It’s a bloody stinker out there today, at least by South England terms. Coming straight from one of the driest climes in Europe, I’ve encountered a world in which everything seems to drip. Though the mercury has barely risen over 25 for the whole of Spring, I’ve definitely sweat more in my short time in […]Read more "A New Life in Ol’ Blightey – London and Oxford"
I remember walking around Amsterdam on cold, dreary day in 2015 with two mates by my side and something of a home in Germany waiting for my return. I had been in the Netherlands for three days and had been in Germany for maybe two to three months. We walked past a hip, wood-paneled store, […]Read more "When Do You Stop Being a Tourist? – Bullas, Lorca & Caravaca"
Memory is one of the strangest functions of our brains. In fact, it seems like it doesn’t even come from us at all. We never think about it in terms of lobes, grey matter and electrical signals, instead, we experience memory as random floods, pouring rain and dazzling explosions from some out there. We all […]Read more "Echoes"
The Aussie in me has been craving snow and ice for months now, but has never been truly satisfied. Sure, I stomped around a bit in the snow at an Austrian bus stop, walked under a little drizzle of sleet in Mannheim and watched from afar, over cyberspace, as friends encountered winter wonderlands of their […]Read more "Catching Ice Before It Melts – Riga"
In true to Spanish fashion, I’m taking things a little more slowly, a little more relaxed. Instead of zooming off to the next sight after lunch, now I’m taking time to appreciate sobremesa (the art of table conversation). Under blue skies and sun, and in 23 degree heat (in mid winter) my body has had […]Read more "Que hermosa eres – Spain Part 1"
I’m finishing up this ridiculous year realising I might have made a bit of a mistake. I’m sitting in a terrible outer-London hostel room, escaping the top-40 party going on downstairs and quietly feeling bad for myself. But that’s okay. That’s part of life. We make mistakes, we deal with them, we learn from them […]Read more "A Dangerous Retrospective – 2015"
As I gave away in my Christmas post earlier this week, I’ve been spending the holiday season in merry ol’ England, the country of my clan and lots and lots of rain. Instead of a white Christmas, I’ve had a pretty grey one; but that’s okay, being back in my ancestral home, a place of […]Read more "Ol’ Blightey – The United Kingdom Part 1"
The Journey’s Climax I must admit something: I had my reservations about Italy. First of all, I’ve seen the Colosseum and the Leaning Tower a billion times over on postcards and through the bright buzzing screen. I mistakenly and naively thought that I didn’t need to see much else. Second, a threat of tower has […]Read more "The Three Jewel Lightning Tour of Spectacularity Part 3 – Milan and Lake Como"
The Story Behind the Madness Having been in the “study first” mindset for the past month or so I’ve unfortunately missed out on a few big trips that I could’ve been taking. I said “see ya” to friends touring Italy, to mates heading to Belgium (probably not the best idea anymore, but, hey) and to […]Read more "The Three Jewel Lightning Tour of Spectacularity Part 1 – Vienna"
It’s now been over a month since my arrival in Germany, and since then I’ve crossed the country (up and down, left to right) four times, chucked a bit of a party in Prague and explored a massive chunk of my “home” state, Baden-Württemberg. Apart from Freiburg and the Black Forest, I’m pretty confident in […]Read more "Baden-Württemberg, Mein Neues Heimat (Part 1)"