I’m very excited to be writing this post because I have something very exciting to tell you that I’ve only told a very small handful of people in real life. I’ve written a book! Well, it’s not finished. But I’ve just had the proof copy of the sixth draft and I’m hoping that after a… More I wrote a book!
Last month I wrote the first part of the story of my 2002 school trip to Russia and I left it at the last night in Moscow, just as we were about to board the sleeper train to St Petersburg. This was the part the teachers and adults had been most worried about. I was… More Russia 2002 part 2: St Petersburg
There we are in the blistering heat, a marquee up behind us. It’s taken us three or four attempts to figure out what shape the frame should be but it’s up. There’s me, most experienced camper of the lot and severely emetophobic First Aider. There’s Pixie, inexperienced camper doing her assessed camp for her camp… More Alice in Wonderland camp
“How many ti… I mean, have you… have you ever… crashed?” The idea of spending my twenty-first birthday soaring through the blue skies had been an amazing one but now I was sitting in a gondola with a stranger, both of us wearing heavy lumpy backpacks and the moment when we jumped off a mountain… More I love flying!
July’s photoset is some of my favourite landscapes – so favourite that I’ve got them on rotation on my work computer. Think of me, by the way – as this is posted, I’m hopefully surviving my first ever Guide camp without an older, more experienced leader as ultimately responsible. I’ll tell you all about it… More Photoset: landscapes in black & white
Spoiler alert – those two days were many years apart. During my gap year, before I realised I was a spa person, I was dragged down the lake from my university hometown of Neuchâtel to Yverdon-les-Bains at the other end of the lake. Almost all southbound trains from Neuchâtel stop at Yverdon so that was nice… More Two days at the spa town of Yverdon-les-Bains
If there’s one travel item that’s genuinely changed my entire life, it’s the discovery of polarised sunglasses – and specifically that you can get them with prescriptions. I’ve worn glasses since I was too young to remember, when I was about two and couldn’t see the boats on the sea from the Square & Compass… More Useful travel items: polarised sunglasses
When was the first time you went travelling on your own? It was April 2000 and I was fourteen. And I wasn’t on my own, I was in the company of another fourteen-year-old but we were without adults so it does count. We went to Italy for two weeks to take part in a Raptor… More Travel Q&A
Back at the end of March I went on a shoestring trip to Switzerland to celebrate a new job. I looked at flights from my local airport on Skyscanner to find the cheapest interesting flight they did, which turned out to be Geneva, and then I searched the comparison websites to find the cheapest accommodation… More Staying and travelling in Grindelwald