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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HTMW Recaps – February 2017

HTMW Recaps – February 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 has really been all about my wonderful friends and family, so here is a quote for February that just about sums up how I feel about them all: ‘How I measure riches is…

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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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HTMW Recaps – January 2017

HTMW Recaps – January 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 has been crazy on a global level (I can’t even begin…), and I posted the picture at the beginning of this post on Instagram the day after Trump’s inauguration with the following quote: ‘Together we can…

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A Note on Bubbles

A Note on Bubbles

“First of all,” he said, “if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” – To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee. I read the Daily Mail. Shocker, I know. Now let me explain why. Millions of people in the UK read this publication on…

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On Camaraderie

On Camaraderie

‘We’re all working together; that’s the secret.’ – Sam Walton. I’ve noticed fairly frequently when I travel and something goes wrong (be it a delayed commuter train into London or a flight circling Ulaan Bator for an hour because it can’t land due to high winds) that people invariably become more sociable. Those who studiously avoided making eye contact when boarding the 8.45am service into London now look up, sigh and roll eyes at one another. A few might even exchange some…

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