Bleary-eyed, clutching my passport and a mass of belongings predictably tumbling out my overpacked day bag, I step off the plane and am instantly hit with a rush of cold air. An icy, British winter morning after 10 weeks in South America. I’d left temperatures of plus 25 degrees back in Lima, but secretly, I […]Read More
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I sit and write this in Bariloche, the Argentine Lake District, a place I didn’t even dream I would be at the end of 2017. I love going back over my photos and remembering all the small details and moments from the year, from catching up with a long lost friend, to the delicate autumn […]Read More
“And this, this is the staff accommodation” gestured G the general manager, proudly. We paused on the outside deck of a wooden chalet style apartment in the fading May light, tinges of red and orange streaked across the sky above the imposing mountain of Bidean Na’am Ban. I couldn’t believe this was my new home. […]Read More
It was a dark, bitterly cold night when I arrived in Ardent on the last week of November. The flickering glow of lights from the dozen or so wooden chalets in the village providing the only light. It was my very first ski season in 2007. I was 22. And I had never been to […]Read More
During the opening game of this World Cup, the BBC ran a campaign called #MyFirstWorldCup across social media with memories ranging from viewers black and white TV games to tales of hiding under the bed covers with a radio, way past bedtime. This set me off on a bit of trip down memory lane. Football […]Read More
Just gone 6am, and the dark November sky in my hostel room was beginning to lighten. I pull on yesterdays clothes, still slung next to the bed and search for my bobble hat and scarf, before quietly leaving my dorm room to sleep. On the landing, a few early birds mill around, making plans for […]Read More
I knew very little about Unst, the most northerly of the Shetland Islands prior to arriving for a month long work exchange at the most northerly hotel in the UK. I had arranged the placement on a total whim – I was tired of my hectic life in London and had quit my job to […]Read More