For the last decade or so, I’ve been a solo traveller. It’s not a lifestyle choice, it’s just the way things worked out and I’ve got so used to it that I can’t imagine travelling with someone else. This year I’ve done just that. In May I went caravanning in France with my sister. That’s… More One bear becomes two bears
Although I wrote this more than two weeks ago, today is the day that I’m coming home from my 2017 trip to Edinburgh. And what better August photoset than pictures from my previous trip?
It’s that time of month again – another trip back in time to my year as a student in Switzerland in 2005/2006. Today we’re going down to the shores of Lake Geneva. I’d found some caves in my guidebook, semi-secret ones and I wanted to depart at the crack of dawn to find them. Unfortunately,… More Chateau de Chillon
I’m a great believer in travelling with a knife and I have two. Opinel are a French manufacturer of relatively cheap but really good knives. Traditionally they have simple beech wood handles and they come in about a dozen styles. Most of them look pretty similar on the website so I assume the difference is… More Useful Travel Items: Opinel knives
In a week’s time I’ll be halfway through my 2017 trip to Edinburgh and Tom wants to go up Arthur’s Seat so let’s go back to my 2015 climb. Right in the heart of Edinburgh is a volcano. It’s an extinct volcano and it manifests itself in two places – Castle Rock and Arthur’s Seat. Castle Rock… More The Volcano Adventures: Arthur’s Seat
First of all, thank you everyone for reading this blog. July has been amazing in terms of statistics. Without giving exact numbers, my views are up more than 35% on June and visitors up more than 53% which is incredible. Even better, views and visitors are up 108% and 148% respectively on January. So thank you, and… More Fringe 101
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!