Seperate Lives…

A quote from the “Whats This all About” page…

“We all (after the trip) went our separate ways – as young men also tend to do – and within a few months – had lost all contact with each other – as young men also tend to do. Careers flourished – families formed – parents moved. Years passed – old addresses failed. We now know that each of us was trying to contact the others – there were some close calls – but only failures – for the next 30 years…”

This section covers the years in-between…
Separate stories – separate lives – until we all met up again – in 1993!


David’s Story… 
click here





John’s Story…  click here





Keith’s Story…  click here





One Response to Seperate Lives…

  1. Patricia Hodges says:

    As I reflect on our forthcoming journey across Russia and elsewhere at the end of April, I wonder whether this trip will also be of the self-indulgent kind or something better, some sort of reaching out to other people in this rather fragmented global village we live in – a bridge, however temporary, between my Self and the Other. The expansion of travel, communications and technology that now includes so many more people around the world has not transformed, so it seems, our confrontational, ‘tribalistic’ attitude to other cultural groups and now I wonder whether a positive solution to this is even possible. When I return from a trip I often find that one image captures its essence, something in my recollection that defines the adventure. In the case of our travels in the South Pacific, it is the people of Puka Puka Atoll gazing at us across a frenzied sea that did not allow us to reach the island. We waved from the ship and they waved from the shore. We had to leave without a visit and this inability to contact each other physically has become symbolic for me of our inability to contact each other culturally or emotionally; not much communicating seems to go on beyond the exchange of gifts (ours always ‘better’ than theirs), and polite conversation. Existential crises (a sense of being alone and isolated) are apparently more common in cultures where basic survival needs have been overcome. Surely this is important: in the West there is often a feeling that life has no purpose or meaning and many feel isolated, the increasing number of people in therapy testifies to this. If what it means to be human is to some extent a communion with others to relieve this isolation, then surely the travel we undertake can be part of this. The feeling of community and working together, common goals collectively achieved, is not moribund in other cultures, whereas we seem to work increasingly more as individuals or as small self-contained families, and other peoples simply make up the news we watch on t.v – troublesome mainly, and definitely not like ‘us’. (I realize there are noble exceptions to this attitude but I’m talking from general observation here). So, with the perspective of a broader outlook maybe something will change on our imminent journey and we’ll bridge the gap. Sure, the natural beauty of a place and also its monuments are important but so are the people who populate these spaces and perhaps our attention should focus more on them this time. We would probably have a more complete experience then, that is, we would communicate meaningfully and not simply like visitors who may as well be of a different species, exchanging money in shops and talking over each other rather than connecting. From this starting point, I shall revert later in the year: it will be my Palinode – a text in which the writer retracts views expressed earlier – because I hope that what I experience and observe on our trip will no longer support these opinions, in which case there’s still hope!

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