Category 'UK'

The Price Ain’t Right Back Home

On my recent trip back to the UK, I got scared. Not the good kind of scared, as in the, “Ohmygod look at all this cheese, how am I ever going to finish it all?” variety, and not the scary kind of, “I’m pretty sure I shouldn’t be walking through these dark woods at 4am” kind of scared, but rather the shocked kind of scared. I should really just have written shocked, shouldn’t I? So yes, I was shocked. By…
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My 2015 Travel Plans

In keeping with the theme of my last post, which was about my fourteen favourite things of 2014…, I was going to call this post something like ‘The 15 New Places I’ll Visit In 2015′. Then I realised that my job involves teaching children, and I very much need to be in the country to do that. I also realised that I live on an island, so any international travel I want to do involves a flight, and I
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The Bumper 2014 Round-Up Post

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, something on something and la dee doo mittens…OK, so I might need to watch The Sound Of Music again as I don’t seem to quite have the lyrics down. As you’ve no doubt already guessed, this is a 2014 round-up post about a bunch of my favourite memories and moments from the past year. Raindrops and whiskers are definitely not among my most-liked things of the past twelve months, however. I really don’t…
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British Christmas Food: All The Noms

British Christmas food is, hands down, my favourite holiday food in the whole wide world. Maybe I’m a bit biased, what with me being British and all, and Christmas being my favourite holiday. Or maybe all the scrumptious comestibles are the reason why British Christmas food nabs the first spot on my list of favourite seasonal sumptuousness. Succulent turkey, crackling roast potatoes, lashings of gravy, and all the desserts. I spent yesterday gorging myself on all of this, relishing in…
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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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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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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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