One of the pleasures of being a travel writer is not only getting to see the world as it is, but in the glimpses we get of how the world could be.
On September 18th 2014, Scotland will be making a monumental decision on whether to leave the United Kingdom and become its own sovereign nation.
The European Bazaar project has now been underway for 4 months. Sadly it has been set against the distressing backdrop of the twin Malaysia disasters, the international apathy toward the massacres in Gaza and the political collateral damage of the war in the Ukraine.
And it’s times like these that it is is easy to forget that we do know how to be nice to one another.
That’s why I can now tell you that if your faith in humanity is getting a little thin, then you need to visit a little scarecrow festival in the heart of Ireland.
Once upon a time the world seemed more fluid than it does today. The borders of countries waxed and waned with their fortunes; nations winked into (and then out of) existence in the blink of a historian’s proverbial eye.
Yet these days we look at our maps and such things feel far more fixed. With the exception of an East/West Germany here, and a post-Soviet ‘Stan there, it hardly seems like the borders on our modern globes have changed very much. Yet you would be very wrong to assume so…
Do you remember the first place that felt like Home?
For many people it will be the house/s of their childhood, spaces of palpable warmth and security, surrounded by a loving family. It was firm and fixed and was only as mobile as the family that personified it.