Padstow, Rick Stein and a lonely crab

Apart from Port Isaac, Mum and I hadn’t thought much about where else to visit in Cornwall. We’d talked about Cornwall as one entity for months, without really zooming in on any of its specific towns or villages. So with Dad driving and Paul earning the title of ‘Tommy the Tom-Tom’, Mum and I were [...]

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An AFL fan at the Dutch Cup final

I am in training at the moment. It’s not the physical kind; in fact, it’s kind of the opposite. Most of the training takes place on the couch, in front of either a magazine or a TV show. You see, I’m in training for my upcoming visit to Brazil for the World Cup. Despite being [...]

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Ostalgie at Lake Balaton

One of my favourite foreign words is a German one. It’s ostalgie; a wonderful, can’t-be-translated-into-English word that literally means ‘a nostalgia for the east’. Basically it describes anyone who reckons that although the communists are generally perceived to have been some of the bad guys of twentieth century Europe, they also did some pretty cool [...]

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13 photos from England’s south

If you’ve ever compared my blog against my Twitter or Facebook feed, you might notice that I am notorious for always being months behind in my writing. Last week, when I was blogging about thermal baths and the other joys of Budapest,  I was actually in the opposite direction, in the UK. I joined my [...]

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Perfect days in Budapest

I have to be totally honest on this blog. I have to remember that at the end of the day, this is essentially a travel journal that got slightly out of hand. So I have to be clear that one of the biggest reasons why I decided to guide tours in Eastern Europe really wasn’t [...]

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Why I’m not tour guiding this year

Yes, I admit it. I’m kind of in denial. See that little sidebar on this blog, just over there to the right? It says, ‘Today I’m a tour guide in Europe, and blog about what I love; travel, sport and food’. Yeah, well I’m not a tour guide today. I wasn’t a tour guide yesterday, [...]

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Stepping foot inside the Hungarian Parliament (and I didn’t even faint)

My favourite building in the world is the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest. Full stop, no more contenders. To me, it is perfection. Over the years, I have made this very public. I have read about it, taken photos of it, compared it with the building from which it was inspired (the Houses of Parliament in [...]

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An evening at Budapest’s thermal baths

I first visited Budapest’s Széchenyi thermal baths back in October 2011. I was in town with friends for almost a week, and we figured that we had plenty of time to check out those pool things we’d heard so many people talking about. We loved them so much that we went back the next night. And [...]

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The dummies’ guide to the Dutch workplace

After three years on the road working as a tour guide, I have returned to the normality of the nine-to-five. I’ve spent the last couple of months working in an office in Rotterdam, where I’ve noticed a few little quirks in how the Dutchies go about their business. Here are a few things that have [...]

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Spring has sprung

I talk about the weather a lot on this blog. This isn’t a new thing, let me tell you. I didn’t all of a sudden become some sort of cloud-spotter since moving to the rain-soaked Netherlands. No, siree. I am the granddaughter of Betty Mansfield, a lady who once infamously told me that we couldn’t [...]

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