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About Paul Gerald

I am the author of several books on hiking, camping, eating breakfast and chilling out. I am also a freelance travel writer, publisher, hiker, and inveterate traveler.
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Dec 23, 2015

Christmas in London: An Evening Walk in the West End

Christmas in London is pretty darn magical, especially on the lit-up and crowded shopping and entertainment streets of the West End — and the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Here’s a gallery from a walk I took one evening in December, 2015. To go through them all, click on the first one, then just keep […]

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Dec 23, 2015

Some of the Characters You’ll Meet at an English Soccer Game

Since the last English soccer game I attended, Fulham at Bolton, was in some ways quite a bummer, I spent the time making notes on the various characters one encounters in the stands at a match. And so, my (mostly) American friends, allow me to introduce you to the many faces of the English soccer […]

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Dec 23, 2015

English Soccer Tour: Seeing a Game at Bolton Wanderers FC

I have always said that if you’re going to watch an English soccer game, don’t sit with the away fans unless you’re one of them. Generally, this is true because the away fans tend to be the rowdy ones. If you happen to be wearing the wrong colors, it could get uncomfortable. Same if you […]

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Dec 21, 2015

English Soccer Tour: Into Bolton

Friendly little Bolton is like many medium-sized English cities I’ve been to on my soccer tours. Imagine a college town like Eugene, Oregon, but with an industrial past and an active train station in the middle of it. Like many of these towns, Bolton has turned its old downtown into a pedestrian mall, and like […]

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Dec 21, 2015

Recovery Share: Acceptance and Making Better Choices

I don’t know about you, but I am big into making plans. That’s not a problem, of course. Without plans we can’t meet each other, build ships, and accomplish goals. The trouble for me comes when I get overly attached to my plans. The story goes like this: I had a plan that was going […]

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Dec 20, 2015

Saturday Morning, Football Train

I love Saturday mornings on English trains. In addition to the ladies going shopping, old couples sitting quietly, families sometimes bickering, and pods of teenagers going who knows where, there are always groups of 20- to 40something men, with beers, talking football. Listening to little snippets here and there, I realize that I — a Fulham […]

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Dec 20, 2015

Seeing a Game at Birmingham City FC

A trip to the (I must say it) third team in England’s second city. Walking out of my hotel in Birmingham, bound for Birmingham City Football Club, I asked a staffer hot to get to the ground. He gave me what turned out to be mediocre-at-best directions, then asked how an American came to be […]

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Dec 19, 2015

From London to Birmingham, Feeling at Home

As I get a little better at these football trips, I find myself getting into the groove with UK transit. For example, second morning of this trip, it’s off to Birmingham to see the Blues play Cardiff. I started in West Norwood, the South London home of my English family, and without giving it a whole […]

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Dec 18, 2015

English Soccer Trip: How I Met a Sober Millwall Fan

Among the great traditions of my English soccer trips is meeting friends of friends on arrival in London. My first night in London, mostly to stay awake, but also to meet some locals and maintain my sanity a bit, I went to a 12-Step meeting in Tottenham. There, I had the usual conversation — what […]

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Dec 18, 2015

English Soccer Trip: Talking Footy at UK Customs

I’m starting to really look forward to hitting customs in the UK. Other than the excitement of arriving in my tied-for-favorite country, the U.K. Border Force is also my first chance to talk footy with English blokes. (Sometimes it’s a lady, and that’s even better of, course.) They always ask what I’ll be doing in […]

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