In this week’s Monday Meetings we hear from Dave Gill, a talented videographer and ambitious adventurer. He’s working on an exciting new travel project and flexing his documentary making muscles… along the route. As a fan of two-wheeled travel myself, a lot of his words hit home, making me want to dust off my cycling gear and hit the road too!
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‘Happy Hogmanay, Happy Hogmanay!’ – The cheers went up, the smiles grew wide, and the thousands of people gathered in Edinburgh all tried to hug each other at once. We sang Auld Lang Syne with enthusiasm, after being dazzled by hundreds of stunning fireworks that blasted the black sky into colour. Edinburgh Castle sat smoking above us…, and on the main stage Simple Minds started up their instruments again.
For the first of our Monday Meetings in the New Year, allow me to introduce you to a genuine diamond that goes by the name of Frankie Bird, aka The Bush Birdie, aka Frankie Thompson. Frankie flew her London nest just over a year ago and has since been living a healthy free range lifestyle. So for some good advice and wisdom from the road… listen to the Bird-song. …
With less than a fortnight of 2012 left, and only one day until the ‘end of the world’ according to the Mayan calendar, I’m getting prepared to break in the New Year in style. The ‘end of the world’ is a complete misnomer, actually being the predicted date of a new and better age for humanity… (we’ll see), so I’ve got plans to see out the old year and bring in the new at Edinburghs Hogmanay celebrations.
When I headed to London in early November for the World Travel Market 2012, it was my first time seeing the capital properly for a few years. The week’s accommodation was kindly provided for me by London’s newest hostel outfit, Safestay in Elephant & Castle. After a busy few days pitching tourist boards and many a PR person, it was good to let off steam at the Hostelbookers Travel Blogger Awards, taking some cheeky snaps while socialising with a few industry people and heaps of bloggers….