Travel

Sep 292012
 
GATHERING

What is tourism but a gathering of selves from the dust of time? The pyramids. Uluru. Machu Picchu. Stonehenge. Places of attraction on Planet Earth that draw thousands daily and millions annually . . . for what, if not to awaken memories cast in stone, tune into vibrations of times past, steady modern lives with [read more …]

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Sep 282012
 
BARCELONA IS A WOMAN'S TOWN

Barcelona is a woman’s town. I noticed this on my first visit there, 15 years ago. The women glowed. They shone. They were worshipped by the men on their arms. Young, old, of middle age. Beautiful, plain. Just the same, all unequivocally adored, all sharing the same informal, confident grace. All unambiguously empowered, as women. [read more …]

Sep 262012
 
ACCIDENTAL EXPERIMENT WITH HOMELESSNESS

There is a point in every day where the tide of human affairs recedes, when streets empty, stores close and people retreat, as light itself withdraws from the world. It is the point where once-mothers sit alone in big houses, that ought to be filled with the voices of children demanding dinner and needing baths, [read more …]

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Aug 282012
 
HIGHLAND HOMECOMING:  ACROSS THE NORTH

It took a wee while to settle last night around the stern folk of John O’Groats, who were pleasant enough when they thought money was coming their way but soon turned sour when they realised it was not. There were signs everywhere proclaiming no overnighters and the hotel carpark was packed, so I parked up [read more …]

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