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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

Happy Chinese New Year!

I missed my usual New Year's post so I'm catching up with Chinese New Year! Here are some of the numerous decorations in Bangkok at this time of year. The horses below were in the Siam Paragon Mall, indeed they may have been the only interesting thing in there! Interestingly the temples were busy in the week before the holiday, as people for whom the year of the horse is not deemed advantageous were making merit in preparation for the New Year.

Happy New Year to you wherever you are, I hope the year of the horse be a good one for us all. 
May 2014 bring you all that you need and many new places to see.

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