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Symi:  focus ….. and losing it

I don’t consider myself an adrenalin junkie, though I know some who disagree.  But one thing which I have learned from ‘adrenalin sports’ (white water kayaking, paragliding, climbing ….) is the importance of maintaining focus.  Lose it and there are … Continue reading

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Symi:  Going wild again

Flight back to Rhodes Saturday.  Ferry to Symi early Sunday morning.  A few hours putting the house back to rights after leaving it packed up in a hurry not knowing when, or if, I would return.  Sunday afternoon I took … Continue reading

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Wales and Greece: life on the wild side

I first became fascinated by birds of prey when I was a research student and lived with friends in a tiny former lead-mining village in the mountains inland of Aberystwyth.  The closest house was about half a mile away.   The … Continue reading

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Banff, Canadian Rockies: climate contrast

Completing my blog posts about the summer in the Greek islands I wrote about Kalymnos that it was: “only a short stay but a good way to round off the summer and pause for thought before heading for the Canadian … Continue reading

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Nisyros: rocking round the rim

People don’t visit Nisyros for the beaches.  There are beaches, very pleasant for a swim after a trek in the mountains, but not of the best.  People visit Nisyros drawn by the allure of ‘The Volcano’, by which they mean … Continue reading

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Symi: Old ways and a long way back

But one day at a time they say And if you’re knowing where you’re going You’ll be finding your way. ‘Long Way Back’ from ‘Freedom Run’ by The Rifles, 2011 Some years ago, more than I care to remember or … Continue reading

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Symi: coast to coast

There is a certain smug satisfaction in casually dropping into conversation in the taverna over an end-of-trek beer  “I walked across the island today”.  OK, so on a small island like Symi it’s not exactly Wainwright’s 192-mile epic but it … Continue reading

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