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silence, nature, Solo Travel

True Silence

by Daniel Steinbock

Khumjung — On the edge of Ngozumpa, the longest glacier in the Himalayas. It was here I heard true silence for the first time. No people, no machines in valley nor sky; only the eagles soundlessly soaring above. I had to hold my breath to hear it — the way a vast natural quiet draws everything that is far intimately close: a pebble falling on the far side of the valley falls at my feet, an eagle’s wing brush...

mountains, silence, Solo Travel

Walking by Everest

by Daniel Steinbock

Khumjung — I peaked at 18,514 feet, watching sunrise gild the crown of Everest — one fat king in a room full of (to be honest) far lovelier ladies. The next day, after crossing/crawling the treacherous Chola Pas...

silence, Reading, library

Inside the newly renovated Picton Reading Room.

by Paul B

Liverpool — The picture here was taken in the ‘Picton Reading Room’ of Liverpool’s recently renovated Central Library and features a bust of Sir James Picton, who campaigned to have the library built and be the f...

silence, Life, Friends

Where everyone was equal

by Steve Dearden

Huddersfield — Today was Janet Fisher’s funeral, in mad weather, high above Yorkshire in a fold holding a Quaker meeting room. One minute snow and sleet, then bright sunshine, grey roiling cloud, bright buds on the...

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