About Me

Welcome to my Fairly Hopeless Wanderings!

My name is Patrick Norén, a 20-year-old student of German and Russian at Durham University who hopes to one day become a leading journalist and travel writer in the UK, Europe and, perhaps, the world.

Me looking pensively into the distance in Wadi Rum, Jordan

I started this blog in March 2016 as I was working up to taking my “High School Exams”, or as we in the UK call them, my “A-Levels.” My life was pretty dull. It revolved around school, work, homework, revision, and various members of my family gently advising me that I ought to be doing more revision.

So naturally, instead of applying myself to largely soulless and tedious exam preparation, I thought to start a blog, to share my stories, musings, and thoughts to anyone out there who cares to lend an ear, or in this case, an eye.

Have a wander! You’ll find travel writing, political commentaries, poems, musings and much more.

About the name of my blog:

It comes from one of my favourite songs, “Hopeless Wanderer” by Mumford & Sons. When setting up my blog, I tried numerous different URL combinations that had some link to the song and were available, and then after much experimentation, Fairly Hopeless Wanderings was born!

A quick guide to the menu. It’s that little black bar at the top of the page.

In “Archives”, you’ll find a simple, ordered list of all my articles about my travels, short poems, and other general articles which I believe to be pertinent to my own interests.

In “Blog”, you’ll find the default WordPress stream of posts which you can scroll through to your heart’s content. My most recent posts are at the top, and get older the further you scroll down.

In “Contact”, you can find links to my Instagram and Twitter, and a form to send me a message, if you wish to do so.

Right at the bottom of each page you’ll find instructions and links to follow my blog.

Please don’t be shy – have a click around! Come for a wander!