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Do you ever daydream about your alternate life?

Do you ever daydream about your alternate life?

I do. I daydream a lot. While I love the fast-paced, always doing things, accessible life I live in London, I do spend much of my free time plotting to get away from the city. I love cycling through the city at night, surrounded by the bright lights and buzz of millions of people living together, but I also love standing by the sea, in silence, letting the waves wash over my feet. I recently finished reading Naomi Klein’s book…

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Climate change and the individual

Climate change and the individual

I am fascinated by the conversations about climate change. Once you get past the basic ideas of the planet warming and severe sea level rises and major loss of life that comes with it (among other Very Bad Things), you get into the meat of what is potentially the most confronting and serious issue to have ever faced humanity. As I’ve written about before, it is all well and good to shun a plastic straw and want to save the…

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Lessons in how a financial powerhouse falls

Lessons in how a financial powerhouse falls

Aside from food, the other thing we spent a lot of time learning about in Bruges was its financial and political history. Bruges is the site of the very first stock exchange, which was located at the ‘Ter Beurse’ inn. Bruges was a thriving centre of trade in the 14th and 15th centuries and visiting merchants would come to the inn to make trades, sign contracts and do deals. Eventually the process at the inn became more formalised, with trading…

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Let them eat pralines (and fries): the truth behind our favourite treats

Let them eat pralines (and fries): the truth behind our favourite treats

In most of the blogs I’ve already posted about Belgium, I have waxed poetic about the food. As I recounted the food tour we went on, I referenced both the fry museum and the chocolate museum, two places that we circled back to later to get a better look at. The fry museum is particularly notable, as it’s the only place in the world that has dedicated itself to the humble chip. There are quite a few chocolate museums on…

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When things don’t endure

When things don’t endure

Notre Dame is burning while the whole world watches.  I am not French. I am not a Catholic. But I feel deeply, mournfully saddened by the videos and pictures pouring out of Paris, showing such a beautiful, historic, holy site burning to the ground. What is it that makes this feel like as big a tragedy as last month’s mass shooting? After all, it’s just a building. Other than one injured firefighter, no one has been hurt. And yet, it…

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The problem with #instatravel

The problem with #instatravel

Part of taking this blog in a direction that feels more authentic to me involves not posting on Instagram. It might seem counter-intuitive for someone who loves photography to hate Instagram, but for me, the cons far outweigh the pros. I did follow some amazing photographers on Insta, whose pictures I appreciated seeing, but any efforts to use the app in a more measured always devolved into random scrolling and stalking. I don’t think Instagram had a positive effect on…

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What does it mean to be “British”? (WTF nationalism)

What does it mean to be “British”? (WTF nationalism)

Nationalism is a weird idea to me. I mean, I understand the sentiment of being passionately devoted to your country, but it’s a feeling that has personally eluded me so far. I can’t imagine feeling particularly attached to my identity as a British person or like my national affiliation was a core part of my being. I can’t say for sure why I feel totally detached from my ‘British-ness.’ Perhaps it’s because, legally, I am a woman of two countries….

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Who pays the biggest price as the world burns?

Who pays the biggest price as the world burns?

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about the nuances of fighting climate change, especially in terms of individual choices. I’ve still been thinking about these ideas and, recently, at my actual job, I’ve been working on some pieces about palm oil and environmental issues. This blog isn’t about palm oil specifically, but the greater implications of tackling climate change globally, across countries and economies that are at vastly different stages of development. Since the banned Iceland ad about…

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Some thoughts on women’s rights around the world

Some thoughts on women’s rights around the world

When I initially conceived of this blog post, I’d been planning to share some facts about gender equality from around the world, to highlight how wrong it is to focus most of our feminist energies on the problems at home (and in similar places to home, which for me are developed, Western nations) and remain unaware of the issues women are facing in other countries. However, it’s also important to not pretend that it’s only less developed countries that struggle…

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Is travel frivolous?

Is travel frivolous?

I have been thinking a lot recently about what I post here on Restless. (This post is going to completely disabuse anyone of the notion that I am chilled inside my own head. Get ready for some major overthinking). I feel torn between thinking that these posts are frivolous and unimportant and reminding myself that sharing stories and writing something you think is funny or interesting is not a worthless thing to do. Also, not everything needs to be serious and important…

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