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January 15, 2017

“A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step”, ancient Chinese proverb.

In my experience, a journey of any significance starts a long way before you put your boots on.  A journey starts with a wish, a desire, a longing, an urge, an inner compelling.


April 18, 2016

On my journey, I can look back at seven mistakes.

1.    I made the mistake of planning for the future based on the present reality

It was early April and I had packed for cold, wet and windy. What I got was scorching sunshine.  Sunburn and dehydration were my bigges...

April 13, 2016

In my previous blog, I walked alone, I mentioned a social research project.  Only three of the sixty-eight participants made it through the eight hours of being disconnected, or to reverse it, 65 gave up.

I was a youth worker for nearly 20 years and the capacity of youn...

April 11, 2016

Have you ever deliberately disconnected yourself from the world for more than just a few hours?

In the morning we say good morning to someone be it a spouse, a child or the shopkeeper.  The most crushing existence I can imagine is having no one to talk to, no one to sha...

March 29, 2016

“Not all those who wander are lost” is a line from the poem All that is gold does not glitter, written by J. R. R. Tolkien and it has inspired many a tattoo.  

Except for me, I was wondering why I was wandering and it was because I was lost.  I was lost in France but no...

July 13, 2014

The word ‘tough’ is a relative term, it has to measured against something else. I had a tough day at work or I just completed a tough crossword or ate a tough steak. We are comparing the present event with some past event. The GR20 (GR is the French designation for the...

May 20, 2014

There are guidebooks and blogs but they do not tell you everything. This is the blog which will spill the beans, a tell all, warts and blisters. This is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but bold exageration and artistic licence.

The Camino Francis is one of many o...

March 30, 2014

A few years ago I watched a film "The Way". Not a great film by all critical accounts but I liked it. It introduced me for the first time to a pilgrimage walk called "The Camino" from St Jean Pied de Port in southern France across the Pyrenees to Spain and then west to...

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