Bunderspitz and Moon

Permanent Tourist is the personal website of Mark Howells-Mead, a British photographer and web developer living in Switzerland.

Latest blog posts

  • Overlapping elements with CSS grid

    Using CSS Grid to overlap two rows and allow a content image to “break out” of the text container.
  • Squeaky snow

    Squeaky snow

    When the temperature of snow is above -10°C, it melts slightly when you crush it by walking on it. At temperatures below -10°C, the ice crystals are crushed, which makes a squeaking sound.
  • Hallwil, Switzerland

    Lake Hallwil

    Going somewhere new and exploring the lake shore at Seengen, near Hallwil.
  • The Branch at Weissenau

    Enjoy nature while it lasts

    If you find a natural feature, enjoy it while it lasts.
  • Christmas day in the snow at Ballenberg

    Christmas Day in Narnia

    Strolling in a winter wonderland on an unusual Christmas Day.
  • Aeschiried, Switzerland

    Aeschiried in the snow

    Photos from a wander in the winter sunshine in 2019.
  • Scotland at night

    Scotland at night

    Wonderful and unusual drone and time-lapse sequences from the Visit Scotland YouTube channel.
  • Bern by night, 2011

    Bern by night, 2011

    My first little video put together using Adobe Premier Pro, using some old video clips from 2011.

Latest Instagram photos

With my wife Jo in Zermatt, 2015

About me and the site

I’m Mark; a photographer, web developer and blogger living in Switzerland. Permanent Tourist is my personal website. I came up with the name because I try to live like an interested visitor, whether at home or elsewhere.


Back in 2001 and 2002, I collaborated on a piece of blogging software called b2/cafélog. After the original developer stopped working on the project, it was taken over by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little and re-released as WordPress in May 2003.

Since then, I’ve been using WordPress for personal and business projects, both as part of my day job and also as a freelancer. In the late 2000s, I began contributing to the community as a plugin developer, and the first WordCamp conference in Zürich in 2014 led me to begin contributing to the Swiss WordPress community. WordPress is currently the most popular content management system in the world, by quite a long way.

Sharing my experience at WordCamp Zurich in 2019

Some statistics about the website

1,342 blog posts published since 2004

8,579 photos published since 2005

17 years online