I wrote this post three weeks ago. As you read this, I’m having my mentor visit in order to sign off the very last clause of my Adult Leadership Qualification with Guides. Three ALQs! Judging by my past record, I’ll be doing Rainbows by September. If you’re involved in Guiding for a while, you might… More Meet my camp blanket
Our first real day out on the county Guides Switzerland 2014 trip was to the sights of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Stop One: The Trümmelbach Falls I’ve spent a lot of summer holidays in Austria with my parents and one thing we do quite often is visit a gorge. This was just like that but vertical. The… More Switzerland 2014: Lauterbrunnen
In October, I did my Level 1 sailing certificate. When the winter was over and the centre was open again (ie last weekend), I did my Level 2. Five and a half months with no practice wasn’t very helpful but my biggest obstacle of the weekend was that the dinghy, a 16’ Wayfarer, was rigged… More Level 2 sailing weekend
In August 2014, I went on a county Guide trip to Switzerland. There were twelve of us and I was the penultimate youngest, at just turned 29. Kate (the organiser’s daughter) was 24, then the next youngest was 52 and the other nine just skyrocketed from there, topping out in the late 70s. There are… More Switzerland 2014: Anita’s B&B
This is a tale about my kayaking trip. Spoiler: I’m not very good at it and we capsized six times. I’d been to the Outdoors Show in London and met the Go Canoeing people. My previous boating experience was an hour canoeing in a very small school swimming pool as a Guide and crewing Martyn’s… More Kayaking and capsizing. All the time.
The internet will tell you that if you want to travel, you have to give up your job and put the rest of your life on hold, that travel is something you do 24/7 or not at all. It’s not. I started what I call “a gap year” in November 2008, while working full… More How to travel while simultaneously working full time
As a language student, I was required to spend a compulsory Year Abroad in a country where my language was spoken. Because of my aversion to spending a year on a beach in the south of France or in Paris, I ended up in the Alps – specifically, in Switzerland. So in October 2005,… More Going solo: a journey begins in Switzerland
If you’re short on time, what’s a good way to see and do everything important? Day Zero My favourite flight to Iceland is Icelandair’s FI455, LHR 21:10 – KEF 23:10 direct. You can do pretty much a full day at work and then fly off in the evening. The downside, of course, is arriving very… More 48 Hours in Reykjavik