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Wandering the World

Stories and tips from around the world.

About the Author

I work as a web developer in Leicester - a city in England. When I'm not working I'm usually either running or travelling the world with my camera. Here on this blog you can read a little about both! Over the years I've visited all seven continents, and have now visited about 15% of the world. It'd be nice to think that one day it may be possible to see all of these.

I've run over ten marathons so far, and have started to catch up with the number of ultra marathons. Oddly my favourite distances are 10K and Marathon so I'm usually working on both speed and distance.

I started blogging in the 90s, before it was called blogging; I used to keep track of project in what was called a .plan. Hopefully this current blog which has now been going for over ten years won't be as boring!

David

Why jedi58?

Some of you might know me best as "jedi58", a handle I've used for many years. If you've ever wondered where it comes from, then I'll have to start back in the early 90s. I used to play a lot of Duke Nukem 3D games over LAN, and at the time used the name "anubis", the Egyptian God of the dead. An appropriate name for gaming I thought.

When I switched to online gaming in the early days, still in the 90s, I soon found someone else using the same name and rather than let it get confusing I decided to use a different name. Something that would be unique. I thought for a while, and thought how my blog back then was my AOL handle - Thrawn40000. The Thrawn part was named after a Star Wars character, and the 40,000 was in reference to Warhammer 40,000 - two of my biggest interests at the time.

So it seemed to me like a Star Wars themed handle would be a good idea, something better though; but I couldn't just be "jedi" - it'd already be used by other people. To make it unique I wanted a number. When it comes to the world of online it's recommended you don't use any personally identifiable information. I didn't particularly care, so I used 58. The 58 had two meanings: it was the house number I lived at during this time, and is also my birthday in US date format. So there it was - I had a new handle to use

Recent Trips

Cyprus
This country split into two by conflict is one which my trip would also be divided into two due to the pandemic. For my first part of the trip I would be there sightseeing as 2021 approaches it's end,…

Germany
Twelve years ago, before the age of the smart phone, I visited Berlin at the start of my adventure spanning three European countries. I was younger then, and less experienced at travelling, and with a…

Amsterdam
I have to mostly agree with Sir Terry - there are so many bikes in Amsterdam with lanes specifically for them. As long as you're alert it's not a problem. It's so different in some ways from other Eur…

New Zealand
> “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” > > -- J. R. R. Tolkien When I first visited New Zealand it was a very short trip, and a very unsuccessful one. Every s…

Switzerland
A few days spent in Switzerland as 2019 began. I got to see the sights of Geneva and Zurich, and then experienced delay after delay trying to get home: snow, emergency ascents, baggage collection, and…

More Trips…

Recent Races

MK Winter Half Marathon 2021
Not my best half marathon, but not my worst either. Somehow I finished 92nd out of 1,471 runners with a time of 1:28:53. The best bit was getting to see friends again though.…

Leicester Half Marathon 2021
With two more marathons now behind me, was there any chance that a half marathon could be anywhere near what I'd done before the pandemic?…

Therme Manchester Marathon 2021
Last time I did a marathon in Manchester, it was the Greater Manchester Marathon. Now it's got a new name, a new route, new title sponsors, and it's been over 2 years since the last one in which I fai…

The Bun Run and Ramble 2021
One last race before Berlin Marathon, this was a 10K on the Welbeck Estate near Worksop. It certainly didn't go the way I thought it would……

Leicester's Big 10K 2020
My first 10K in over two years - a belated 10K in Leicester that should have taken place in 2020.…

More Running…


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