Expats on Lockdown

I’m not planning to blog more than this once about the current Coronavirus situation. I figure everyone is exhausted just living through it — you don’t need to read a bunch about it, too. It’s also therapeutic to go through older photos of trips and hikes, to remember and blog about those experiences. I’ll try … Continue reading Expats on Lockdown

Penrhyn Castle

Penrhyn Castle, on the edge Bangor, is one of those historic sites that does an impressive job acknowledging and talking about its conflicted history. It’s one of those “castles” that’s really a castle-like mansion — and this one was built by a family that first made its fortune from sugar plantations in Jamaica, owning hundreds … Continue reading Penrhyn Castle

Cadair Ifan Goch

The cover image for my most-used local walking book, Walking in the Conwy Valley, is from Cadair Ifan Goch overlooking the Conwy Valley from the east. It’s one of those walks that promises a breathtaking view, but the images don’t really capture the grandness of the place, and so it took a surprising amount of … Continue reading Cadair Ifan Goch

Crying at the Ballet

Last night I attended a Royal Opera House Live screening at a local cinema (Pontio in Bangor). They were showing The Royal Ballet’s world premiere of Cathy Marston’s The Cellist, along with a performance of Jerome Robbin’s Dances at a Gathering. This was my first time going to the cinema at Pontio. I’ve been avoiding … Continue reading Crying at the Ballet