Duncan Ridgley

I started out in life as a freelance paparazzi photographer ending up working full time for the Sun newspaper in London before going freelancing for women’s magazines. In 1995 I discovered the Internet and by 2001 had my own interactive advertising agency in Smith Field Market in London (the sign ‘Channelbay’ is still there). I loved the rat race, until I didn’t – and now I love what we are doing with Somewhere Different in Egypt and Romania.

Once I get an idea in my head, I stick with it until it’s done. Hence what we are doing. It was just and idea, but it wouldn’t go away and so for the last ten years we have worked hard to set up our Somewhere Different offering for you to enjoy.

I love driving our jeep out in the desert or up in the mountains in Romania. The ‘simple’ life is still a long way away but we can see the end to the building stage of Somewhere Different and those lazy days ahead! I am currently writing a book on our adventures called ‘Living Somewhere Different’ and will hopefully be publishing it soon. Until then, you can get a good idea of what we have been up to in our

My jeep in Siwa is an original Toyota Land Cruiser. It took a few years, but I now know how to drive in the dunes and more importantly, which way leads back to the oasis. I look forward to taking you out in to the dunes and show you a place like no other.

In 2004 I started to keep a diary of our travels, I lost 150 pages of what at the time was my most treasured possession in the Tsunami in Sri Lanka. We went to see a psychotherapist to understand how it would affect the children.

We were told ‘ If you can, replace everything you lost it will take away a lot of the anger, it’s easier for you than a lot of people as you have not lost any of your children’. She asked me what was the one thing I would love to have back if I could get it.

‘All the video I shot and… my diary.’

‘Well’ she said ‘ You can’t get your video back, but you could rewrite your diary and turn it into a book, for a start your story just got a little bit more interesting with what you have just been through’.

1000 pages later I have finished my book. It’s called Somewhere Different – The journey. I just have to finish editing it and get it off to the publishers. Hopefully you will be able to read it soon. The idea is to then write Somewhere Different – Siwa Oasis and Somewhere Different – Transylvania, but slowly slowly as they say. We’ve still got houses to build and toilets to fit.

I love driving out in the desert in my restored old Land Cruiser

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