A few more days in Peru

The day did not start well. Today we would leave Cuzco and, over the next four days, drive the 350 miles or so south to Arequipa, stopping for a couple of nights in Puno, on the shore of Lake Titicaca. Hoping for the early start that would see us rolling into Puno by late afternoon,…

A few days in Peru

There is a map of the world in the basement of our house. Each place we’ve visited is indicated on the map by a colored pin. There are a lot of pins. They sweep confidently across Europe, from the Algarve to Moscow, barely missing a country. The eastern side of North America is equally well represented – so much…

The tale of the $1,000 passport

“No, I’m not making it up. I know it sounds incredible, but that really did happen.” Over the years, these words have become a standard conclusion to any story related to my experiences in mid-nineties Moscow. The words are usually greeted by intensely skeptical, almost sympathetic expressions on the face of the listener – as…

Embrace your insignificance

Thank you for your message. I’m currently out of the office and will not be checking email during my absence. In case of need, I can be reached on my mobile phone. However, before you consider calling me, please be certain that the survival of the human race hangs in the balance – and that…

Icelandic Adventure: A Brief Photo Stop

One day, I’ll stop going on and on about our visit to Iceland. One day, I’ll finish writing about the trip and will post the account of our final day in that magnificent country. Today is not that day. On a positive note, I do at least recognise the signs of my obsession with the place.…

Icelandic Adventure: Day One – Keflavík to Jökulsárlón

There have probably been more pleasant introductions to a country. As the sliding doors at Iceland’s Keflavík airport parted, and before we had placed a foot outside, gale force winds and driving rain attacked us from out of the darkness and threatened to send us tumbling back to the hire car desk. This wasn’t the…

The view from behind seat 23E

A few weeks ago I posted an article about the modern flying experience and its participants. In “The view from seat 23E”, I took a mostly lighthearted look at some of today’s flying rituals and suggested ways in which we might extract some enjoyment from the whole process. But all is not well inside our…