Category Archives for "From The Heart"

Jan 01

16 Things Travel Taught Me in 2016

By Abi King | From The Heart

Wow. 2016 was an unexpected year. While politics and new parenthood taught me a lot, travel, after all these years, still had plenty of lessons to throw my way. Why? Because there is power in experiencing something for yourself. In feeling that subzero temperature hit your lungs, seeing stone-faced mosques ripple in the heat of an Arabian […]

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Nov 27

Hello Baby Love

By Abi King | From The Heart

She’s Here Take a deep breath and release because she’s here. She’s really, really here. After a precarious nine or so months (add up the weeks, there are more months than nine!) she’s here safe and sound. My wonderful, wonderful daughter. Grandaughter. Cousin. Niece. Person in her very own open-eyed, stargazing, tiny-toed right. Travel to […]

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Oct 02

Travelling the Bumpy Road

By Abi King | From The Heart

The Only Travel Tip You’ll Ever Need… As I write this now, I have a bump. A big bump. One that wriggles about a bit when I’m lying in bed and that jumps into life with a glass of iced water. I’m also, as it happens, in the middle of replying to a string of […]

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Jun 27

Holding on for Hope

By Abi King | From The Heart

Friday morning marked the arrival of some very big news. Both on the world stage, and on my own, private little stage. First, as I’m sure you’re aware, Britain woke up to discover that it had voted to leave the European Union. Second, I saw my unborn baby wave at me, alive and kicking on […]

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Dec 18

15 Things Travel Taught Me in 2015

By Abi King | From The Heart

Things Travel Taught Me Ooph. Well, it’s been a clunky, clamorous year. And we’ve nearly made it to the end, which in itself is always something of a miracle and cause for merry celebration! 2015 was a year that, for me, included its fair share of brilliance, heartache and just dogged, slogging, jogging work too […]

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Aug 31

How Travel is Like Childhood

By Abi King | From The Heart

I’ve been spending more time with young children lately and it’s no surprise for me to tell you that the world delights them. They stare wide-eyed as the clouds melt over the sun, shiver their faces into blizzards at the taste of their first ice cream and laugh as if the most soul-bursting thing has […]

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May 04

Under the Knife

By Abi King | From The Heart

“We need you to keep your eyes open so we can see when you’re falling asleep.” Fine, yes. After all, I’d done this before, from the other side. “A cocktail of ondansetron and fentanyl. You may feel a little woozy.” I felt fine. I felt nothing. A little nervous perhaps. Slam. I woke up. Lights […]

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Jun 26

Paris Is Always A Good Idea

By Abi King | From The Heart

Taking Stock Somehow, four years have passed since I started this blog. In that time I’ve moved house (and countries) twice and travelled to more than 100 different destinations. [I made that last part up. I’ve no idea how many countries I’ve been to since I don’t naturally keep track. But people do ask, so […]

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