Part 2! Travelling, living in foreign cities can add such a richness to writing, which is evident from your story - although I was listening to a discussion on Radio 4 between authors who wrote about far-flung places without ever having visited them and asserted that if they did their minds would be too overloaded with sensations - or words to that effect.
I can see why this won - although I'm not sure I've read any of your fellow contestants' work!
I was fascinated to read about you and A Tale of Three Cities online. (I'm always curious to find out about people!) (Or just plain nosey!)