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Angela Mason

Location: Driffield, Yorkshire
About me...

I was brought up in Leeds and spent 2 years travelling round the world before marrying an East Yorkshire farmer. I have three daughters. I got diabetes when pregnant after contracting meningitis on holiday. I drove a tractor, put my all into lambing, blanched tons of peas, joined the PTA and made brandy snaps for farmers’ markets.
I left the farm and the farmer and moved to Driffield where I now live with my husband Kevin. I have 3 and he has 4 adult children who with their partners make us a huge happy family. I have recently retired from a Further Education College where I taught English and Maths to young adults with learning disabilities which has been an extremely rewarding career.
I have a long Bucket List. Some already achieved such as walking the Inca Trail and seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland, some planned in the future such as returning to India and riding horses to see wildlife in Botswana. I am always looking for the next challenge and the next adventure.

About my talks...

Talks are humourous and illustrated with slides. Talks last approximately 1 hour but can be adjusted to suit your requirements. Clothes from relevant countries worn by speaker. Some props displayed. I can bring all my own equipment. If a wall is available I am happy to project on to that. Black out facilities will enhance the show but not essential.Questions are invited after the presentation. All talks have been presented to male, female and mixed audiences of varying age groups. Available during the day or in the evening. I want you to enjoy my presentation so will try to be as amenable as I can to fit in with your venue and audience

Fee:

Fee around £50.00 depending on size of audience. Travel expenses required

My Contact Details:
Phone:

01377 240526 MOBILE: 07989661697

1. The Wheels Off the Bus  

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18 people—travelling and living on a double decker bus from London to Kathmandu in Nepal. The trials and thrills of 3 months on a dangerous but exciting road through 14 very different countries in an unreliable bus.  We travelled through Europe, through Yugoslavia and Turkey to Syria before war divided these countries. Our crossing from Jordan into Israel was rigorous. We were shot at in Iran where the Ayotollah Khomeini was in charge and entered Afghanistan just as the Mujahadin were fighting to expel the Russians from their country. We endured a heat wave in Pakistan and celebrated the vibrancy and colour of India before finally arriving in Kathmandu where we left the bus to stay in Durbar Square which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site only open to tourists for a fee of £6.00.

 

2. The Road from Kathmandu to Bali

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Travel overland by bus, train, rickshaw or taxi through Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.  From Chaing Mai in the north of Thailand we stayed with local hill tribes as we trekked through the jungle. We experienced the massage parlours of Bangkok and the dusky maidens, some of whom were more commonly known as lady boys!  We travelled through Malaysia by train and stayed on remote islands with idyllic beaches where full moon parties involved fish cooked in the sand and local whiskey.

In Singapore Raffles Hotel took us back in time and Fast Eddie sold us airline tickets which we hoped were genuine.  In Indonesia we were lucky to attend a cremation ceremony and enjoy Bali when it was a peaceful place where a bed with breakfast of bananas and tea on a hibiscus covered balcony cost 50p a night.

3. Australia and New Zealand by Thumb

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In Australia we replenished the coffers by working as car cleaners in Perth and then crossed the vast Nullarbor Plain to Sydney, where a lucrative job enabled me to tour the Gold Coast and the desert interior of Australia. From Darwin to Alice Springs, we climbed Ayers Rock, slept underground in an opal mine at Coober Pedy and I won a race on a grumpy old camel called Edith but couldn’t face eating a witchety grub!

New Zealand was spectacular with the beautiful beaches of Hawkes Bay and rugged Lord of the Rings terrain where a wooden cabin was inadequate against the cold and the snow.  We met old timers who took us gold panning, trekked to the Glaciers in South Island and went deer hunting on motor bikes from Haast not usually a tourist destination.

4. The Pacific Islands and a US Greyhound

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We made an overland round the world trip to Fiji where my friend’s father had been an eminent doctor.  In his memory we were treated like royalty with a visit to the Fijian Chiefs’ Island of Bau where barbaric Fijian customs made the ancient buildings what they are.  A nine hour boat trip to the isolated Yasawa islands nearly ended in disaster.
On Tonga, Western Samoa and American Samoa we enjoyed Polynesian hospitality, partied and  watched traditional dancing at the legendary Aggie Grey’s hotel and climbed the hill to Robert Louis Stephenson’s home of Vailima.
From the Hula Girls in Hawaii to Hollywood and Los Angeles. The last leg of the journey was by Greyhound bus to New York via San Francisco, Disneyland, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Memphis, Elvis’s Gracelands, Nashville, The White House, Philidelphia and New Jersey.

5. Inca Trail Mum in Peru  

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I packed my rucksack to join my daughter in Peru and enjoyed the bustle of   Christmas in Lima the capital.  There were historical buildings, catacombs of bones, potent local drinks and hostels with security fences for our safety.  In Huacachina we went sand boarding in the massive sand mountains south of Lima and then flew to Cusco to acclimatise to high altitude. Incan history, food, markets and traditional dress make it a magical town.  We joined a group of mixed nationalities to spend four days hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

We climbed steps up to Dead Woman’s Pass at 14000 feet where it was a struggle to breath let alone climb.  We hiked and camped in spectacular scenery, enjoyed meals cooked in a tent, bonded as a group and marvelled at Machu Pichu the ancient city of the Incas.

 

6. Autumn in Argentina and Chile

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Patagonia is the area at the bottom of South America shared by Argentina and Chile, where nature and rugged beauty flourishes.  Ushuaia is the most southerly town in the world where penguins, seals and birdlife thrive.  We went horse riding through the beautiful autumn forests to the black volcanic beaches and hiked for eight hours to see the Las Torres del Paine grey peaks which were spectacular against the blue glacial water.  Perito Merino is a 97 square mile glacier that crumbles in spectacular chunks into the Argentina Lake.  We hiked Solitude Trail across volcanic lava flows and sailed the Patagonian Fiords.

In Buenos Aires we saw the grave of Eva Peron and heard gruesome cemetery stories.  We enjoyed music and tango dancing in historic squares and I was enticed on stage to perform the tango in front of an audience.