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  • Full Name: Sarah Wilkie ( 64 / Female )
  • Lives In: London, United Kingdom
  • Marital Status: Married
  • About ToonSarah:

    Hi, I'm Sarah, an "exile" from Virtual Tourist and looking forward to reconnecting with VT friends here and making new ones too! I live in London UK and am a Londoner, born and bred. I am a librarian by profession, these days working as a freelance consultant.

    I love travel and photography, and try to combine my passions whenever I can. I look forward to sharing my experiences here.

    I hope it goes without saying that all photos and all blog entries are my own intellectual property. If you see anything you'd like to reproduce do get in touch - I'd be happy to help.

  • Hobbies:

    I am a passionate supporter of Newcastle United.
    I am a keen photographer.
    I love to socialise, to eat good food and to have a few drinks!
    I enjoy the cinema, art exhibitions (especially modern art and photography), museum visits and more – both in London and on my travels.
    And I LOVE to travel!

  • Favourite places:

    Natural wonders:
    The Grand Canyon, Arizona – especially watching a snow storm from its North Rim
    The icebergs of Antarctica – I feel privileged to have visited this most remote of continents
    The wildlife of the Galapagos Islands
    Yosemite – our introduction to the wonderful network of US National Parks
    The scenery of the US southwest – such as Utah or New Mexico

    New York, New York – the first city I visited in the US and still my favourite
    Paris, France – I keep going back to soak up its atmosphere
    London, England – noisy, dirty, full of vitality – I love living here!
    San Francisco, California – the city I want to return to
    Newcastle upon Tyne - my husband's home city and a second home now for me too

    Ancient wonders:
    Temple of Karnak, Egypt – especially at night in the Son et Lumière performance
    The Treasury, Petra, Jordan – could anyone forget their first sight?
    Macchu Pichu, Peru – we didn’t trek there but we still marvelled at the sight

    Hot air balloon over the Namib Desert – well worth the pre-dawn wake-up call (and more recently near Marrakesh)
    Meeting the penguins in Antarctica – so cute and so friendly
    Whale watching anywhere, but especially Tofino, British Columbia – I have never been closer to a whale than we were there
    Taking a flight over the Grand Canyon – the only way to really appreciate the scale of this place
    A helicopter ride over Niagara Falls when on a school trip
    The Registan, Samarkand, Uzbekistan
    Tikal, Guatemala – another unforgettable location


    The train journey from Krakow to Lviv – travelling with a great bunch of VTers
    On the road in California – our first of our many US road trips
    Cruising the Galapagos Islands on a small boat, the Angelito
    Driving the gravel roads of Namibia – occasionally hairy but for the most part an exciting adventure
    A cruise on the Rhine – not for my own pleasure, but seeing the delight it gave my late mother-in-law who had dreamed all her life of taking such a trip

Latest Blog Entries

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Trip Stats

Indochina 2020 (24800 kms)

01 Feb 2020 - 27 Feb 2020

Visiting: United Kingdom, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

VT Gluhwein meet in Karlsruhe 2019 (1577 kms)

29 Nov 2019 - 01 Dec 2019

Visiting: United Kingdom and Germany.

DPRK 2019 (19909 kms)

30 Aug 2019 - 20 Sep 2019

Visiting: United Kingdom, China and North Korea.

Travel Help


I spent nearly three weeks touring North Korea in September 2019 on an itinerary that took our group to some of the less visited areas of the country. I'm happy to answer questions about specific cities and sights and/or about any general concerns about travelling there.

» Ask ToonSarah a question about North_Korea.


Chonjin is rarely visited by tourists so although I was only there for a day and a half I might be able to help anyone with queries about it.

» Ask ToonSarah a question about Chongjin.


Although I don't know the town as well as Trekki, I have visited it now three times and have learned a lot about its history and culture. I can also recommend quite a few good restaurants!

» Ask ToonSarah a question about Gubbio.


Newcastle upon Tyne is sort of my second home as my husband and I spend several weeks of each year there. I love the city and like to promote it whenever I can

» Ask ToonSarah a question about Newcastle.


I have lived here all my life and welcomed many VT members to meetings in the past as well as helping out on the London forum there. I'd love to be able to do the same now for TP members

» Ask ToonSarah a question about London.

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