Category Archives: Reflections

Greece unpackaged: Travels in a foreign language

My plans for the next post on Barry’s Ramblings have been postponed yet again. The reason?  I’ve finally got around to sorting out the technology and published my book in Amazon’s Kindle Store.  ‘Greece unpackaged: Travels in a foreign language’ … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

2017 was not  as eventful for me as 2016, my Annus Horribilis, which included a dislocated shoulder, diagnosis of a heart condition, Easter in a Greek hospital, skin cancer …..  and culminated in an 02.30 evacuation from a hotel fire … Continue reading

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The sunshine has gone

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Nisyros: scratching the surface

Sandwiched between spending time on Symi I hopped a little further north in the Dodecanese to spend a couple of weeks on Nisyros.  Google it and you will see lots of photos of ‘The Volcano’ and the Paleocastro, both very … Continue reading

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Seven years. Missed no less

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Symi:  the 15 minute walk that took 6 days, or, Notes on How to Use a Bedpan.

And now for something completely different “What are you doing? “ The tone was reprovingly incredulous, not inquisitorial. “I need to use the toilet.” “No!  The doctor says you must stay in bed.” The nurse was much smaller than me … Continue reading

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Canadian Rockies and Greek Islands: looking back, looking forward

So far 2016 has had its share of setbacks.  A minor viral infection in January which kept me indoors in Banff for two day and impaired activities for the rest of the stay.  A skiing accident resulting in a dislocated … Continue reading

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