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Van life takes a dramatic twist

Maybe it was a twist of fate, or maybe things were going just a little too well…whatever  the reason, life in the van came to an abrupt end shortly after my last blog post. It was something that we had feared might happen, but didn’t quite believe it would!

Luckily for us it was a beautiful day, so we could bask in the sun while we waited for the tow truck. And we were stuck in the most beautiful place: Aurland, right next to the fjord.

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Aurland. There are worst places to be broken down!

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Life on the road so far…

Well, life on the road so far has been pretty hectic! I know I said I’d blog and keep you all up to date, and this is my first post in a month on the road. Shameful, I know! It’s going to have to be a quick one, as I seem to have misplaced my glasses and am squinting at my laptop in a very headache-inducing fashion.

We started off on the goat farm just south of Oslo at the beginning of June. It was really interesting and we enjoyed the experience. We decided to head off on the road rather than stick around, however. Norway is quite a bit bigger than we realised! And we don’t want to rush from place to place, so we took off from the farm and headed towards the west coast.

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A guide to the theatre in Bristol

For those of us lucky enough to call Bristol our home, we’re blessed with an exciting and frankly impressive range of theatres and performances to choose from. Whether you’re looking for classic Shakespearean tragedy or boundary-pushing work from new artists, Bristol is where it’s at.

The theatre options in Bristol are so varied and such high quality that you could bounce from theatre to theatre taking in great performances at every turn. In fact, I’ve just written a blog for Visit Bristol explaining how to do just that! Check it out and let me know what you think – do you agree with my theatre choices? Are there any others you’d have included?

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Converting a VW Transporter: first steps

‘Let’s get a van,’ we said. ‘Let’s drive it all over the continent,’ we said. ‘We’ll do it up, build a bed in there, chuck in some soft furnishings and live in it.’ That’s pretty much how easily the plan came together. What’s not quite as easy is the work to do it up! Fortunately, we’ve made a good start and the dream is getting a little closer to reality.

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Walking blind in the Brecon Beacons

If there’s one thing spring stands for it’s new beginnings in all forms. New life, fresh starts and, most importantly, new adventures.

Earlier this month we ventured out on a spring morning to the Brecon Beacons. Pen y Fan was our destination and our goal was to reach the top and see some stunning Welsh countryside. I don’t think Pen y Fan got the memo though. The weather forecast predicted fog up until 10:00. ‘Perfect!’ I thought. ‘By the time we reach the top it will be just burning off and I’ll get some beautiful photos.’

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Firefighting in Habana Vieja

Sitting quietly in El Museo del Chocolate, sipping a hot chocolate and contemplating how to spend the rest of the day, I notice a hubbub from outside. Waiting staff in black outfits swish out of the door to see what’s happening as crowds begin to gather outside the windows. The German couple on the next table move towards the window speaking hurriedly together.

Speaking neither a lot of Spanish, nor German, I was feeling rather nonplussed. I quickly paid for my drink, much to the annoyance of the waitress, whose morning’s entertainment I had clearly interrupted. Heading outside I looked up, following the gaze of the crowd. Flames, dark orange, red and foreboding, licked and twirled out of the top middle window of a building a few doors down.

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The weather makes travellers of us all

The rooftops, the ground, the treetops glimmer and sparkle in the pale yellow streetlight. The world glows, even though the sun won’t be up for another hour; like an expectant mother, radiance comes from within. All is pristine, a clean new slate. Waking up on a chilly morning, peeping through the curtains at the outside world and seeing the everyday transformed into a landscape that’s totally different to when you went to bed a few hours ago is special.

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Photo Challenge: Relax

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Wandering amongst brilliantly colourful houses, smelling the salty air while sunlight bursts through the leafy canopies of the many trees, my breathing slows, and my heart rate drops a little to keep rhythm with island time. The haven of tranquility that is Prince Edward Island is home to an enclave so sedate, you might wonder if time is standing still. Now that is relaxation.

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Death of Fidel Castro, end of an era?

Today the world awoke to the news that Fidel Castro, leader of the Cuban revolution has died. Heralded by some as a hero, a mastermind who freed Cuba from the clutches of Capitalism. Condemned by others as a villain with little regard for human rights, ‘Fidel’ was in his lifetime certainly a divisive  figure, and surely will continue to be so after death.

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