Good afternoon campbellsworld visitors and ramblers everywhere.
Looks like author David Cousland has been doing a bit of traveling.
Here he is to tell us all about it. I hope soon he’ll come back to tell us of other adventures he’s been on.
If you enjoy this please let him know, and make sure to read onward after this great offering to find out all about his many great works. You’ll not be disappointed.
Rambling in Poland
My wife Lynne and I arrived in Krakow last Friday with an open mind. After all, places such as Poland are meant to be cold, wet, dull, bland and grey aren’t they? However, a trip behind the ancient iron curtain would delete another country from my “to be visited” list and three days is simple enough to cope with.
Wrong! On all counts, we were blown away by the beauty of this city, amazed at the colours and architecture, stunned by the vibrancy and grateful for the mid-eighty degree temperatures with no rain in sight. Just to add to our luck we were there in time to see and hear some of the Music Festival and had the pleasure of listening to a jazz band playing across the street while having dinner on Sunday.
We took our first walk around on that Friday afternoon and walked and walked and walked some more before eventually returning to our hotel and getting ready for dinner. The hotel was superb, staff welcoming and friendly – what could be better?
Food – fabulous, from the ten very varied meals we tried (Polish / Italian / Mexican mainly) each one was tasty and service good (with one exception where I had the wrong meal served but after waiting for so long there was no way they were taking it back).
We walked miles around the city and the park surrounding it, took a great trip to the salt mines and again walked miles but well worth it. Dozens of statues and carvings hewn from the rock topped with a chapel, again carved into the rock some 130 metres (400+ feet) below ground. As a bonus we met a group of four fabulous and fun ladies (2 pairs of sisters and cousins) from Racine Wi and Detroit.
Overall, thank you Krakow and Poland for a fabulous long weekend.
About the author in his own words…
Born in the industrial Midlands in 1950, I was educated at Dudley Grammar School (to the best of their abilities) before going on to work in the banking industry, the latter years working on very exciting plastic card payment schemes. Married (twice) with two daughters and three grand-children, my hobbies outside of the family and writing include golf and travel, occasionally combining the two when searching for golf balls that have strayed way off line. A number of my stories are based around places I’ve been fortunate to visit and love including them whenever I can.
I first started writing at the tender age of 62 and have now published 15 e-books and short stories. I particularly enjoy writing in the first person, which has been a bit of a challenge as the majority of my stronger characters are women. I write for pleasure and hope you enjoy reading my stories.
Currently I’m working on my first sci-fi story and also a horror story aimed at the young adult market. Never having previously attempted to write anything in the fantasy / sci-fi genres and very little in the horror sector– this is a case of fingers crossed and hope for the best, although I do have a number of ‘expert volunteers’ keen to read the horror story.
Books by David Cousland.
1) Overture for Revenge 01/23/13
2) Face of the Viking 14/03/13
3) Snake Eyes Allison 06/10/13
4) The Faces of Ashwood Court 08/04/13
5) The Wrong Man’s Ring 11/02/13
6) Scent of the Dragon Queen 04/01/14
7) The Michelangelo Legacy 03/22/14
8) Black Country Murders 10/15/14
9) I Don’t Drink Decaf 12/27/14
10) Sarah Marshall’s Double Quest 02/21/15
11) The Water Carrier 09/09/15
12) Anastas and the Black Rose 21/07/16
13) Barclay’s Losing Hand 20/09/16
14) Carnage at Clifton Court 09/08/17
15) Snakebird: The Texan Ring 02/01/18