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How The Mind Wanders… is an anecdotal blog about Wales, New Zealand and everywhere in between. Originally from Wales, I have had itchy feet since I can remember. Prior to 2014, I satisfied my travel cravings with short holidays, but after finally taking the first giant step and moving to New Zealand, I am now fulfilling my ambition to explore as much of the world as possible. Along the way, I aim to continue sharing the stories of my adventures, as well as occasionally touching on other subjects close to my heart. I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy writing it!

Saturday, 15 October 2016

On Trust and Gut Instinct

Above: the only photo I took in Krasnoyarsk!!

'Have faith in your intuition and listen to your gut instinct.' - Ann Cotton.

There have been many moments whilst I've been travelling when I've needed to put my trust in my gut instinct entirely and hope it's not leading me wrong. I find that it is one of the hardest things about travel - having faith in complete strangers and hoping for the best! I've been lucky so far and not had any trouble, but there can be moments when you wonder what the hell you've let yourself in for.

Monday, 26 September 2016

How to 'Travel' when You're Not Travelling

'Travellers repose and dream among my leaves.' - William Blake.

There are those of us that travel constantly, never settling in one place for very long, always on the move and heading for pastures new. These people are usually the sort that have blogs and websites that make them cash on the road - self-employed entrepreneurs who've given up the nine to five desk job and now roam the world as full-time nomads.

And then there are those of us who have been well and truly bitten by the travel bug but are not ready or willing to give up the stability an office job affords - or the regular pay cheque! I fall under this category.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

The Two Sides of London

'Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both, before we commit ourselves to either.' - Aesop.

There are two sides to London. Its public face, the one that the tourists come here to see, and its private face, the one that the folk who live here experience.

For various reasons, I've ended up sitting on the steps outside the National Portrait Gallery at Trafalgar Square twice this past weekend. It isn't a hardship - I love people watching and it's a really good spot for that particular activity. Most of them are tourists - selfie sticks abound, people haul themselves up onto the base of Nelson's Column for photo opportunities, kids run about squealing between the fountains and crowds gather to watch the street performers who juggle, joke and dance for loose change.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

On London (and why I never write anymore...!)

'There's nowhere else like London. Nothing at all, anywhere.' - Vivienne Westwood.

London is a busy place. It's a city that never sleeps (yes, I know they say that about New York, but it definitely applies to London too!). There is always something going on - the list is literally endless of all the achingly hip, cool places you simply must go to this week. There are new articles every single day in TimeOut London and Secret London about these new pop-ups, the next big thing, a hidden place that only real Londoners know about that you should go to quickly before it's too late and everyone finds out where it is.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Summer Nostalgia

'Aaah, summer - that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility.' - Darell Hammond.

The national topic of conversation in the UK is the weather.

Waiting for your change from a shop assistant? Mention how cold and grey it is today. Got a meeting in work with people you don't know well? Talk about how wet it has been for the past three months and joke that we will soon need to start building an ark. Struggling with the small talk on a first date? Comment on the fact that we don't seem to be having a summer at all this year and ponder on whether or not it might be to do with climate change. If that sparks a conversation, it's been a win-win situation (no more awkward silences!). If nothing comes of these observations, it's probably not meant to be. Start swiping on Tinder again.