Category 'Europe'

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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Finger-Licking Lisbon

Sometimes, you get those destinations that you should have been to, but for some reason, you’ve just never gotten around to going there. I’ve written an entire post… revolving around those places before, but couldn’t quite fit everywhere onto the list. Given the ridiculous amount of cheap flights from the UK to mainland Europe, I could have added most European countries onto the list, Portugal included.   Why do I mention Portugal? Why, because its capital, Lisbon, is the focus
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Don’t Listen To The Stereotypes, La

Every nationality in the world has stereotypes attached to them. Americans? Loud, uneducated, obnoxious. The French? Rude, and will refuse to speak English. The Chinese? No concept of personal space, will shout if they’re mere inches from your face. The British? Cold and standoffish. Folks from Burkina Faso? I have no idea, but there are probably stereotypes that exist from the Burkinabe in neighbouring nations.   They say there’s no smoke without fire, and stereotypes sometimes contain an element of…
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The Secret To Pintxos In San Sebastian’s Old Town

Spain is a country I’ve yet to visit, which is pretty surprising to me…, seeing as it seems like every other British person has made their way over there at some point. Spain has a lot going for it in terms of appeal: cosmopolitan cities like Barcelona and Madrid, gorgeous architecture, found everywhere in the likes of Granada and Seville. Little-visited areas of the country like Aragon and Galicia. Oh, and the food.   Spanish food isn’t exactly something
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Balkan-ines: The Dogs Of Eastern Europe

If you were to turn on my laptop right now and take a snoop around, you’d probably come to the conclusion that I’m organised to the point of being slightly obsessive. I normally write blog posts way in advance, so the fact that I’m typing this the day before I intend to publish it is causing me to hyperventilate slightly. I have a good excuse, though: one of my best friends, Chevelle…, has been visiting me for the past
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My Top 10 Bodily Discharge Moments From Around The World!

Warning: this post contains way too much information about bodily discharges. I mean, I hope you figured that out from the title of the post, but it’s worth repeating just in case. If you’re squeamish, it’s probably best that you click away from this post now. Go and read about that time I stroked all the pussies in Seoul. Or now that spring is approaching, look at pretty pictures of crocuses… that I took in Harrogate. Maybe even perk yourself
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