Borneo 1998 – “Just going for a wee walk….”

I first attempted to chronicle this, frankly surreal, journey in 2008 – to mark the 10th anniversary of the journey. An account of the journey that I then planned to give to Robbie (my fellow hitchhiker/partner in crime) as a birthday present. However, I gave up that attempt at recording the journey after a few…

Moscow. October 2013.

Even after 30 years of traveling, this event, which happened in Moscow in 2013, is one of the most amazing travel experiences of my life: Towards the premature end of my 2013 “round the world by train” trip, I found myself in Moscow. I was already aware then that something “wasn’t quite right”, and that…

The Little Big Things. Henry Fraser.

If I ever park my kilted backside in the one place for long enough to hang a Christmas Stocking, then I hope to find this book inside it on Christmas Day. This book will change your life – for the better. You don’t need to be disabled, or know anyone who is, to really enjoy…

#pinksocks?

I was first introduced to the #pinksocks phenomenon by Alan Thomas, from ataxiaandme.org, almost a year ago. And it was during my first real-life meeting with Alan yesterday, in Barcelona*, that I became a very happy member of the #pinksocks tribe. So what’s all this #pinksocks about? Connection. A personal connection. [photo, of some very…

Lisbon. Get ready to R-U-M-B-L-E!

Lisbon is most definitely NOT an accessible city. First of all, the city is built on a series of hills. So no matter where you are going, you will be going up/down hills. And some of the gradients are seriously wheelchair-unfriendly. But it gets worse! In their wisdom, the city planners of Lisbon have decided…

Faro Airport.

Costa Coffee, and the owners of Faro Airport, will hate me for telling you this (but hopefully it will be worth it to you): If you’re visiting Faro Airport soon; and after having checked-in your heavy luggage, are then looking to enjoy a coffee (and maybe something to eat), then you have two choices –…

Accessible Lisbon. Museu Arqueológico do Carmo.

The age of a building is often used as an excuse (and let’s face it, an excuse is what it is), for not making it accessible to all. And buildings don’t come much older than a ruined monastery. But there are people, good people, who are so proud of their attraction, that they want everyone…

Accessible Barcelona. Barcelona for all.

Visit Barcelona. The enjoyable way. There are probably three reasons why you are planning to visit Barcelona: 1. You want to experience a true Spanish city. Meet real Spaniards. Eat real Spanish food. And witness the people of Spain truly enjoying their Mediterranean life. If this is what you are looking for – then go…