A Journal From The East Highland Way Walk

Recently I headed up to Scotland to do a couple of long distance trails. Below are some of my thoughts and experiences recorded in my journal as I walked the East Highland Way. Day 1 05/07/14, 22km Avimore → Inverglass Fine weather, the trail much more interesting than the Speyside Way from the offset. Passing alongside lochs with hills in sight. Passed a bothy, another one on the map - perhaps tomorrow night. Got a pint at Loch Insh water sports centre, overlooking the loch. Met a couple (American guy, Canadian girl) who said their car was stuck. I couldn't believe the track, not much

A Journal From The Speyside Way Walk

Recently I headed up to Scotland to do a couple of long distance trails. Below are some of my thoughts and experiences recorded in my journal as I walked the Speyside Way. Day 1 29/07/14, 12km Buckie → Nether Dallachy   My flight to Inverness was delayed an hour and a half but the busses to Buckie were straight forward. Stocked up on food but could only find a huge gas bottle. Very tried from the journey up here, on top of a late night while visiting a friend in Birmingham yesterday. Starting in Buckie at 5:30pm, I had to bribe myself with the reward of a pub in 8km in order to start

A Journal From The Offa’s Dyke Walk

A couple of days ago I finished walking the Offa's Dyke path, a 177 mile (285km) long distance walking trail that roughly follows the England-Wales border in the UK. It took 13 days to complete, covers all manner of terrain and goes through some rural villages and small towns. Apart from a few nights staying with friends and family I wild camped every night. I really enjoyed the journey and learnt a few things along the way. I also met a lot of very nice people. It was a bit of an escape from technology for me so I didn't 'blog' as such, but I did write a bit of a journal which I have typed

A Holiday In Mexico

It has been both a fun and relaxing week in Mexico. I am trying to have a bit more of a 'holiday' this trip - so I booked some accommodation in advance and have been taking it very very easy. This is quite a different to my winging-it, must-do-everything approach that I usually take on my trips. So far it is going well. I flew in to Cancun but wanted to avoid the mega resort so immediately took a bus to Playa del Carmen where I had booked a rustic hut near the beach. As I walked out of the bus station there was a big street party taking way which made for a nice welcoming party. (unfortunately

Ending My Trip In Style – The Yukon and Alaska

It felt a little strange to be heading back West - the complete opposite direction to home and covering a journey which had taken me 5 months to drive in just 7 hours on a plane. My 3 flights up to Whitehorse were well rewarded however - leaving the airport the Northern lights were right above us. Carly explained that I was very lucky because although Aurora activity is common, you aren't always able to see them due to the clouds. The night was clear and the view only got better as it got darker throughout the night. I managed to pick up a cold the day before leaving Halifax so that, combined

Across Canada – Gaspé, QC to Halifax, NS

After Gaspé I headed down the coast to Percé Rock which Hilary had recommended to me. The large rock impressively sticks out of that water and at low tide you can walk right out to it. Somehow I managed to wake up early enough to get out there before anyone else. The town of Percé itself is a very uninteresting tourist orientated affair but the night before I had found a small rest stop just outside of town where I stayed for the night (there not being any signs telling me not to) Throughout the evening another two campervans had joined me at my little spot - obviously also not fussed about

Across Canada – Montréal, QC to Gaspé, QC

It was a little hard to leave Montréal. I had intended to depart a week before I actually did but the pull of the city kept me there. I had made some good friends during my time there and had lots of fun – so in the end I needed to drag myself away in order to continue my journey. I think I could have stayed there for a long time... well probably until it got silly cold. My time in Montréal continued to be busy and included gay pride parade, an art gallery, a city break camping trip with my friend Carly, an electronic music festival and plenty more partying. It was great to get a little

Web Development And Me

I have been thinking of a little while that I should write a post about work - specifically what I actually 'do' and how that has changed over the last few years. This may not be of interest to everyone, but it is something I have given a lot of thought to over the last year and I figured that as well as explaining how I make a living, it might also have the added advantage of helping me collect my thoughts. Since graduating from Cardiff University in 2008 with a degree in Computer Science I have been working as a web developer - initially for a company and then self-employed with my own clients.

A Pause In Montréal

I have been in Montréal nearly four weeks now, which is hard to believe because it has gone by so fast. This has largely been due to my time here being a whirlwind of meeting lots of people and there always being something to do in the city. Meeting people through Couch Surfing has been a great way to meet people (there are multiple planned activities happening every day!) and sample what the city has to offer. These activities include partying, sight seeing, a comedy festival, climbing, partying, exploring the local cafés, (a little) work, eating lots of delicious food and recovering from partying...