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HTMW Recaps: October 2017

HTMW Recaps: October 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. Despite a wonderful holiday and lots of fun with friends, October hasn’t been the easiest for me and I’ve had a few sleepless nights worrying about this and that. This quote just about sums up…

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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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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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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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My Viewpoint on the World in 2016

My Viewpoint on the World in 2016

‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.’ – Martin Luther King, Jr.    Never has a quote felt more apt.    Every year, on November 11th, just like millions of others, I pause in whatever I happen to be doing and bow my head in silence for two minutes, to remember those who gave their lives in the two World Wars and those who continue to give or…

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On London (and why I never write anymore…!)

On London (and why I never write anymore…!)

‘There’s nowhere else like London. Nothing at all, anywhere.’ – Vivienne Westwood. London is a busy place. It’s a city that never sleeps (yes, I know they say that about New York, but it definitely applies to London too!). There is always something going on – the list is literally endless of all the achingly hip, cool places you simply must go to this week. There are new articles every single day in TimeOut London and Secret London about these new pop-ups,…

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The Long Journey Home: Exploring Architecture

The Long Journey Home: Exploring Architecture

‘The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilisation.’ – Frank Lloyd Wright. I blame P for the fact that, when I flick through my photo albums from our Long Journey Home, the majority of my photos are of buildings and architecture. His strong interest and enthusiasm for the subject has obviously rubbed off on me. Not that I mind in the slightest. Apart from food, something that I don’t always…

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The Long Journey Home: All The Trains

The Long Journey Home: All The Trains

Above: the train on the China-Mongolia border.   ‘Faster than fairies, faster than witches, bridges and houses, hedges and ditches…’ – an excerpt from Robert Lewis Stevenson’s poem ‘From a Railway Carriage’. These days, I prefer to share stories about my travels and life, rather than the practicalities of how I did it. I write better when I am telling a story than when I am explaining how I did it. Having completed our Long Journey Home, however, I do…

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When Life Is Unexpected

When Life Is Unexpected

Above: home long enough to walk Sybil a few times before leaving again… Facing off with a sheep!   ‘I’m not a very fast-paced person.’ – Patrick Fugit. Or, at least, I thought I wasn’t!! When I got home from our Long Journey Home on the 17th June, I kind of thought I’d have a month or so to catch my breath before plunging into the next bit of whatever life threw my way. Despite being stone broke, the comfort…

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The Long Journey Home: A Taste of Europe Part 2

The Long Journey Home: A Taste of Europe Part 2

Above: Eiffel Tower and the Seine. The mood of this photo matched mine that morning – not exactly glum or gloomy but definitely overcast and sombre! It’s hard reaching the end of your travels and knowing you’ll soon be parting ways with your best friend after spending so much together. ‘Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.’ – Omar Khayyam. We travelled to six cities in Europe before arriving back in the UK on 16th June. After…

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