New York to Virginia: settling down for a while.

Tuesday, 17 October, I woke up in a pleasant, modern room in the Wyndham TRYP Hotel in midtown Manhattan. With plenty of time to catch a 1415 train, I did my stretches, showered, shaved, and packed my panniers for the last time. Catching breakfast at the Starbucks on the corner of 9th Avenue and 34th Street, I witnessed the Modern American Ballet in full form. Six baristas crammed behind a tiny counter took care of a line out the door with incredible efficiency, never once running into one another.  Continue reading

Living and working abroad: my bookmark list.

My workstation

My workstation

Trip update: This week brought high winds and rain on three of the seven days. With westerly gusts of 27 knots and occasional frog-choking downpours, I worked indoors, and walked to the Tempo Prezioso Literary Café for my WiFi connection. This cozy café opened up less than a month ago. img_20170119_144412It features comfortable sofas and chairs, abundant outlets and a powerful WiFi signal. Of course, all the usual offerings of an Italian bar are there, from espresso to the harder stuff. I can eat a tramezzino and put off supper until they close and I walk back to the flat. After the storm front passed, the hills above 300 metres had a dusting of snow. Continue reading

“I never repeat a mistake, but …”


img_20170101_000313Trip update
: At 2230, the phone interrupted Gideon Oliver just as he was about to solve the crime. I stood up from the eBook I was reading and went to the phone. Timoteo Lamkin was inviting me to celebrate the New Year from the family balcony overlooking the fireworks on the Gulf of Gaeta. I had planned to spend a quiet evening hiding from the war zone and its fog of cordite, but I was touched that they would think of me. And so I greeted the New Year in the company of friends and waved a dozen sparklers myself. Continue reading

Issues living and working abroad: taxes

 

DSCN1451Trip update: We spent last weekend in Tofino, which was so special, that I have decided to devote next week’s post to the visit. The rest of the week, I have been working on the book translation and taking daily rides around Vancouver. Spanish Banks is a favourite destination, where we lean against a log in the sand and read, or just watch the traffic in the roadstead and the people on the beach. The sea birds provide a fairly entertaining show, too.  Continue reading

Living and working abroad: cash issues

IMG_20160616_204029Trip update: For most of this week, I have visited the Darvell Bruderhof in Robertsbridge, East Sussex. This is open countryside, a land of rolling hills, green fields and woodlands. This is also the area of the famous battle of Hastings, when the Normans under William the Conqueror landed in England 950 years ago on the 22nd of October. The towns of Senlac (now called Battle) and Crowhurst claim to be the site of the battle, but there is more than enough history to go around. Continue reading

Living and working abroad: cash issues

IMG_20160616_204029Trip update: For most of this week, I have visited the Darvell Bruderhof in Robertsbridge, East Sussex. This is open countryside, a land of rolling hills, green fields and woodlands. This is also the area of the famous battle of Hastings, when the Normans under William the Conqueror landed in England 950 years ago on the 22nd of October. The towns of Senlac (now called Battle) and Crowhurst claim to be the site of the battle, but there is more than enough history to go around. Continue reading

Sea story: the stealth freelancer (2012)

Trip update: On Sunday morning, the 5th of June, Alan and Christina and I had breakfast, then walked next door to Saint Thomas’ Church. Holy Eucharist included a Baptism. DSCN0618I enjoyed being back in the familiar liturgy, surrounded by an acoustically resonant building, harmony in the pews, and beautiful surroundings. The church would seem to be an ancient Gothic cathedral, but it was only built in the late 19th Century, as a mission from the Cathedral to the then-poor rural areas north of Wells. The parish still serves three villages, and the spirit of outreach seems very alive. Continue reading