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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue wheresmybackpack.com Remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.

Travel theme: Golden

This time of year puts me in mind of all things golden – from fizzy bubbles in glasses of champagne to baubles and tinsel and flickering candlelight. It also reminds me of the amount of money that gets frittered away on gifts … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Freedom

My last post about the Cadillac Ranch has me yearning for the freedom of the open road once more. To quench the wanderlust that is starting to flood my senses, I have been looking through photos of past travels for shots that … Continue reading

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Carmageddon

Just outside of Amarillo’s city limits, west along the grand old Mother Road, lies one of those roadside attractions you just don’t want to miss. Cadillac Ranch is an art installation that was created in 1974 by a San Fransiscan … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Slow

Can you believe it’s December already? The year seems to have flown by, so in an attempt to make time slow down a little, here’s a celebration of all things unhurried and plodding. Like these cows at Coral Pink Sand … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Above

I’ve been busy admiring the scenery of Glendalough from above recently, but have been lucky enough to have taken in several wonderful views around the world from above. First up, the lovely city of Seattle at nighttime, taken from the … Continue reading

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The Spinc of No Return

Glendalough is a gem in the heart of the Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains. The name is Irish for “Valley of the Two Lakes” and the area is teaming with monastic ruins and abandoned mining villages. Most of these sites are accessible via short, … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Colourful

Around this time of year, as the light grows dim and the nights close in up in the northern hemisphere, I start feeling the need for an injection of colour to counteract the low light. So I have been leafing … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Belonging

Looking at the photos of the Fremont dinosaurs I am struck by how much they seem to belong where they are, and I thought that might make an interesting topic for this week’s travel theme. What does belonging mean? It … Continue reading

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The dinosaurs that escaped extinction

If you’re ever in Seattle’s Fremont neighbourhood, keep your eyes peeled for two dinosaurs who cheated death and went on to live long, happy lives along the banks of the ship canal. The mother and baby dinosaurs were part of an … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Arches

I saw a black cat this afternoon scaring off the unwanted attentions of a passing dog by hissing and curling its body into a perfect arch. When I got home I started looking through photos to see what arches I … Continue reading

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