One of the joys at this time of year, even this train-wreck of a year, is The Economist Christmas Double Edition. 

It contains the usual topics and then goes for a walk through esoteric and fascinating topics - solitude in France, Leo Abse's legacy in respect of gay rights in the UK and hiking in South Korea. 

Anything about hiking catches my eye and my heart, especially as we start our labours under Tier 4 in London. 

The comments of the hikers suggest an almost philosophical approach:

"Mountains are intertwined with life, including at the end."

"For me, mountains are about contentment."

"It's ... about looking up to the top thinking, I'm not there yet.  I need to grow more."

When my life is returned to me, I will travel to South Korea to hike and listen to the language of the mountains.