travel tales

Camino Portugués – memories

A couple of my friends are about to begin their own pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. They're even following the same route I did, the Camino Portugués. My walk from northern Portugal to Galicia was, without doubt, one of the best experiences of my life. So many great memories, and such lovely people (some of… Continue reading Camino Portugués – memories

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Stranger in a strange land: communication tips for travel

My dear Florida Mary recently became a European. Although generally loving it, she just had a somewhat disagreeable shopping experience in Germany. Misunderstandings, raised voices and unhappiness ensued. I urged her not to let the unpleasant episode sour her thinking. I've travelled a fair bit, mainly to non-english speaking countries. I've occasionally had similar run-ins but the vast majority of folk… Continue reading Stranger in a strange land: communication tips for travel

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WHW – day6

path over the Làirig MòrLovely as my campsite was, its lochside location made it midgie-central. I was mercilessly devoured by the wee flying buggers as I packed up my tent this morning. I am a spotty, itchy wreck of a creature now  :(Despite the scratching I had a great walk today. It was the last… Continue reading WHW – day6

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WHW – day5

Buachaille Etive Mòr from White Corries A tough but enjoyable day on the Way today. Oddly, the worst section was the 4 or 5 mile valley walk along the bottom of Glen Coe. It felt like such a trauchle, somehow. My spirits lifted as I started the climb up the infamous Devil's Staircase, even though the rain… Continue reading WHW – day5

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WHW – day4

Wild and atmospheric Rannoch Moor from the WayThe weather forecast for "light showers" all morning was fairly accurate. Happily, in practice this was far less miserable than I'd feared. The sky was generally overcast but the blustery breeze kept the rain clouds scudding along and allowed occasional patches of blue sky and sun to shine… Continue reading WHW – day4