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Magic mountains

Magic mountains

Mountains are just extremely majestic. I feel like that’s as close to a fact as an opinion can ever be. When you’re just a tiny human and you stand next to a colossal hunk of rock that makes you an ant at its feet, it’s hard not to be wowed. Snow-covered mountains are even more magical, because they possess all the awesome qualities of your average mountain except instead of being dull grey and covered in dirt they are bright…

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Hi, I’m Ellie. Nice to meet you.

Hi, I’m Ellie. Nice to meet you.

When I write posts for this blog, I always assume that the only people reading are people I know personally. Obviously, that’s not what I want – I would love for people I don’t know (yet) to read my blog. That is, after all, the whole point. Many people I know do dutifully read my blog – thanks team – but I absolutely understand the people who don’t, or, at the very least, only read the occasional post. If you…

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Expectations, reality and not seeing the northern lights

Expectations, reality and not seeing the northern lights

I’d be willing to bet good money that anyone who loves to travel would like to see the northern lights. Anyone who ever hangs out in the travel section of Instagram or has an interest in travel and landscape photography has probably seen numerous, astounding images of the stunning polar light phenomenon. They look incredible. It feels almost like a rite of passage for a keen traveller. There are only a few places on Earth where the lights are even…

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13th January, Brockwell Park, London

13th January, Brockwell Park, London

You can do almost anything in London. There’s a 24-hour bagel shop, a different West End show for every day of the week and numerous restaurants serving the kind of freakshakes that might stop your heart. When people talk about why they love London, they talk about the food, the theatre, the mass of people to meet and the never-ending list of things to do. There are art galleries and flower markets and even a museum filled with body parts…

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On creativity

On creativity

I was always a very studious kid. I loved school. I both liked, and had some aptitude for, almost every subject we studied, making school a generally enjoyable place. I was also lucky to have many wonderful, fun, insightful teachers who somehow made quadratic equations and phenolphthalein titrations fun. Magic, the lot of them. It never made sense to me when people complained, “why do we have to learn trigonometry – I’ll never use it!” To me, it was obvious….

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2018: a year in review

2018: a year in review

It feels almost sacrilegious to have enjoyed 2018. Politically, environmentally, socially; it was bad. Trump put children in cages, Brazil elected its first fascist government in decades and Brexit chaos took over the news – and Westminster – for weeks. The climate is warming. The Earth is fucked. Just this week, news reports of the number of migrants trying to reach the UK was reported as a problem for the UK, rather than all the people crossing dangerous seas in…

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On far-away family and going down under

On far-away family and going down under

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m going to be mining my earlier 2018 travel adventures for blog posts as I spend many winter hours at my desk or on the sofa. I never want to give a false image of my real life, so while I am truly blessed to spend some weeks and weekends of the year doing amazing things in awesome places, there is also plenty of work time, chill time and hours spent reading, writing…

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