Travelling alone is a must

Before you come to the conclusion that I’m one of those annoying, really over-confident arseholes who have an opinion on everything, let me assure you I’m not. Struggling with lifelong shyness, travelling around SE Asia had been the dream for a number of years before I found myself at the end of my school career with…

It ain’t cheatin’ if it’s Stampedin

  There is no escaping the Stampede in Calgary. Even if you don’t go to the Stampede Ground, the city is buzzing with the festival atmosphere. As big companies use it as a shmoozing event by offering clients free VIP passes, so do the smaller businesses. Instead of exclusivity, they specialise in free pancake breakfasts that…

Off The Grid

“When you wash up your dishes, make sure you don’t leave any traces of food otherwise you’ll attract bears,” Said Lisa, our generous host. I knew the bears she was talking about- we had seen a Giant Haida Black bear only a couple of days before, running across the road with two cubs. The thought of…

Coffee and Doughnuts in Portland

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein were not wrong when they sang (on their brilliant show Portlandia) “The dream of the nineties is alive in Portland” because it truly is. It has an air of simpler times without being too try-hard. Situated in the beautiful Pacific North West, it could probably attract a crowd without being…

Life on the Mekong, Laos

I awoke with a start, convinced that the screaming was all a bad dream. But I was mistaken; it was coming from downstairs. My entire body was covered in a thick layer of sweat and the room was totally dark, apart from a glow trickling up through the floorboards, like a grin through gap teeth,…

My Favourite London Bakeries

Here are a few places I like to go when I’m in the mood for something sweet: Primrose Bakery, Covent Garden I had the recipe book from here so I thought I’d check it out. I was not disappointed! I usually go for a red velvet cupcake in these situations but I was feeling (mildly)…

Stuff and Nonsense

I have so much stuff. I never really appreciated how much until I had to pack up and move back home. I filled suitcase after suitcase with clothing, cooking utensils, shoes, books and way too many toiletries. When it was all packed and on the floor, I was confined to the bed as there simply was…

Moving on: the end of University Halls

It’s my last night here in my halls of residence. Most people have already moved on either back home or onto thrilling adventure abroad. So why am I still here? I initially went home last weekend but had to come back due to work commitments. I also needed my Dad to pick my stuff up…

Favourite London Cafes to Boost Productivity

When I’m in the mood to escape my homely distractions and focus on my work I like to have in mind a few reliable bolt-holes (for tea and cake that is) and thought I would share them: 1. The Old Cafe, 113-119 Charing Cross Road. Previously the in-house refreshment provider for Foyle’s Bookshop, until it…

New year, same old me

My New Years Eve was really surreal. It started off normally enough: having a few drinks and then watching the fireworks from Primrose Hill before we made our way to a swanky house party in South Kensington for the rest of the night. I didn’t know the host but he was a school mate of…

Let’s start shall we?

Okay, my first blog post. Here goes! Today was excruciatingly boring. I woke up late, didn’t shower or change my underwear (let alone put on a bra) and definitely didn’t make it out of the house. I think you’re all familiar with the sort of day I’m describing. As this sort of time-wasting is particularly…