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From Gordon’s Travel Shelfie: The Robber of Memories

From Gordon’s Travel Shelfie: The Robber of Memories

The Robber of Memories: A River Journey Through Colombia by Michael Jacobs I had this book on loan from my local library because the title and blurb piqued my interest. It sat unread until it was recalled after several renews. Eventually, I purchased the Kindle version when I found the courage to pick it up and start reading. My father was robbed of his memory as was the author’s own father. At the time of travelling his mother was also suffering from dementia. Even after several years since my father’s passing, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read a travel book that would inevitably delve into the subject of Alzheimer’s and dementia. In The Robber of Memories (£), Michael Jacobs follows Colombia’s Rio Magdalena from the sea to source. The river is so central to Colombian identity, embodying the spirit…

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Off to Bydgoszcz

Off to Bydgoszcz

Bydgoszcz? Where on earth is it? If I had not been invited by the Polish National Tourist Office (PNTO) in London to experience the delights of Bydgoszcz (pronounced biggish-ch) I would have only been able to make an educated guess. Checking it out on the map app on my iPad I discovered it is a city in Northern Poland south of Gdansk. There will be more on the city in future posts. During and after my trip I will be posting several blogs on this site. That’s not all though as I will be live on my social media channels. As always I will be tweeting about my experiences during the day with a few photographs to whet your appetite. You can follow me at @lethers; I shall be using the #InBydgoszcz hashish. I will continue to tweet about Bydgoszcz…

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Most popular posts of 2013

Most popular posts of 2013

Not every post I write on this website has the same popularity. That’s to be expected as everyone’s interests differ and posts become popular for different, and often unexpected reasons. It may be that they are topical, controversial or someone somewhere with lots of friends or followers shares them on their social media platforms. Of course, it could just be that the subject matter is interesting or appealing to a lot of people. So what were the most popular posts of 2013? I am using number of visits as my criteria of popularity. Using that criteria my post about Walking with Wolves is way ahead in the popularity stakes. The post was about my walk with Predator Experience’s two origin timber wolves on the Lakeland Fells back in the spring of 2013. For me it ranks as one of the…

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Off my bookshelf

Off my bookshelf

I not only like to travel I like to read about travel too. My bookshelves are full of travel related books, not just guidebooks. These are a selection I have taken from my bookshelves to share with you. Bodyguard: My Life on the Front Line – Craig Summers I initially picked this book up when looking for a novel to read. The cover and jacket grabbed me. Reading the blurb I realised my mistake but decided to read a bit anyway. It turned out to be one of those books you can’t wait to pick up again. While not strictly a travel book it relates the travels of Craig Summer, the fixer, bodyguard and get journalists out of trouble or rather prevent them getting into it in the first place. For most of the book he works for the BBC…

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Let me introduce myself

Let me introduce myself

I have been travelling for as long as I can remember. My first memories of a desire to travel was reading Herge’s Adventures of TinTin. Darkest Peru seemed like an ideal adventure playground for a young boy explorer. I contracted more than malaria when I moved with my parents to Ibadan in West Nigeria. It was there, travelling with my father up country to remote areas, that I was bitten by the wanderlust bug. Adventure travel is an area I have always loved. I flew home on furlough and later to boarding school on my own. In those days there were few flights from Lagos and if you didn’t fly BOAC you usually had a stopover in Europe. I had already visited Rome and Amsterdam with my parents using “Europe on $5 a day” so when I flew home on…

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