Category 'Europe'

My Winter To-Do List

After months of constantly perspiring and gulping in lungfuls of damp air in the oppressive moisture and heat of Taipei’s summer…, winter has finally arrived in Taipei! At least, that’s what the calendar says. I’ve had to wear layers on approximately three days so far. Conversely, I’ve still found myself sweating at the end of November. NOVEMBER, people. Yet the calendar still says its winter, and Taiwanese people are donning pea coats and puffer jackets, so winter it is,
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One Morning In London

My super stealthy supreme sleuth mission to surprise my mum… at her secret nuptials last month left me with a night and morning to spend in London. Since my flight arrived just after 7pm at Heathrow, it would’ve been too much of a rush to get back to my hometown, and then spend the night hiding out somewhere. As it turned out, I was off the plane and out of Heathrow Airport within about twenty minutes, so I could’ve actually
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Surprise, Surprise! A Whirlwind Wedding Trip

A few months ago, my mum invited me to an event on Facebook, ‘Richard’s 60th Birthday Party’, which was to be a surprise event. Richard is my mum’s partner, and when I was in the UK last year, Richard was kind enough to open his amazing home to me and let me stay there post-breakup, pre-Taiwan, while I did some freelance writing, occasionally flitted off to places like Belgrade and Milan, and devoured the contents of his MTV Cribs-style refrigerator’s…
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Parisian Perfection

If you were to ask me which city in the world is home to my favourite food, I’d probably contemplate it for a while before finally answering, Paris. Such an obvious response perhaps, but the French capital has a stellar reputation when it comes to food for a reason, and it’s also home to my favourite restaurant… on the planet.   Of course, since I’ve only spent a total of little over a week in Paris, that means that there
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27 Photos From 27

Hey, guess what everyone? This will be my last post as a 27 year old. I can no longer officially classify myself as mid-twenties once I turn 28, so I feel that this post is somehow important. Although turning 28 feels, quite frankly, absolutely no different from when I turned 27. Which didn’t really feel all that much different from 26. I’ve never really been a big celebrator of my birthdays either, although they are the perfect excuse to crank…
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An Ode To Fro-Yo

Summer is possibly my least favourite season out there. In Asia, it tends to be hot, wet and sticky, and makes me question why I even bother to shower some days, as I’ll end up drenched in a pool of my own sweat mere minutes after leaving my apartment. In the UK, the existence of summer itself is often questionable, as some years seem to totally bypass it. Alas however, summer is a reality, and I have numerous tools to…
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Getting Fresh In France: French Mountain Food

Given its proximity to my home country, I haven’t spent nearly as much time in France as I should have. I was there for a week in year 8, on a school trip to Normandy; one day in Lille when I was in year 12; a few days in Disneyland Paris when I was 18, and then a trip to Paris proper for a week in September last year. If I were to call myself an expert on France, then…
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The British Food I Miss The Most

A few weeks ago, while sitting in the teachers’ room at work and picking bones out of some chopped up chicken in a three-meat dinner box – pork and duck featured, too – I thought to myself how no decent Chinese takeaway shop in the UK would have me removing bits of half-masticated cartilage from between my teeth. I thought of a Chinese chicken curry with egg fried rice and a bag of prawn crackers, and sighed. The image that…
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Six Satisfactory Cities

Everyone’s always waxing lyrical about the cities they love, or dishing the dirt on places they deemed to be despicable dumps. Yet, people don’t often talk about the places they go to that don’t really provoke a strong reaction in them. I mean, it makes sense, really. Why go on and on about a place that elicits a shoulder shrug when you’re asked about it? There’s no reason to.   Anyhow, I got to thinking about the places I’ve been…
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A Sort Of Obligatory Post About The Rest Of 2014

Now that we’re halfway-ish through 2014, I thought I’d better write one of those classic travel blogger, “this is where I’m going for the rest of the year!” type posts. Because that seems like something travel bloggers do. And also because I have nothing else to write about at the moment, as my time has been taken up with teaching hyperactive seven-year old Taiwanese children and trying not to melt into a sweaty puddle on the floor. Also there was…
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