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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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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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Reflections on 2016

Reflections on 2016

‘The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you’ve come.’ – Ian Knabel. On a personal level, 2016 has been a good year. Not as great as 2015 – you’ll remember that in Reflections on 2015, I boldly made the claim that 2015 was the best year I’d had yet, and 2016 didn’t top it, but it wasn’t bad. On a personal level. On a global level… My, what a year! We had Brexit, we had…

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A Great New Zealand Road Trip

A Great New Zealand Road Trip

‘What it takes to realize everything is fine around you? A road trip to the mountains where your soul dwells in the echoes of the winds that carry fragments of clouds with them.’ – Anjit Sharma. In my opinion, the best way to explore New Zealand is by car or camper van, road trip style. I was lucky enough to take three road trips around the South Island whilst I lived in the country and travel extensively in the North…

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Sunsets and Their Stories

Sunsets and Their Stories

‘The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire.’ – Pamela Hansford Johnson. Being a night owl rather than a someone who particularly enjoys the morning, I’m far more likely to see a sunset than a sunrise. I’ve been pretty lucky to have seen some amazing sunsets throughout my years, both when travelling and at home in Wales too. It’s been in the back of my mind for some time now to collate some of the more memorable sunsets…

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What Travel Has Taught Me

What Travel Has Taught Me

‘Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.’ – Henry Ford. Whilst on my most recent trip on the Trans-Siberian railway, I spent three weeks in Russia. I had some serious misconceptions about Russia before I arrived in the country. I worried…

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On Wanaka

On Wanaka

‘You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere…’ – Miriam Adeney.  It’s about time that I dedicated a whole blog post to the fact that Wanaka is my favourite place in New Zealand. I have long been meaning to write this post but for some reason I never got around to it before now. But finally, here we go! They do say (whoever they are) that some places permeate you more strongly than others. People…

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