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Exploring China and the Yangtze River

May 19th, 2019
I am on my way to my childhood fantasy world of China on a nine and a half hour flight from Heathrow, London to Beijing. Hudson Taylor died over a hundred years ago in 1905 but the stories of his adventures to try and establish Christianity in this distant land still resonate in my head. Would the pictures conjured up in my head by reading their stories match the China I was to discover in 2019? read more

Walking the Great Glen Way

October 4th, 2018
We are to embark on a five day trek from Fort William to Iverness, known as the Great Glen Way, and none of us had managed a long distance walk before. It is a sponsored walk in aid of a children's hospice in Tbilisi (the capital of Georgia). The weather forecast is rain and more rain but with some sunny intervals. So we embark on our adventure in some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. read more

Catalan culture in Collioure

August 28th, 2018
We are on the high speed train from Girona to Perpignan but have stopped at Figueres near the French border. Apparently the train driver has left the train and not returned. We are stranded and we wait an hour and then two hours and eventually a new driver arrives by taxi! The original driver was protesting about his work terms and conditions. In the meantime other passengers have long since left and caught a taxi to Perpignan airport to ensure they did not miss their flights. read more

The hidden gem of Girona

August 22nd, 2018
We arrive at our studio apartment in the Old Town of Girona within a stone's throw of the cathedral. The apartment is up a series of steep steps and entered from the street through a very narrow door using an access code. We find keys for the inside door underneath the door mat. There are two keys and we assume they are identical as the outside door is opened by using the access code. A fatal mistake. We go outside to explore the city and find something to eat. On our return we discover the key does not fit the inside door and we are locked out! read more

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