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Life was easy in the tiny Indian village. I couldn't bring myself to leave. ‘Where next?’ the locals often asked me? 'Pakistan’, I'd reply. 'When?’ they'd ask. 'Maybe tomorrow’, I'd say. Then one day I stood under bending palms waiting for a bus to take me on the next leg of my journey. The bus was crowded. Sweating bodies packed like sardines. I squeezed inside. The conductor insisted I take the spare seat. Spare seat? Where? I don't think so! He insisted. I found it at the front and sat down next to my future husband. I never got to Pakistan.
I was born and brought up in Scotland, but left in my early twenties. I've worked and travelled in Greece, Turkey, Spain, Poland, Israel, Egypt, most of Asia, Australia and Africa. I returned to Israel in 1998 where I took up a post as Senior Teacher at the British Council in Tel Aviv - with occasional stints at the British Council in Egypt. I love travel - the more adventurous the better! Since the birth of my daughter in 2008, I have had to settle down and become an armchair traveller instead! I currently live in rural Northumberland with my husband, daughter and two rescue cats.