I’ve been back in the land of peat, rain, brick lanes and whisky for a few weeks now. Back home in the autumnal Scottish Borders where my family, friends, dogs and home comforts are busy easing me back into the normal swing of things (slowly, but surely). And somehow, somehow, as so many have already pointed out (with more than a dash of surprise), I made it nine and change months round the world and came back in one piece. Continue reading “How to rough it on the road and still come back smiling”
Started: Hangzhou, China
Finished: Guilin, China
Go an’ name me a few of your most favourite things.
What is this? The Sound of Music?
Just do it, eh?
I guess… military history… Japan… nature… and tattoos. Why?
Because, mi amigo, I have just the book for you… Continue reading “Book Review: The Garden of Evening Mists”
Started: Edinburgh Int. Airport
Finished: Jodhpur, India
It’s been what feels like a long, long time now, since I finished this book. Unfortunately back then I was either too lazy, too homesick, or too distracted to write a review; so you’ll forgive me if this is overly brief. Continue reading “Book Review: The Ten Thousand Things”
Watching a Japanese lady
and her mother
in the eagle’s nest pagoda
of a flower garden;
letting the wind whip their hair
like the sails of a boat,
inhaling deeply, and smiling. Continue reading “Poems // Shi // 詩”
breaking meekly against
the feet of mountains
(Hangzhou) Continue reading “Poems // Shīpiān // 诗篇”