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‘That building’ in Bilbao

I’d seen pictures of the building. I’d seen other buildings built by the guy. All I needed to do was see the building. So I did. Off I went to Bilbao, home of Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim building. I don’t know a lot about architecture, but the Guggenheim has always fascinated me. The fact that an […]

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The internationalist

So, for the past month, I have been spending my days buried in books. I am a uni student again. I finished by bachelor’s degree back in 2008; a three-year degree which took me five years. Originally I was going to keep going, as we all know that a Bachelor of Arts doesn’t exactly create […]

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The Trojan horse

I am somebody who loves her history. I love discovering ‘old’ tidbits which make the world today make a bit more sense, and appreciating remnants which have withstood time. However, I’m also someone who doesn’t have a particularly good sense of imagination. This is one of the principal reasons why I don’t like cartoons or […]

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In Flanders Fields

Belgium is known for a lot of things. A diverse lot of things, you might say. It’s known for its chocolate, beers, waffles, lace, and to some, like me, dodgy trains. It’s also known for another important thing. When Europeans decide to have a good old war, they tend to choose to do it in […]

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Freedom’s frontier: A tour of Korea’s DMZ

Technically, I went to North Korea today. Technically. I got my picture taken with a South Korean soldier on the North Korean side of the building that straddles the Demarcation Line in the Korean DMZ. I didn’t know whether I was supposed to smile so I sort of just grimaced. Am regretting that now. The […]

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Sorry to disappoint…

Still love Berlin, I’m sorry people. Definitely going to sleep on my train tonight to Stockholm (which is actually not going via Denmark, so I’m intrigued as to how we’re getting there). The past two days have been full of more and more history, it’s intoxicating. Yesterday I set off for the 1936 Olympic stadium, […]

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Ich bin ein Berliner

Move over Barcelona – Berlin has taken over as my new favourite city. I’m a history student. I should have seen it coming. Everywhere you look, there’s history. I walked through a park – there’s an old watchtower. I crossed the road – a neat line of bricks indicates where the Wall once stood. I […]

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