San Francisco & Oakland – opposite sides of the East Bay
28 July 2023 | Places
I arrived in the East Bay – disembarking the Coast Starlight from Seattle in Emeryville and taking the bus across to San Francisco – as another step on my Melbourne to London trek. Maureen and I lived in the East Bay (in Berkeley, ‘the only city in America with its ow...
San Francisco One Year Later
6 December 2017 | Places
A year ago I was in San Francisco when the US election took place and Donald Trump won. I thought I’d done my bit to save the world by having him cursed – by the cursing grannies – in Hong Kong. I decided that was a clear failure, but perhaps it wasn’t, perhaps becomi...
The US Election … too soon to tell?
18 November 2016 | Living
I flew from London to San Francisco on Tuesday 8 November, so I’d be there for the US election. I’ll always be disappointed that I wasn’t in Berlin when the wall came down (9 November 1989) and perhaps this would be another of those world changing events and it would ...
26 April 2015 | Places
In the 24 hours since Nepal was hit by a huge earthquake I’ve been waiting for news from various friends who either live there or have Nepal connections. Over the years I’ve added up more than six months of my life in Nepal – lots of days on lots of trekking routes in...
Aerial Views – San Francisco-Beijing
9 October 2013 | Places
Took United Flight 889 from San Francisco to Beijing, a flight that arcs way north, crossing Alaska and reaching just south of the Arctic Circle then crossing Siberia, across the Sea of Okhotsk (where the Russians shot down a straying Korean Airlines 747, killing all ...