Excuse the purely business aspect, and the silent research period! I've established a few different ways to get updates, and each is unique in its purpose so I won't be duplicating content, even if there are a few links here and there. The exception is Bloglovin', which was new to me but after a couple … Continue reading Social Media Round-up
Looking at accommodation has been encouraging for one of the more challenging trips, the Himalayan adventure! Much more we can work with than initial research suggested - there may not be much choice but we should be able to string together a very workable route without compromising our needs. That said, it can be SO … Continue reading Negotiating Accommodation Accessibility
Last week I was warming up the old travel planning muscles writing up a list of must-dos for someone going to New York City. This week was a day for organising some of the research I've done over recent weeks and preparing to start in earnest. I've always loved to take notes by hand. As an … Continue reading Rethinking Research Skills
Tonight we had our first official expedition planning meeting. The first suggestion from my mother, a woman who not five minutes earlier had scoffed at the notion of boarding a train with a backpack, was Everest Base Camp. This yak is concerned about this turn of events, especially since people keep suggesting it as a … Continue reading Expect the Unexpected (from Mother)
Even after more than seven years of travelling with a disability, I learn new things all the time. In August I went to New Zealand, via Dubai, Singapore and Australia, and went through security at least once at each stage. This was my first trip travelling internationally with syringes, as a year before I had … Continue reading Travelling with Medications #1: Surprises
It's about me, my equally limpy mother and occasional guest travellers striking out into the unknown. Travelling with a disability is possible for many people, and the costs and benefits need to be assessed by the individual in accordance with our own needs. Sometimes it sounds like there's a one-size-fits-all attitude to disability in the … Continue reading Answering the Big Questions #3: What’s the Project?
Why am I using this term? It's the best term I've found to describe this sort of thing - my autoimmune arthritis might have me using a wheelchair, most often walking with a stick, or it might not look like there's anything wrong at all. When it's an "invisible illness" I still have to deal … Continue reading Answering the Big Questions #2: Ambulant Disabled?
UM... WHO ARE YOU? Hi, I'm Burti! I'm a researcher, writer and editor with diverse interests. I started out pursuing an academic career before getting ill with an incurable autoimmune disease. It made it impossible to keep to an inflexible schedule as my illness fluctuates wildly - and I've been bedridden sometimes, or even on … Continue reading Answering the Big Questions #1: Who are you?