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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!


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

For my first trip of 2022, I was heading to the Bailiwick of Guernsey for a 36 mile ultra marathon around the island. As with any other trip to a new place, of course I'd try to get in as much tourism…

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,…

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…

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…

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Recent Races

Threshold Race to the Tower
Having done Race to the King and Race to the Stones, when Race to the Tower started it was one I wanted to try as well to complete the set (although ...Castle has started and finished since then too) …

RunThrough Chase the Sun Leicestershire 10K

Guernsey Day 2
This was a race I'd been waiting a long time to do, and it was one of the highlights of a really nice weekend away seeing friends. Sure there was rain, but there was sun as well. There was just the 's…

MK Rocket 5K
Today was a (mostly) downhill run in Milton Keynes - the Rocket 5K. I wasn't really sure what to expect going into it after how the last two years have gone, but felt it would be a good indicator of w…

Leicester's Big 10K

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