We went for a day out at Leeds Castle. It was a typical English summer day: dark, overcast and spitting with rain. We were stopping there on our way to Canterbury, or so we thought. But, just as we were leaving the castle and heading towards the car park, I overheard someone ask, 'Which way are the gardens and the maze?' Have you ever needed help to find your way out of a maze before it closed for the day? We never did make it to Canterbury.
I thought I had it sorted: monkeys have tails; apes don't. So, in Gibraltar I saw the Barbary Apes which are actually monkeys: Barbary Macaques ( Macaca sylvanus), but they don't have tails! The more I learn, the less I know. By the way, apart from all the metal and plastic stuff we accumulate around us, how different are we from them? They look like my ideal neighbours.
I have/had two big ambitions: the first to travel to 100 countries and live in 20 of them; the second to become a full-time writer.
Last year, I visited my 106th country: Rwanda. Countries I've lived in recently include South Korea, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Romania, Oman and, lastly, Egypt, which is the nineteenth country I've worked in.