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Weekender in the real capital

Weekender in the real capital

Can you believe I’ve lived in the UK for 3.5 years and I had never visited Winchester? The old capital of England? The home of kings, of artists, of politics for hundreds of years? I know, it’s shocking. I recently atoned by going on a fantastic weekend girls’ trip resplendent with chilly blue skies and costume silliness. … Continue reading

Autumn in Milano

Autumn in Milano

The bitter-sweetness of living somewhere as international, multicultural, transient as London, is that the minute you meet someone, you are already counting down the hours until they will be moving on. This happens all the time for antipodeans with our cruel 24 month visas (just enough time to put down roots and bloom for one season) and … Continue reading

Edinburgh Cityscapes

Edinburgh Cityscapes

Second stop on my work trip to Scotland was Edinburgh – I’ve been before but somehow I had forgotten how utterly picturesque this city is. I lugged my camera around, making the most of early mornings and time in-between meetings to photograph as many vantage points as possible. The weather put on a show and I was … Continue reading

Due North: Aberdeen

Due North: Aberdeen

From Madrid in the morning to Scotland in the evening – it was one hell of a commute. After my beautiful weekend in the Spanish sunshine I headed off for a week of work visiting our clients in Scotland. First stop: Aberdeen. Officially the furthest north I have ever been on this planet. Coincidentally it reminded … Continue reading

Summer in 1066 Country

Summer in 1066 Country

As I sit blogging in the London drizzle on the (official) last day of summer, I thought it might be warming  to reflect on sunnier days. Despite, you know, England, there were a few rays of sunshine this year. Months and months ago I started rambling to my friends about how I would like to do … Continue reading

Melbourne – Something a bit different

Melbourne – Something a bit different

Even though I was freezing in Melbourne (yes even after three winters in Europe, I still get cold in Melbourne) I spent a good deal of time wandering the CBD trying to find, as always, a glimpse of the past. There may not be that long a past in Australian cities but Melbourne probably has … Continue reading

Following the sun (and the Son) for Easter

Following the sun (and the Son) for Easter

Ah sun, glorious sun. It only took about five minutes before I could feel my sad, dry, pale, quasi-British skin crisping up in the boiling 19 degree heat of Palma de Mallorca and let me tell you, it hurt so good. We had a lovely, long girls’ weekend in this beautiful capital of the Spanish Balearic … Continue reading

Birthday Day Out

Birthday Day Out

Last year was definitely a birthday to remember, drinking wine and riding Vespas in the winter, Tuscan sunshine. This year I wanted to do something a bit closer to home. It’s not always easy to rally people to get excited for a birthday in chilly February but this year I managed to attract a small … Continue reading

Becoming one with the Polish dumpling…

Becoming one with the Polish dumpling…

…also known as Pierogi, it was by this point in the EuroChristmas that I was beginning to look and feel like one. White and squishy on the outside, meaty on the inside, popular at Christmas markets. My transformation was almost complete! Except Pierogi are served hot and I was very, very cold. With temperatures never … Continue reading