Half-English (Dad), half-Irish (Mum), I am an ex-teacher constantly seeking new places to travel to.
I’ve led an eventful life! People have always told me I should write a book but I decided to start a blog instead ha ha. By the age of 40, I have experienced being brought up by an alcoholic parent, the sudden death of Mum when she was only 50 due to alcoholism, my divorce, crippling debt, bankruptcy, property repossession, a chemical pregnancy, Dad’s debilitating strokes (he’s in a care home now, bless him), bad relationships and in 2017 I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, an incurable chronic illness. But such is life. I’m not a victim looking for sympathy; I’m always a survivor hoping to help and inspire others. I’m still standing, still smiling, determined to enjoy life come what may.
Travelling teaches you that there are always people worse off than you and that everyone is just doing their best to live a decent life. Regardless of geography and cultural differences, we all want the same things: to be safe, secure, loved, respected and happy.
The paper crane, my logo, is a symbol of peace, hope and survival. When I visited Hiroshima in 2017, I was profoundly moved by the story of Sadako Sasaki who was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped. Years later, she developed leukemia and whilst in hospital, she made it her goal to fold 1,000 paper cranes. She died aged 12, but her legacy endures and people all around the world continue to send folded paper cranes to Hiroshima to hang at the Children’s Peace Monument. The colourful strings of cranes are a powerful reminder of the human spirit’s need to connect and how we are all stronger and happier when positively united together.
I hope you enjoy reading my blog. Feel free to contact me with comments or travel questions. Happy to help if I can.
Take care, Lisa.