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Two Tales from The Blue Pearl

Two Tales from The Blue Pearl

‘All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.’ – Leo Tolstoy. Breaking The Fast The searing heat of the day has evaporated, leaving behind warm, heavy air as dusk settles over the square. People are emerging from the shadows now that the temperatures are dropping to comfortable levels. The restaurants have remained empty all day, save a few straggling tourists, unaccustomed to the burning sun and noticeably drooping….

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A Guide to Travelling Independently in Jordan

A Guide to Travelling Independently in Jordan

‘I would travel only by horse, if I had the choice.’ – Linda McCartney. I suffered some anxiety before we went to Jordan. The Lonely Planet guide made me feel nervous about the border crossing between Israel and Jordan. It didn’t ease my concerns over independent travel around the country either, taking the easy option and recommending that people opt for guided tours where possible. These are the limitations I often come across when reading Lonely Planet guides. Whilst good…

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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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When I Miss New Zealand…

When I Miss New Zealand…

‘I feel that New Zealand is my second home.’ – Luke Evans. When I miss New Zealand, I like to look back over my favourite photos from the eighteen months I lived there and reminisce over the good times I had. I miss New Zealand less than I used to (i.e. not every single day anymore), but waves of ‘homesickness’ for the Land of the Long White Cloud do still hit me from time to time and I feel anxious…

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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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Postcards from Bruges

Postcards from Bruges

‘Bruges is a beautiful medieval city, almost untouched by time.’ – James Frain. Bruges is the sort of city that lures you down it’s narrow cobbled streets and instantly charms you with it’s beautiful architecture and comforting chocolate box scenes. You know, the sort of chocolates that you might give to an elderly neighbour at Christmas… It’s a picture perfect city, and the ideal location for another of my ‘Postcards from…’ posts. You may remember that my last lot of…

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HTMW Recaps – March 2017

HTMW Recaps – March 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, my truly favourite days were spent in Wadi Rum. As such, the quote from the legendary T.E. Lawrence this month sums up how I felt about this special part of Jordan. ‘No man…

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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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A Vignette from Mongolia

A Vignette from Mongolia

‘That feeling when you’re so cold you’d give anything to be warm…’ – Bear Grylls. It has been playing on my mind for a while now that I’ve not written much about our Long Journey Home last year. I’ve mainly been asking myself why this is. Why is there this mental block when it comes to writing about our trip? Why don’t I want to write anything down? Why have I only written a measly 7-8 posts about an epic…

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London: Ten Things I Love About You

London: Ten Things I Love About You

‘I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.’ – As You Like It, William Shakespeare. I love London. There, I said it. Seriously, nearly every single day I find new things that I love, or love to hate… I remembered recently that I did a post way back when in April 2015 listing all of the things I loved about my then new home, New Zealand, and I’ve decided it’s high time I did a similar post…

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