Welcome to the inner workings of my head
I’m fascinated by human nature and I’m endlessly frustrated by the inefficiency, inequality and injustice in the world. I’ve always had a soft spot for the underdog and I believe that the more base aspects of human nature will be expressed as long as there is gross inequality and oppression in the world. I put my faith in the here and now, our amazing capacity to know and better ourselves, and integrating evidence-based problem solving and intuition. I respect those who don't judge others, and who understand the point at which fact blurs into opinion and moderate their statements accordingly. I’ve had to work hard for a healthy mind and am grateful for that struggle because it has shown me the power and balance that comes from tending mind and body.
These are the things that occupy my thoughts and daydreams, most idle moments will see me trying to frame or figure out a problem that needs fixing. My unquiet mind colours both my weaknesses along with my strengths. It’s a part of my nature that I’ve learned to accept and harness and my training as a scientist has developed it further. Mickey assures me it’s part of what he loves about me. I’m sure at times it’s hard for him though…I can be a bit like a dog worrying a bone that it can’t leave alone. On this backdrop it might be easy for you to see that writing is a lot like therapy for me, it helps me organise my thoughts and get them out of my head.
Maybe in that process I can produce something that's of interest to you too, something that brings a new perspective, inspires you or helps you accept and understand something you've been struggling with. Or maybe you'll just enjoy reading what I write and live vicariously a little through our travels. Whatever you get out of it, thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy it. If you do, it'd be great to know - leave us a comment, share or subscribe and if it’s not too presumptuous I’d like to ask that you take it with you and apply it to the real world. Writing can help communicate ideas but ultimately it’s our personal interactions that define our influence on the world and the legacy we leave behind. If anything here speaks to you, take it, make use of it and make it part of your life. This world we live in is awe-inspiring and we are each a miracle. Thanks so much for reading & go well.
Since losing our bikes on the edge of Europe we’ve had to get inventive regarding our modes of.
Wonder. One of the better human traits. It is often referred to as a child-like but it is,.
Learning how to welcome transition, and discovering boredom is essential . It’s been some time since I updated.
Arriving in Alleppey I think we were both just about done. Whilst we’ve been without bikes for a.
It’s OK to be not OK I’ve just read a blog post on the fact that “feeling those.
It’s 6 am in the morning and I’m on a sleeper train to Bangalore for the day with.
For the last week we’ve been getting to know our way around the flagship campus of Agastya International.
Over the last six weeks, I’ve become increasingly aware of two problems that India poses for me, one.
We make plans and the world laughs Our saga continues: two motorcycle world travellers that haven’t properly ridden.
Rediscovering Yorkshire (August 2016 – To catch up with other recent developments see our picture blog here –.
At what point do you stop trying? At what point is it acceptable to cut your losses and.
It’s late in the day, past 5. The landscape opens up to flatland under a burning, blue sky..
19th July The road to Slovakia We’ve stayed the last few days with Mickey’s friend in Kraków. It’s.
Believe that you can Adventure motorcycle travel is often portrayed as fearless, adventure junkies sat on huge bikes,.
16th July At ease by now with the navigation we head out on the road from Poznan. Although.
10th July It’s time to leave Poznań today . Przem and Jarek, the AJP dealers that we came.
We’ve spent the last 6 days with Roman in Gorzow Wielkopolski with our friend Roman – our first.
27th June Manfred sits down and places a bottle of wine down on the picnic table not far.
I wake early again and climb out of the tent to practice yoga and finish waking up. As.
Ironically, today’s ride was almost entirely devoid of them. Only long, Roman-straight roads through endless Elysian fields, waving.
And also our penultimate one. (15th June) We arrived in Munich to collect the Carnet de Passages, the.
And it felt good! (13th June) We woke and I once again felt tired after a good night’s.
Thick and fast, a black line in the sky racing over lake Konstanz blurring everything behind it with.
I sigh, resigned to the fact that the tiredness that’s developed over the last few weeks will take.
And the sun shone, at last. It was only a short hop across the border from Turkheim and.
This was my parting statement to Evelyne and Claude as they left the restaurant de Poste in Docelles.
It’s been difficult to organise my thoughts from the last few days. There has been so much to.
It’s evident we’re not going to make it to Halle tonight, as we’d originally planned. We ride the.
Veurne, Belgium It’s 6 am and Mickey is still sleeping. I’m looking out over a windswept field of.
Despite the obvious contradiction in terms, the myth of a right way to adventure is all too visible,.
After a lovely Christmas break and a torrential few days in which many Christmas’ were ruined the winter.
I love Christmas Carols, the beautiful choral voices and allegories sum up the essence of what I’ve always.
I’ve spent the last four weeks on a CELTA course and it was pretty intensive. For those of.
Our new PR4 bikes are here! And we couldn’t be more pleased with them (as you can see.
When we first made the decision to take this trip we both knew that there’d be a fair.
Since my last post on the personal nature of travel experiences and the benefits you can derive from.
Tomorrow I fly back to the UK from New Zealand… …to resume a somewhat normal life for a.
I read a blog article a while ago on how travel is just another exercise in narcissism and.
We woke up early after our first night on the Routeburn and while Dylan and Rebecca efficiently cooked.
A few weeks ago whilst working in the lab one of my colleagues heard me say I wanted.