8 things you HAVE to do in Budapest that no-one tells you

Very recently, I had the pleasure of visiting Budapest with my lovely friend (and fortune magnet), Jas.   Budapest was kind to us. We saw a lot, learned a lot – and by the end, both fairly felt like we had always been there – and, more to the point, that we’d accumulated plenty of…

Impactful People – #4

I have always known, to an extent, that you don’t need to speak the same language as someone to connect with them. Largely I know this because I am shit at languages, but half of my family is French. I was a very slow learner picking up francais growing up, but I visited my grandparents…

Impactful People – #2

We were in Germany. I think this might have been about seven years ago. I also think it was in August. The practical details elude me.  We were in Berlin. By ‘we’ I mean my mum, dad and brother. It was a little family holiday (and by ‘holiday’ I mean excuse to go abroad and eat…

Impactful People – #1

I was flying back from Japan. It was October. I was coming back on my own. I don’t really mind flying, but I don’t love it, either. However, a determination to visit other countries trumps the somewhat uncomfortable feeling of being miles and miles in the air, in my view. So I deal with it. But I don’t…

Riding the Megabus: a brief ode

I recently read an article by Angus Harrison on VICE UK about the Megabus – how it became a symbol for our popular culture, how it all began and, simply, why it’s just the worst. It is rare that I find myself connecting with an author so completely – so wholly – as I did…

16 videos that’ll make you fall in love with Japan instantly

So it’s 12:10 am on Shrove Tuesday and instead of going to bed and rejuvenating myself for work/the PANCAKE CARNAGE that will inevitably ensue immediately after my alarm goes off tomorrow, I’m drinking hot chocolate and watching loads – and loads – of Japanese prank videos. And Japanese music videos. Japanese videos, full stop. Loads of…

My super long-haul flight essentials pack

Most of you have probably already been on your holidays, but as someone who likes to sprint worriedly 3 miles behind the curve, mine are still impending (23 days left)! For those of you who are unawares (probably no-one, as I scream about it every single day to some poor new pedestrian), me and my…

Edinburgh, The City of Badasses feat. Where I’ve Been

Again, I must apologise for my long and unexplained absence as I have been doing Life Stuff and have thus not been available to sit at my computer and scribble here. Namely in recent times I’ve quit my job, been to Scotland, started planning another trip to Japan, written for other blogs, hung out with my sister’s Japanese…

Snapography: Hong Kong

Graffiti in Old Town A view between the trees from the peak Lovely inflatable bunnies on the harbor Friends The oviary Indeed The peak Love in Hollywood Park Buildings at the peak Teacup ride at Hong Kong Disneyland Balloons at Hong Kong Disneyland An octopus teapot at the Tea Museum Cute dog A boat on…

The Benefits of “Giving Back” Abroad

I suffer from a self-diagnosed problem called the “itchy-feet complex”. It’s to my understanding that the symptoms of this are quite common – you experience horrible restlessness, lucid dreams of mountains and exotic animals, and feel an unquenchable envy for all others who are travelling or having such adventures. I’ve also heard that it’s incurable….