2 Dec 2010
Warren Singh-Bartlett
I was born in Pakistan. My father is English and my mother is Indian. I was brought up between India, Taiwan, Brazil and almost every industrialised city you can think of in England.

Onwards and upwards

They say that all good things must come to an end. Personally, I’ve never really understood that. I mean if something is a good thing, shouldn’t it go on an on, for ever?

And yet here I am, in chilly Helsinki, transformed by a thick blanket of snow into a shimmering winter wonderland, getting ready to say goodbye to all of that.

It’s been quite a ride, these last two months. I’ve travelled more widely, intensively and exhaustingly than I have since I backpacked my way across Europe and the Middle East to India back when I was 17.

I’ve been to places I’ve wanted to see for ages, Shanghai’s Bund, Mr. Lloyd-Wright’s Imperial Hotel, Granada’s Alhambra. I’ve met old friends in Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York, Madrid and Carmona and made new ones in Stockholm, Copenhagen and St. Petersburg and Osaka.

I’ve lost my heart on a daily basis to more beautiful people and places than I can remember. I’ve eaten and drunk my fill; okonomiyake, bao buns and reindeer steak, white tea, green tea and red, sparkling wines and languorous red wines. I’ve shivered in howling winds in St. Petersburg, crunched through the snow in Helsinki, basked in the sticky, sub-tropical heat of Hong Kong and floated serenely under starry night skies in hot spring water in Hakone.

It’s been amazing, overwhelming and more than a little surreal. Blasting through time zones and temperature changes at 800 kilometres an hour, 12,000 metres above the earth. I have felt, at times, like an immortal, at others, a 1000 years old. But it is beautiful, and fascinating our world and travelling it is always a privilege.

I hope you have enjoyed my journey and trust that you will forgive me, in retrospect, if I have occasionally (perhaps more than occasionally) rambled on for too long, or indulged in passions that weren’t your own.

My thanks to you all for reading and for commenting. It is always better not to write in a vacuum and your thoughts and insights have often triggered ideas of my own.

My thanks to Finnair for choosing four people they didn’t know from Adam and then putting their global network at their disposal. That was a braver act than any of us, even now, can fully appreciate.

Finally, my thanks to the dedicated, welcoming and yes, slightly crazy crew at Myltton, who dreamed up this magnificent adventure and then sold the idea to Finland’s national carrier.

My hat is off to all of you.

*Here’s to you, Douglas Adams

Comments
  1. So Long Warren,

    What a firework finish, ouaahhhhhh

    Bravoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    Patrick LARBUISSON, Thursday, December 02, 2010 17:05
  2. So… has 42 been everything for you Warren ;-) ?
    Many thanks for all your reports in from the wide world beyond, and for sharing what makes you tick. It’s a shame that all of this is ending, connections disappearing into ‘finn air (sorry about the bad pun), but I’m sure all of you could do with a break.
    Hope to be reading your future articles on a website somewhere sometime soon. Enjoy the hols, and TTFN…
    Michael

    Michael C, Thursday, December 02, 2010 20:35
    • Thanks Michael. A shame indeed. I’m ready to keep going. So far, 42′s been pretty good to me, but it seems that every year just keeps getting better. Happy holidays to you too.

      Warren Singh-Bartlett, Friday, December 03, 2010 03:51
  3. Dear Warren,
    Thank you for many exciting reports from all over the world. It was real pleasure reading you! All the best!

    Alex, Friday, December 03, 2010 03:15
    • Thank you Alex. Thanks for reading. And all the best to you too.

      Warren Singh-Bartlett, Friday, December 03, 2010 03:50
  4. Loved it all! Your writing always makes me smile. And often laugh out loud.

    Jennifer, Friday, December 03, 2010 04:53
    • Thanks J. Can a writer ask for more?

      Warren Singh-Bartlett, Friday, December 03, 2010 19:43
  5. You have been a great travel writer, and you can now probably appreciate what must have gone through the minds of the great explorers such as Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta, Alexander Von Humboldt. Except you did in two months what they did in years. Hope your fertile mind will digest, ferment and eject an appropriate reflection on this extraordinary experience in form of a book, or better still an inspired novel.

    Boris Santosi, Friday, December 03, 2010 06:08
    • Thank you Boris. Not sure that I blazed many new trails, but I suppose I did do it my way. I’ll let you know if I manage to eject any reflections.

      Warren Singh-Bartlett, Friday, December 03, 2010 19:45
  6. Dear Warren,
    It has been a true pleasure to follow your travels and very interesting to read about your adventures. Especially your experiences in Japan made some truly fascinating reading. Thank you and take care. Kind regards, Erko

    Erko Rintala, Friday, December 03, 2010 08:07
    • Thank you Erko, for reading.

      Warren Singh-Bartlett, Friday, December 03, 2010 19:43
  7. Dear Warren,
    I’m truly sorry because I was in imposibility to thank you earlier for the great time you offer me.
    I hope not to be too late!
    Best wishes!

    dana mocrei, Saturday, December 04, 2010 16:43
    • Not at all, Dana. I’m glad that you enjoyed my journey. Thank you for faithfully reading and commenting on my posts.

      Warren Singh-Bartlett, Sunday, December 05, 2010 08:07
  8. Dear Wareen,Dana has said exactly what I was thinking. I will always remember your writings, you made me smile a lot, what an excelent writer you are; many times I saw a humble, delicate, funny writer, an excelent person I can say, that’s what I saw in you: quality. Thank you Finnair

    Fabiola Mora, Saturday, December 04, 2010 17:21
    • Goodness, thank you Fabiola, for such kind words. I’m happy that you enjoyed reading what I had to write.

      Warren Singh-Bartlett, Sunday, December 05, 2010 08:08

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