The Halcyon Odysseys

Profiting the idle King: Slow footprints around the world

Facing fears

On a recent abseiling course, there was a moment of awkwardness when we were all asked to introduce ourselves and why we wanted to learn how to abseil. When it … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Copenhagen – Redux

The flight from Ilulissat to Copenhagen was a long, long one and getting back to the capital was like greeting an old friend again after a week away. I said goodbye … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Miles ahead

Miles is the sprightliest 79 year-old Brit I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. He behaves decades younger than he really is, walks around with a bounce in his step … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ilulissat’s lure

The ancient settlement site of Sermermiut, where the Saqqaq, Early Dorset and Thule cultures lived and fished for seal and halibut in the nutrient-rich waters of the glacier is an easy kilometre south of Ilulissat, … Continue reading

February 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Moody and Bright, so goes the mood

“Let me tell you a little about myself,” said the guide from World of Greenland (a partner of Greenland Travel) at the very start of the cultural/historical walk around the town. … Continue reading

February 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Long trip off a short pier

The Travel Companion was itching to write about a day of delays and travel and I was more than happy to do so. So here, in the words of the … Continue reading

February 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

The edge of the freeze

At 180km inland, Kangerlussuaq is the most inland and thus coldest and warmest of the inhabited Greenlandic settlements. If anything, it was at least a welcome (but belated) explanation for … Continue reading

February 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Stockholm – redux

Thus far, the wireless internet has sucked. In both the hotel and in the train, but I probably should be grateful that I can actually blog and stay online while … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Cu Chi Stronghold

Scratch lightly beneath the slick veneer of modernity here and the old way of life that clings to the dusty side streets in the form of weathered women still wearing the Non La (the leaf hat) … Continue reading

December 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Food, glorious food

It’s hard to get over what Ho Chi Minh is really today; I use its old name as much as as I do its ‘modern’ one and maybe that encapsulates … Continue reading

December 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Saigon Miracle

The heat is on in Saigon. After a confusing and unintelligible one-sided conversation with a taxi driver who stopped abruptly at the side of the road to exchange vehicles with … Continue reading

December 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Manta Point

Along with 2 partying Aussie women, a Belgian who sounds vaguely Russian, a Swede who sounds too much like American TV and an unnamed European who loves Taiwan and Hong … Continue reading

October 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

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