Category Archives for "Make Me Think"

Sep 17

Visiting The Scream in Oslo

By Abi King | Behind The Scenes

As walks in the woods go, it’s an unusual twist on a peaceful time: fitting my face to a metal grid, taking a deep breath and letting out a scream. And another. And another. What makes it even stranger is that that’s what Oslo encourages you to do. The woods in question are the Ekeberg, […]

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Jul 24

The Great River Road Louisiana

By Abi King | Make Me Think

A drive along the Great River Road in Louisiana left me with three distinct images and a haunting river of thought. Driving Louisiana’s Great River Road When I close my eyes and think of Louisiana’s Great River Road, there are three images that really stand out. The first, an avenue of Live Oaks, trees so […]

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Mar 12

The Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb

By Abi King | Europe

Elvis may have crooned about the Heartbreak Hotel, but Croatia’s capital has the real thing (minus the overnight stays.) Swap Lonely Street for Ćirilometodska in Zagreb and uncover the strange situation that is the Museum of Broken Relationships. The Museum of Broken Relationships I stumbled through its doors, years ago, as part of my #IronRoute series […]

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Jan 15

Unusual New Orleans: Honey Island Swamp

By Abi King | Make Me Think

Unusual New Orleans… Honey Island Swamp. It’s a curious name. Part sweet syrup, part fetid bog. Part desert island discs, perhaps. But whatever it was supposed to represent, I had a hard time picturing it in my mind from the colour and character of old New Orleans. The wrought-iron balconies, rainbow paint and voodoo vibe of central […]

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Mar 17

The Terrible Mistake of the Madagascar Plan

By Abi King | Africa

The Madagascar Plan Madagascar lies 250 miles east of the coast of mainland Africa, steady and sizeable amid a swirling Indian Ocean and the flowing Mozambique Channel. As one of, if not the, poorest country in the world not currently at war, its people reflect its diverse heritage, its landscape a paradise for nature. Sparkling […]

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Oct 18

Bad Ischl: Beautiful Spot, Shame About The War

By Abi King | Austria

In Flanders Fields, the poppies grow but here in this meadow, blood and honeysuckle flows.Arriving in Bad IschlI arrived in Bad Ischl hot and euphoric.Splattered in mud and a sweet salty “glow,” I’d just completed day three of a six day cycle across the Salzkammergut in Austria as part of my #30ActiveDays challenge.Cafes spilled their […]

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Apr 19

How to Save Endangered Animals

By Abi King | Make Me Think

A Question of Space It’s amazing how much you think about space when do you don’t have any any more. When you’re cramped on a train. Pressed tight in a crowd. Or peculiarly, when faced with such a wide expanse of natural space, of incredible beauty, that you cannot venture into unarmed. I felt this […]

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Dec 09

Broken Pieces in Jordan

By Abi King | Jordan

“People want to talk to me a lot,” he said, as blue and yellow danced across the coffee from the stained glass windows overhead. “Because I’m a Christian,” he went on, “and am interested in political science. “And because I live in Madaba, Jordan – and because that’s in the Middle East.” Christianity in Jordan […]

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Jun 08

Poetry: The Clock on the Wall is Blind

By Abi King | Make Me Think

The clock on the wall is blind As it circles around and around While the men, women, children it watches Wake and dance to the noise of its sounds   Whether watchful and waiting or weary Or sliding their thumbs over phones With heads thrown back and chests heaving ‘Neath breathless, exalting sigh moans   […]

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Feb 18

I’ll See You In The Hague

By Abi King | Make Me Think

A city with the charm of Frankfurt, the friendliness of Paris and the culture of Scunthorpe – Ron Pattinson The Hague If any two words have come to symbolize the full weight of international justice and global condemnation they are The Hague. War crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity hang in the balance here, as […]

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Mar 08

What is Home, Anyway?

By Abi King | Make Me Think

What is home? This week, I was supposed to be travelling. But I was sick. I stayed at home. Much is written about the power of travel, about how new places, people and experiences light up our senses and stimulate our minds. Little is written about those other two words. Sickness. And home. Perhaps it’s […]

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