Tag Archives: vacation

The draw of Guatemala (Rousse)

The garden of my great-grandparents’ house was crammed with people I knew, from TPR’s sunbathing ex-colleagues to my board gaming PhD students. The latter group was my target. I promised them the full experience of the mess and quirkiness of … Continue reading

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Puppies, a purchase, and a punch (Rousse)

I travelled to Worthing with my in-laws to identify a puppy for purchase. I wasn’t certain that this was a good idea. I had not discussed it with TPR, and even if he agreed to such plans, I was beginning … Continue reading

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Flirting over a bag of Lochinver pies, cheese and ham rolls – and WhatsApp (Rousse)

When we returned from Aberdeen we remembered that we needed to pick up our end of term present from work. This comprised a brown paper bag that contained a Lochinver pie and enough ham and cheese rolls to last the … Continue reading

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An unethical vacation (Rousse)

The first couple of days had been blisteringly hot, but the rest of the holiday was somewhat damp. Still, we were in the Caribbean and happy. I enjoyed playing on the pool slides best of all, surprising all by zipping … Continue reading

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Coping with Canadian weather and dangerous dogs (Rousse)

We learnt about the extremes of Canadian weather during our family touring holiday. One moment we were watching entire islands being swept along an immense broad valley in meltwater floods. The next we were struggling to drive over roads sealed … Continue reading

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Rousse reviews a package holiday in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico was such a dump. I was so relieved that we hadn’t suggested we come here on holiday with my Canadian cousins at Easter. Unfortunately though, we were still stuck in the shabby resort for a week and would … Continue reading

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From Manchester to the Caribbean – and back again (Rousse)

P and Q lay back in their red and white striped deck chairs and soaked up the Caribbean sun. We commented on how wonderful it was for the four of us to find ourselves in the warmth once again. Q … Continue reading

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Looters target “closed” university campus (Rousse)

I broke my promise to myself and sneaked into the office during the Christmas vacation shut-down. I knew that it was wrong – especially since the University had asked for all computers to be switched off for a fortnight – … Continue reading

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The apprehension of Interpol’s most wanted (Rousse)

We were coming to the end of the Christmas vacation and were thoroughly partied out. When TM, SC and I returned to our hotel at 06:40 after another heavy night, we wondered how on earth we would cope with getting … Continue reading

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Thirsty Queen congratulates academic on latest leg of jubilee tour (Rousse)

For security reasons the date of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee visit to campus had been kept a closely guarded secret. It was a complete coincidence that I happened to come into the office on that particular day at the height … Continue reading

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