About

Hi, I'm Ted Hawkins, I like to get out as much as possible to various places. I'm a retired graphic designer and web developer who took up travel blogging to prevent me from going stir crazy.

What I like to do
  • twf-1.jpg Walk trails when possible.
  • Go to smaller towns and cities.
  • Spend time in a place and get to know people.
  • Experience the unusual, but not for the sake of things like eating live squid etc.
  • Take time to sit on a hill or mountain side and stare.
  • Visit old places that reek of history, but not necessarily touristy.
  • Take photographs, write up places and mess around with Perl code (this website is driven by a Perl blog engine I wrote).

Things I won't do
  • Get drunk. I rarely finish off one bottle of beer (usually get bored about halfway through).
  • Visit huge cities unless I have to go through them to somewhere smaller.
  • Travel on the seriously cheap and nasty airlines.
  • I have no desire to go to Asia.

Basically I'm artistic and as a result can go off in strangely mutated directions, at the mention of certain words. I'll surface about three weeks later wondering, "how on earth did I get here?" Which can prove interesting on occasion.

How it works
Any place I visit must have, excellent public transportation there and back--or I will not give it a second thought.

If somewhere is good, I'll say so. If not, I'll trash it, so you won't waste your time on the place. It's no good saying a town is "wonderful" when it is not, just to get traffic to your blog.

Note: Wildlife posts are no longer on Simian Circles. They have been moved to my Polysyllabic grunts blog.