When I left the UK in 1975 to explore distant lands and cultures, I did not know what to expect. I had read about other countries and heard many stories from my parents generation but I wanted to experience them myself, both good and bad.
Many of the insights I gained travelling across Eastern Europe and Asia in the 1970s, shaped the way in which I would live my life on return to the UK. Although I experienced fear, frustration and incomprehension during these travels, I also experienced unexpected generosity, compassion and hospitality, often from complete strangers.
The more I travelled, the more I realised just how lucky I was to be living in Western Europe, free from war and free to travel. We had the challenges of unemployment, debt and social unrest, not dissimilar to the challenges facing the young of today. But we also had youth on our side and believed we could help shape a better future for everyone.
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