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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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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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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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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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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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