Diary of a backpacker 3 – Day in Rio tour

The next morning I woke up nice and early for my 'Day in Rio' tour. I opened the curtains and guess what? It was still raining. I was getting increasingly vexed with the weather in Rio. I knew it wasn't summer yet but my misconceptions of sun drenched bodies laid sprawling on the beaches for … Continue reading Diary of a backpacker 3 – Day in Rio tour

Diary of a backpacker 2 – Rio and beginners bad luck

My first diary entry read: 'I find myself in a pretty little room in a quaint hotel called Santa Clara, somewhere near Copacabana Beach. There are beautiful wooden shutters on the windows, a sparkling red tiled floor, and dazzling whitewashed walls decorated by a painting of a pretty young black girl with a colourful headband … Continue reading Diary of a backpacker 2 – Rio and beginners bad luck

Diary of a backpacker 1 – Crossroads and making memories

I suppose a time comes in everyone’s life when we reach a crossroads and we take a good hard look at ourselves. We look back on what we have achieved and we look into the future to see where we want to be. We can get swept along with life and before we know it … Continue reading Diary of a backpacker 1 – Crossroads and making memories

The Corona virus – brighter days on the horizon?

It’s funny how life pans out sometimes. We finally think we are getting somewhere and then, suddenly out of nowhere, something happens to stop us dead in our tracks. This something may be a bereavement in the family, an illness, an accident, redundancy or a relationship break-up, to name but a few. For a while … Continue reading The Corona virus – brighter days on the horizon?

The Industrial Revolution – Why did it happen in Britain first?

The Industrial Revolution, known to some as the First Industrial Revolution, was the transition to new manufacturing processes in Europe that took place between 1760 and somewhere between 1820 and 1840. It included going from hand production methods to a mechanised factory system using machines powered by steam. It led to an unprecedented rise in … Continue reading The Industrial Revolution – Why did it happen in Britain first?