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Why you should cycle in London

Why you should cycle in London

When people find out I cycle in London, I get a lot of comments, primarily to the tune of, “that would be so scary. I could never do that.” I’m sorry to burst your bubble – but you’re wrong. I believe in you. You could do it, if you wanted to, with a few pieces of advice and a gentle nudge in the right direction. Here is that nudge, and some advice, because I only thing I like more than…

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How much does it cost to ski in Bansko, Bulgaria?

How much does it cost to ski in Bansko, Bulgaria?

One of the main reasons we chose to ski in Bansko, Bulgaria – rather than somewhere further west in Europe – was the price. Going skiing is always going to be more expensive than taking a similar trip sans winter sports – you have to buy a lift pass, and, unless you own your own gear (which carries its own transport costs), hire gear and perhaps book a few lessons to get your skills up to scratch. All of this…

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Looking cool, getting bruised: learning to snowboard

Looking cool, getting bruised: learning to snowboard

When we planned this trip to Bulgaria, I knew I wanted to try snowboarding. Skiing is good, but snowboarding is cool, and that’s clearly the main motivation behind my decision-making. I mean, I’ve spent the past couple of days on a snowboard and I have multiple ear piercings – I think it’s the coolest I’ve ever been. However, while I stand by snowboarding being a cool sport, it is decidedly less cool as a beginner, because you spend most of…

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Bansko, Bulgaria: an underrated location for hurtling down a mountain on two sticks

Bansko, Bulgaria: an underrated location for hurtling down a mountain on two sticks

This will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me: I always have a lot of plans. I’m constantly dreaming up trips I want to take, goals I wanted to set and projects I want to start. Every week I come home bouncing, saying, “I’ve had an idea.” My head is so busy with potential plans that I have to remember that there are other people whose visions I care about too and that their plans also have to…

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Climbing Snowdon for the stubborn

Climbing Snowdon for the stubborn

Compromise is the one of the cornerstones of any good relationship. Jake wanted to climb a mountain. I wanted to stay at sea level and cuddle. So we climbed a mountain (did we do it right?). It’s become a running joke that while I like walking and cycling, I very much prefer to do so on flat ground. Seriously, what kind of masochist enjoys going uphill? It burns, it hurts, you sweat and it’s overall an unpleasant physical experience (I…

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