In case we haven’t met, my name is Jonathan and this is my first blog – JBS are my initials and a nickname some know me by.
My reason for starting this blog stemmed from my decision to go on a year sabbatical, and I thought this would probably be a good way of sharing my experiences with family, friends and well.. anyone else who is curious I guess.
Additionally.. although this website is predominantly focused on travel and my sabbatical trip in 2012, I decided not to only limit myself to this topic – so you will also find a number of other interests that I have written or will be sharing information about – namely harmonica playing, the Dominic memory system, technology and so on. A number of times friends have asked me for my nuggets of wisdom, so it occurred to me rather than repeat myself or send the same email a number of times, it would make sense to write it up here instead!
And just for fun, here are a few things you may not know about me:
- Childhood ambition: to become a rubber duck qwak qwak
- Instruments I can noodle about on
- steel pans
- some percussion
- Food I hate
- Tuna fish (especially the variety that comes in a can)
- Tomatoes (although ketchup, pasata and sundried is fine)
- Cooked mushrooms bleeerrrgghhh
- Prisons visited.. as a visitor, not an inmate of course
- San Pedro in La Paz Bolivia
- El Inca’s women’s prison in Quito, Ecuador
- Saughton Prison in Edinburgh
- Languages spoken
- Fluently: English, French, Spanish
- Intermediate: Portuguese
- Basic: Italian and Dutch
- World records I have participated in:
- the largest number of people playing ukelele together, set in London
- I have been ordained as a priest by the Universal Life Church, so if you need someone to preside over a wedding or funeral, just let me know!