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My Viewpoint on the Working Animals at Petra

My Viewpoint on the Working Animals at Petra

‘Humanity’s true moral test, its fundamental test… consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals.’ – Milan Kundera. I’ve been meaning to write a post for a long time about my visit to Petra in March 2017, and my opinion on the way the working animals are treated at this world famous tourist attraction. Now, with the recent publication of an article on the BBC website about this very topic, I feel it has become even…

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HTMW Recaps: January 2018

HTMW Recaps: January 2018

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. January has been strange, in many respects. Although the year started positively, with trips to Devon and Norway, the majority of the rest of the month has been taken up with flat hunting, flat viewings…

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Feeling Small in Wadi Rum

Feeling Small in Wadi Rum

‘In this big ball of people, I’m just one grain of sand on this beach.’ – Aurora. This vast land rolls away as far as I can see in every direction, barren and empty. Space is disceptive. Things seem closer than they actually are. My eyes trick me, making distance difficult to calculate. A rock formation appears to be close, but as we walk towards it, it grows further and further away until we have been walking for half an hour…

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HTMW Recaps: December 2017

HTMW Recaps: December 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. December is all about Christmas, right? The food, the lights, the time spent with loved ones, the giving and receiving of presents, time at home, time to relax, all the alcohol… So it seems fitting…

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My 2018 Ambitions

My 2018 Ambitions

‘My personal ambition remains the same – to be creative, to be modern, to stay one step ahead, to enjoy life.’ – Natalie Massenet. Since 2016, I have written a post to welcome the new year in and outline my ambitions for the coming months. 2018 is no exception, and I have plenty I want to achieve over the next twelve months. In My 2017 Ambitions I outlined several goals I wanted to fulfil. Let’s start with those goals I…

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Reflections on 2017

Reflections on 2017

‘We do not remember days, we remember moments.’ – Cesare Pavese. Every year, I write a reflection post on the past 365 days, looking back over everything I’ve done and remembering the highlights, the bad times and throwing up some of my favourite images taken. You can find my previous posts here, reflecting on 2015 and 2016 respectively. 2017 has been a busy year. And the time has flown. I can barely believe I am writing my annual reflection post…

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Visiting Bath: One of my Favourite Cities in the World

Visiting Bath: One of my Favourite Cities in the World

‘As for Bath, all history went and bathed, and drank the waters there.’ – William Thackeray. One of my favourite cities in the world is actually a lot closer to home than many people may think. Bath, the beautiful spa city in Wiltshire, with its warm honey-coloured limestone architecture, has been a place I invariably return to every year or so. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when Bath won a spot in my heart and became one of my favourite places….

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HTMW Recaps: November 2017

HTMW Recaps: November 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. One of my highlights this month was attending the TEDx Women’s Conference. It was so inspiring! This month’s quote is therefore from one of my favourite speakers of the day. ‘Every time we find hope,…

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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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A Guide to Travelling Independently in Jordan

A Guide to Travelling Independently in Jordan

‘I would travel only by horse, if I had the choice.’ – Linda McCartney. I suffered some anxiety before we went to Jordan. The Lonely Planet guide made me feel nervous about the border crossing between Israel and Jordan. It didn’t ease my concerns over independent travel around the country either, taking the easy option and recommending that people opt for guided tours where possible. These are the limitations I often come across when reading Lonely Planet guides. Whilst good…

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