“I've always wanted to get as far as possible from the place where I was born. Far both geographically and spiritually. To leave it behind ... I feel that life is very short and the world is there to see and one should know as much about it as possible. One belongs to the whole world, not just one part of it.” ~ Paul Bowles (1910-1999)

This blog is intended to be a journal of thoughts and impressions gleaned from my travels, from my reading, and from my writing and research projects - it's an exploration in the most personal sense of the word, and of the world at large.

My name is Tim Chamberlain. I am interested in historical research and travel writing. If I'm not lost in a library or buried in a bookshop somewhere, you'll most likely find me in a queue waiting to board an aeroplane. I'm primarily based in London, but for much of the year I work overseas in museums in a variety of different countries. I'm also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.