Cruising the Varanasi shoreline at dawn, I restrain panic. Water is sloshing underneath the timber haphazardly lining the base of the boat and I fret that this is in no way the relaxing sunrise trip along the Ganges I envisaged. Behind me, my guide and driver sit unperturbed, as though they sail in a glorious … Continue reading Varanasi: a place like no other
Can we talk plastic…
I know it’s very late in January to say this, but since this is my first post of 2018 I’m declaring it appropriate – happy new year to you all! Before I delve into writing my usual type of travel blog this year, I wanted to share something that I’ve been keen to discuss recently … Continue reading Can we talk plastic…
Wandering in Bruges
One of my favourite things about living in London is the wealth of transport hubs here that make for an easy escape when one is need of a few days away. In particular I love Kings Cross St Pancreas station and the Eurostar terminal – it’s one of the best train stations I’ve travelled through … Continue reading Wandering in Bruges
One year sure does go by quickly doesn’t it. Last September I started this blog having itched to combine two of my true passions; travel and writing. The thought of sharing my words with friends, family, peers and strangers was daunting, but since my first post I’ve not once felt that way again. Without knowing … Continue reading #Blogiversary
London’s best solo dining
One of my favourite things to write about has to be the joy of the table for one, mainly because it encompasses both solo adventure and food - two topics I could happily discuss all day with any one that would listen! And having written a blog about this a few months ago, this week I’ve … Continue reading London’s best solo dining
Have you heard of Donegal?
Home. What a powerful word that is. For most of us it’s that place. The place we form a deep attachment to. Sometimes it’s not the place we thought we’d find ourselves, nor the place we’ll stay forever. London — the city that can in an instant push your basic human resolve to the limit, while in another … Continue reading Have you heard of Donegal?
Table for one
"Just for one?" It was the question that used to ignite a sudden wave of self-consciousness and borderline mortification every time I entered a restaurant doorway, greeted by a host inquiring as to how many were in my party; their gaze not too subtly drifting past me in search of a companion. "Yep, just one" was my sheepish reply, my unease evident … Continue reading Table for one
Learning the art of travelling solo
Travelled? Sure. Travelled Solo? Maybe not. My solo debut? Navigating from Donegal to Bangkok almost a decade ago for a year as the foreigner disguised as an English teacher. “Gosh aren’t you great” they would say before I left. “But do you know anyone out there?” they would ask. Confidently, naively, I always replied, “No…but … Continue reading Learning the art of travelling solo
Vienna for one
The heart of Vienna oozes old-world charm and style, epitomising everything about the city famed not only for its historical love affair with music (Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert all had roots here) but also its elegant coffeehouse culture, grand Imperial palaces, world-class museums, breathtaking architecture and its famous culinary specialty - the wiener schnitzel. And … Continue reading Vienna for one