Here's a quick pic of me in front of the Chinghis Khan statue that dominates Sukhbaatar Square in the centre of Ulan Baatar, the capital city of Mongolia. I got the day off to visit the National Museum - fantastic - and wander around the city in the sunshine. Still trying to recover from the fact that I deleted all my photos from the giant horse race, including a shot of me on a horse for the first time in my life! Must finish packing and get to bed. Early start tomorrow.(Photo credit: unknown Mongolian teenager who kindly obliged my request despite ribbing from her pals. "Speak English!" they called out, all giggling.)
I was born in Ireland and grew up in Toronto, Canada with my seven sisters and two brothers. Left home at seventeen to live in a commune, then headed off across Canada with my pal, Carole, and we hitch-hiked around California for months, then back up to Vancouver(Van as we called it then) and across Canada with two more pals, Linda and Peggy. A year later, headed off to Malaysia and Borneo with Jeunesse Canada Monde/Canada World Youth for a year. Baik-lah! Back home, went to Trinity College at the University of Toronto (posh blokes) while also joining the Canadian Naval Reserve as an Officer Cadet. Trained on the east and west coasts of Canada every summer. Great fun. Then what? Hmm. Started to write books, dodgy personal life (that's personal but let's just say it's been a long time between drinks) started to wander around the world, had a darling daughter, settled down in Ireland, wrote more books.