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BRISTOL

    It’s a mid-summer nights dream in an old outdoor swimming pool covered in graffiti, overgrown foliage and lit up by neon strip lights. As the Shakespeare is fired into my ears it jolts me, excites me; is this a dream? The dystopian wonderland that is Bristol has me convinced it is…...           The film I’m loading into my camera is a cinestill black and white double negative and it’s in preparation for what is outside the front door. The streets, are awash with colourful graffiti that I’m sure will look great with this film. A friend and I walk down church street heading to a popular Mexican restaurant that’s been recommended. I have missed the hustle of a city. The edginess and the closeness you get to people from all walks of life. This living muriel beats reminiscent of a scifi, with new buildings mixed with the old, all covered in graffiti. Coming from a rural town I have forgotten how diverse and interesting and colourful people can be in a city. It becomes a huge playground
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Surfing in Devon and Cornwall.

  https://www.traveldudes.com/surfing-in-cornwall-and-devon/

Don’t forget your sunscreen

 

Airport

       The airport is where I first learned that the world was bigger than what I knew it to be.  As a small boy I remember that airports were a favourite place for me; even if I wasn’t flying, just being near one gave me connection to a wider world.                                       The memories I hold dear are still true today. Upheld are the impressionable feelings I get from entering each one with their: unique architectural impressions, mini eco-cultures and the beautiful planes that shoot in and out of the sky like gigantic metal birds.        Traveler's get to see through a unique window to the world. Different cultures come together with their own joys and fears and get to see that we are all the same. Airports to me seem like little comunes that are efficiant systems; every thing and person having its own role. The beating hearts of countries.      Today I'm transiting through Istanbul's mega International airport. I have a 7-hour-wait between flights and have

Welcome to Westward Ho!

  Introduction to...         Named after Charles Kingsley’s novel, Westward Ho! is a British seaside resort that has traits of the traditional mixed with a new wave of surf trend. The modernising surf vibe is refreshing whilst the old, multi-coloured and funnily named beach huts give it a traditional root in the past. The beach is roughly 2.5 km long and on a misty autumn day the shimmering beach of brown and grey merges with the sky and gives it a Turner like picturesque. Dots of people can be seen with dogs that run freely up and down the beach between the sea, and a huge pebble ridge, which on a low tide is a great flat expanse, that is almost too much for the eyes to cope with all at once.        There is a real family theme here with kids playing on the green. There are restaurants, shops and buskers who play to the crowds. Accommodation can be hard to come by and booking in advance is necessary, since its popularity has risen due to more people holidaying in the UK, instead of

Love In Belarus

      The images that I have in my mind’s eye are always, no matter how often,  proved  wrong by reality. Belarus has been in the news a lot in recent  time s ,  and I was expecting  an  unforgiving ,  joyless,  and  harsh place .  This was far from correct .        In t he  taxi heading back to the airport ,  a  tear  rolls  down my face .   We  pass  a   2-mile-long  line of army traffic ,  that’s heading somewhere  u nder a full moon .   I  reflect  on  my  time  in this fascinating place  and for  the new love I have ,  for a girl from Minsk.      I started talking with my girlfriend on a pen pal site almost 2 years ago, and she is from Belarus and  it’s  finally time to visit where she lives.        The first place we visit, on a cool, crisp morning is  The National Art Museum of Republic of Belarus. We get there by subway which like most things in Belarus has an edginess to it . My partner tells me, “There was a bomb  in 2011  that killed many at this station”. Now there are guar