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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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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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On Trust and Gut Instinct

On Trust and Gut Instinct

‘Have faith in your intuition and listen to your gut instinct.’ – Ann Cotton. There have been many moments whilst I’ve been travelling when I’ve needed to put my trust in my gut instinct entirely and hope it’s not leading me wrong. I find that it is one of the hardest things about travel – having faith in complete strangers and hoping for the best! I’ve been lucky so far and not had any trouble, but there can be moments when you wonder…

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Mongolia: Before The Rain

Mongolia: Before The Rain

‘I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn’t show.’ – Andrew Wyeth. At the end of April, I entered the 2016 National Geographic Writing Competition. Unfortunately, my entry was not successful and I won’t be enjoying the free trip to Madagascar in October, nor will my piece of writing be published by the magazine. Oh well! It’s good for you guys, because it means that I have decided…

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My 2016 Ambitions

My 2016 Ambitions

‘Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.’ – Tony Robbins. ‘The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.’ – Melody Beattie. A new year. You can almost smell the promise and hope on the wind that blows in off the Irish Sea. Gusts blast us as we inch our way along the cliff  top, stopping every few…

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A Really Good Book

A Really Good Book

‘Kill all the Bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember, it’s a sin to kill a Mockingbird’ – Atticus Finch, ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee. The most recent book I read was ‘The Hunger Games’. Loved it. Couldn’t put it down. And you know those sorts of books where you think about them for ages afterwards as well? It was one of those. So I downloaded (I am a weirdo who has a Kindle App…

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