Travels

Sensations and Suggestions of Guatemala

As a contrast to the otherworldly landscapes of my first day in Guatemala, today I take a trip to Antigua. The old capital of Guatemala has many reminders of the Spanish invasion from the Baroque churches to the Moorish arcades. The colours are incredible and though the centre of town is very clearly changing to accommodate the increasing tourist population…

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Hiking, Travels

Volcanoes in Guatemala

Being in a new place can be an intense experience. This is more likely when it represents a marked departure from the things and people I’m accustomed to encountering day to day. Guatemala has provided plenty of opportunities for new sensations. The place that I’m staying is palatial, with a balcony on each floor looking out towards the volcanoes that…

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Travels

Reflections on a Journey

It’s funny how my experience of airports and stations is so different from the experience of journeys and the destinations themselves. An airport visit is often an integral part of the journey and yet it is entirely separate and unique. I often pass the time writing in the notebook that I carry everywhere, reading a book, listening to music, but…

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Cycling in Memorial Park

I wasn’t all that excited about Houston. My office is here, and there’s a pretty awesome Space Centre, but it’s kind of sprawling, it’s really hot and it’s terribly humid. Arriving into the face of thunderstorms and floods hadn’t done a lot to change my opinion. But then the rain stopped, the flood waters receded and the sun came out.…

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Hiking

Paying a visit to the gods of old

Don’t you love friends who greet you not with “Hello” but with “Let’s go on an adventure!” whilst unconcealed excitement sparkles in their eyes? I do. So when my friend Alkis suggested flying to Greece for the weekend to climb Mount Olympus, I didn’t have to think long – I’d booked flights before I’d asked for the time off work.…

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Burning Man 2016

Burning Man made me remember. So many people say that Burning Man changed their life. But for me, it made me remember that my life had changed already. After almost a year back in civilisation, I’d begun to grow back into London life. Working, commuting, buying, rushing, worrying. I hadn’t forgotten, but I had noticed that certain thoughts were becoming…

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Flying

Notes from Circus School – Show Week

The show week was intense, not least because we had to rebuild the training space to accommodate lights, backdrop, and audience. Daisy and I took responsibility for lighting, and stayed late (1am late!) on the night before the first show to rig, test and program all the lights. Lots of help from Rhey scampering about in the roof in a…

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Flying

Notes from Circus School – Week 9

Yesssssss! I’m back to full time training after a week of rest! It started well, and I did full days Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We had some interesting transitions in static trapeze, including Amazon pirouette which is totally new to me, and around the world which I’ve done a version of in hoop but had to translate to the ropes…

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Flying

Notes from Circus School – Week 8

Owwwwwwwww. Why did I do Friday’s warm up?? My abdominals have pulled off my ribs again, giving me a weekend of pain. It’s a short week, with Friday being Good Friday, but still. Not happy to be missing classes again. Thankfully in most of the classes, we went over the things we had learned over the previous 7 weeks as…

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Flying

Notes from Circus School – Week 7

Over the past days, I’ve seen an improvement in pain levels, so am back to training. Just small amounts on Monday, skipping almost everything except static trapeze. It wasn’t too taxing a session, learning some new static shapes – Amazon and toe hang, both of which I have done on hoop before so could gauge the levels of exertion needed…

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