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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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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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The Small Things

The Small Things

‘And then one student said that happiness is what happens when you go to bed on the hottest night of the summer, a night so hot you can’t even wear a t-shirt and you sleep on top of the sheets instead of under them, although try to sleep is probably more accurate. And then at some point late, late, late at night, say just a bit before dawn, the heat finally breaks and the night turns into cool and when…

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HTMW Recaps – May 2017

HTMW Recaps – May 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 was far quieter and more relaxed than April, and I’ve felt a lot less stressed out. I’ve taken time for myself, in extreme contrast to last month, so the quote this month reflects…

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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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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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