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Going cold Turkey

December 30, 2016

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On Christmas Eve morning I bolted upright in bed from a panic attack. My heart was racing fast and the bed sheets were damp from sweat. Today I was packing up my London flat once more and hitting the airport with no return date. There was a feeling of trepidation because as much as I […]

Zanibar and the island of Pemba

July 11, 2015

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It took roughly four days for me and BQ to recover from our Mount Kilimanjaro hike. I’m not talking about sore muscles or knees….I’m talking about the hidden pitfalls of climbing at altitude: water retention; bloatedness, irregular digestion, constipation, body clock off, wind (yes flatulence and burping) – everything the guide books leave out. The […]

Tanzania

June 16, 2015

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It’s been a long time coming but I am finally on my way to Tanzania, my father’s birthplace. He immigrated to the UK age 17 during the 1960s and only went back once for his honeymoon.          The trip has been in my mind for some years but dad’s poor health has been the catalyst […]

Call 911 there’s been an emergency

April 4, 2015

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Don’t panic, this didn’t really happen, but it was what I was yelling in the water to the captain of my boat while removing gear in the water and towing my dive instructor through some of the toughest waves in the ocean. The swell made the excercise even more taxing than it is already and […]

Gili Air

November 24, 2014

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After leaving Scrat I took a bus and then a boat and headed to Gili Air. It is an island off the mainland of Lombok and is supposed to be the Goldilocks of the three islands: Gili T, Air and Meno) T being too mental and a party place. Meno being secluded and quiet and […]