Simon Korn reminds us that not all travellers are lucky enough to return home with fond memories
“So how was your summer?” This has got to be one of the most common questions you'll ask or hear at this time of year. I'm sure plenty of you have been backpacking round the world. It was quite a shock for me to have only two weeks' holiday this year, having got used to those long three or four month holidays as a Cambridge undergraduate (who says we work hard?). I travelled round Egypt seeing tombs, pyramids, and temples. I then finished with an open-water scubadiving course in the Red Sea. Fantastic! I guess I don't really have too much to complain about.
I love travelling, meeting people, and experiencing different ways of life. But on returning home it always strikes me how boring middle class suburban life can be. However, I am also that bit more aware of how lucky we are to live in such relative peace,