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Tom Wilson
Living life's third (post-work) phase, and determined to make the most of it.
Living life's third (post-work) phase, and determined to make the most of it.
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Snapshots: Hadrian's Wall Path
My daily routine is pretty simple these days: After a full English cooked breakfast, continue walking east across England, following the line of Hadrian's (Roman) Wall. If available, stop at a tearoom for a pot of tea and cake. At the end of the afternoon a...
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The Road to Minneapolis: Mile 1
I'm walking across the narrowest part of England, following the course of Hadrian's (Roman) Wall . Construction of the wall started  in the year 122, and some sections remain to this day. The walk is 84 miles, which I'm comfortably spreading over 7 days. On...
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Planning a Trip to Spain with Kids
Our nephews (9 and 10) attend a school where literacy skills are taught in English, but several other subjects, including math and science are taught in Spanish. It's a joy  to see the boys use their skills. In 2016, they slipped unselfconsciously into Span...
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Short collage of photos from Portugal hikes.
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Madonna Writhed Here
I'm staying in an idiosyncratic 12-room hotel in the town of Ronda in Andalusia, Spain. My suite fills three floors in a tower: first floor, entrance and bathroom; second floor, sitting room; third floor, bedroom. I'm going to get a lot of exercise tonight....
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Travelling with Cultural Baggage
One of the challenges of travel is having to bring myself with me. If the trip is going to be more than passive entertainment, I have to try to erode my preconceived notions, prejudices, blindspots, and cultural programming. This week I felt shock when I fi...
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Snapshots: Hiking the Rota Vicentina, Southwest Portugal
The Rota Vicentina is a 450 km trail system in southwest Portugal. It includes the Fishermen's Trail along the rugged Atlantic coastline, the Historical Way that heads inland through rolling countryside, and loop trails that connect both worlds. The system ...
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The Emptiness of Social Media
Our explorations of Lisbon were enhanced by @RickSteves informative audio tour: https://t.co/f6SyieFh5v pic.twitter.com/1GjFxoVyV2 — Tom Wilson (@TomPhase3) March 18, 2018 In the past couple days there have been over 13,000 views of the above post in my mic...
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The Time I Visited a Moonie Commune
San Francisco, March 1977. I had just finished my first business trip to the USA, and was now spending a few days walking around San Francisco. I loved the place to the point that I had changed a flight so I could stay an extra two days. At Fisherman's Whar...
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An Incoming Snowstorm
Yesterday, with a big snowstorm promised, I rushed to get through some errands. It was starting to snow, the gritty sort that stings your face. When the temperature hovers around freezing, we get the gritty kind. This is sometimes preceded by freezing rain ...
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