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HTMW Recaps: November 2017

HTMW Recaps: November 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. One of my highlights this month was attending the TEDx Women’s Conference. It was so inspiring! This month’s quote is therefore from one of my favourite speakers of the day. ‘Every time we find hope,…

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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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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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Postcards from Chefchaouen

Postcards from Chefchaouen

‘Blue thou art, intensely blue; Flower, whence came thy dazzling hue?’ – James Montgomery. I’ll admit it, hands up, guilty. Chefchaouen, or The Blue Pearl, is the first place that I’ve travelled to because Instagram inspired me. This stunning city in the heart of the Rif mountains is every single shade of blue that you can imagine, and I wanted a slice of the pie. So, when £50 return flights to Fes came up one random weekend in April, I…

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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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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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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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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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