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Going Back to Wales

Going Back to Wales

‘There’s no place like home.’ – Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz. Going back to Wales feels nostalgic. The best thing my parents ever did was to move our family to Wales when I was nine years old. I didn’t know it then, but growing up in Wales would come to shape me into the human I am today. Although I don’t go back very often anymore, Wales will always have my heart. I smile slightly to myself as the train…

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Reasons To Return

Reasons To Return

‘The land is always there… it is you who has to return.’ – Munia Khan.  I ran into a woman from the Netherlands whilst crossing the Dursey Strait on a cable car to go and walk around Dursey Island. It was one of those chance encounters where we didn’t catch each others names or plan to meet again later, but we walked together for much of the way and chatted aimiably about many things. The weather was pretty bad. Dense…

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HTMW Recaps: September 2017

HTMW Recaps: September 2017

I normally add a quote to the beginning of each post that sums up or enhances my writing. However, I’m going to use my monthly recaps as an opportunity to sum up the month – be it the mood, the weather, my feelings… Anything really. September is my favourite month of the year, as summer fades and there’s that wonderful slide into autumn, with crunchy leaves, golden colours, hazy light and mornings with a snap in the air. So this…

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The Irresistible Urge to Write

The Irresistible Urge to Write

‘If the urge to write should ever leave me, I want that day to be my last.’ – Naguib Mahfouz. Oh, how I’ve missed writing. You have no idea. The tap of my fingers on the keys as I type. Melodic, rhythmic, making something, making words appear in black against the white background, making a story, pinning down a memory, a thing to share with you. I’ve even missed screwing up my eyes when I can’t be bothered to fetch…

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A Brief Interlude

A Brief Interlude

‘Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.’ – Anne Lamott. You may have noticed that lately, I haven’t been paying a lot of attention to my blog. This is despite repeatedly saying I am going to write more, I am going to put up more posts, edit more photos and generally spend more time getting my content out there. Alas, nothing has come of these assertions and I have found myself in…

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The Small Things

The Small Things

‘And then one student said that happiness is what happens when you go to bed on the hottest night of the summer, a night so hot you can’t even wear a t-shirt and you sleep on top of the sheets instead of under them, although try to sleep is probably more accurate. And then at some point late, late, late at night, say just a bit before dawn, the heat finally breaks and the night turns into cool and when…

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On Returning: A Range of Emotions

On Returning: A Range of Emotions

‘Your emotions are meant to fluctuate… It’s a system that’s supposed to move back and forth, between happy and unhappy. That’s how the system guides you through the world.’ – Daniel Gilbert. The featured image in this post is one of my absolute favourites from The Long Journey Home, taken in Beijing at the Olympic Park. The longest stint I was away from friends and family in the UK was fourteen months, and coming back after all that time away was…

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HTMW Recaps – April 2017

HTMW Recaps – April 2017

I normally add a quote to the beginning of each post that sums up or enhances my writing. However, I’m going to use my monthly recaps as an opportunity to sum up the month – be it the mood, the weather, my feelings… Anything really! This month, as you’ll see, I’ve been rushed off my feet. My quote for the month is therefore about just that – being busy! ‘There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the…

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Souvenir Tales: Israel and Jordan

Souvenir Tales: Israel and Jordan

‘A great souvenir is a singular tangible memory keeper, an almost metaphysical object.’ – Unknown. Although it’s not a key part of my travel experience, I do like to buy one or two (usually small) souvenirs whenever I am in a new country. Sometimes, the souvenir is as simple as a postcard. Other times, it’s an entire one-of-a-kind patchwork quilt which was hand made for me in Ghana. Most of the trinkets and paintings / pictures / photos I have scattered around…

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Visiting The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Visiting The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

‘Es ist geschehen, und folglich kann es wieder geschehen. Darin liegt der Kern dessen, was wir zu sagen haben.’ ‘It happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say.’ Primo Levi. I am standing in the Room of Dimensions and I’m having trouble holding back the tears that are threatening to spill over and trickle down my cheeks. The room is starkly light and my shadow is looming over the transcript on the…

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