Patrick Arends
Photography

Overview for travels

I wish I was...

...a student again! We're all confronted with student life at some point in our daily lives. Whether it's on the bus that passes Uni, or enjoying a pint at your once so famous local. I look back at Uni with great pleasure. It's quite strange how our perspective on life changes over the years. When I was a student I couldn't wait to get out there in the real world and grow up and become a professional. Looking back at it now, I feel that these days could have gone on for a lot longer than they have. I had time to study, do research in my interests and read loads of books. Somehow I always found time to do things and find inspiration! (more)

HMS Victory!

The HMS Victory is one of the few - if not the only - remaining historic ship of the real old days (1765). Admiral Lord Nelson defeated the French and the Spanish with it in the Battle of Trafalgar. It is a scary thought knowing that this massive wooden box has sailed the world's seas with over 800 people on board and survived it all. The timber floor boards crack under foot and the beams and supports are hundreds of years old. Visiting Nelson's Great Cabin is surreal. He was in charge of 27 ships of the fleet from this room. You can imagine how he would have stood over a large table with hand drawn nautical charts, plotting his next move. You can feel his spirit is still alive! (more...)

A view without a view

It’s something you should do every weekend! It’s taken me years to pack some hiking stuff, leave the house, and get to the Lake district with one of my best friends and go away for a decent walk. Langdale In the Lake District was the scene for this cloudy adventure. A simple backpack with a drybag, waterproofs, a proper man made fibre jumper and good hiking boots and off we went. (more...)

Not a walk in the park

Doing a decent hike like Kinder Scout in the Peak District with great weather (this time) is an actual delight! I've scrambled up the Edale side of Kinder quite a few times now and every time it's a different experience. First time it was hell (didn't have a clue what the hike would turn out to be), second time round (more confident, but still painful), third time and a few more onwards in variations if wintery snow, ice, sludge and hail and the second from last I hiked it with a larger group in the snow once again. Walked the full circle to Jacob's Ladder on auto pilot. Fully misted up, no views whatsoever!