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The Land Below the Wind

“In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds” –  Robert Green Ingersoll

Low's Peak. Mount Kinabalu. Sabah, Borneo

Low’s Peak. Mount Kinabalu. Sabah, Borneo

It was with surprise and great sadness that I learnt of the earthquake in Borneo last weekend, which struck Mount Kinabalu and took the lives of several guides and climbers. Continue reading

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Slow and steady

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies” – Mother TeresaOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

As I slide down the slippery slope towards the latter half of my 30s I often find myself contemplating the possibility of self-improvement, wondering whether I’m really making the most of the opportunities that come my way and how I could do better. I’ve said this before, I know. It led to my list of 50 things to do in life, which I’m quietly working through. But most of the things on the list are pretty big and can’t be achieved quickly or easily. That was, after all, the whole point.

But what about every day improvements? Continue reading

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Good Morning, Viet Nam

“To travel is to live” – H.C.Andersen

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Tran Phu, Hoi An

There are many reasons I consider myself to be extremely fortunate. This week, aside from the usual – sufficient funds to feed myself and keep a roof over my head, good health and a loving and supportive partner – I’m counting my blessings that, from time to time, my strangely precarious job takes me on some wonderful adventures. From Bali to Ethiopia to Panama, I’ve been lucky enough to work on conferences the world over, and what’s more, to be able to take these opportunities to explore places I might never otherwise have imagined visiting.

This week, it’s Viet Nam. Continue reading

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Number 51

“Always do what you are afraid to do” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Valleeblanche

*That* ridge walk

Almost as soon as I moved to Geneva, some 12 years ago, I was persuaded to take up skiing. I was sweet-talked into joining a club by a colleague who didn’t want to go it alone. Never having been even remotely tempted to ski – in fact, having been scared stiff of the idea –  I reluctantly agreed. Settling into life in a new country is never easy and I knew that building a social network was important, even if it meant hurtling down a mountain at full throttle, the potential for broken limbs ready to be fulfilled at any moment. So off I went, teeth gritted, in a bid to make a new friend and learn a new activity. Continue reading