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How to not die at -35C (AKA what to pack for the Arctic)

How to not die at -35C (AKA what to pack for the Arctic)

While we were in Finland last week, the lowest temperature we experienced was -35C. This is very cold. My dad actually got frostbite, on his face. Only mild frostbite, but suddenly a spot on his cheek and nose went white and the guide we were out with looked at him and said, “we have to get you inside immediately.” It was -15C when we arrived in Ivalo on Friday morning, which would hold the record for the coldest temperature I’d…

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Get Snappy 3: Finnish Lapland

Get Snappy 3: Finnish Lapland

Greetings from Lapland! After two weeks of London photos, we’re changing it up with some pictures from extremely northern Finland. There’ll be plenty of blogs coming in the next few weeks with pictures, information and exclamation points galore in order to try and communicate the magic of the Arctic Circle, so this will be a quick introduction rather than an in-depth post. In terms of photography, photographing somewhere as cold and snowy as Lapland has its challenges. Firstly, the extremely…

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13th January, Brockwell Park, London

13th January, Brockwell Park, London

You can do almost anything in London. There’s a 24-hour bagel shop, a different West End show for every day of the week and numerous restaurants serving the kind of freakshakes that might stop your heart. When people talk about why they love London, they talk about the food, the theatre, the mass of people to meet and the never-ending list of things to do. There are art galleries and flower markets and even a museum filled with body parts…

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Christmas at Kew: a review

Christmas at Kew: a review

‘Christmas at Kew’ is big thing in terms of London Christmas activities. So big, in fact, that booking opens in June and it usually sells out completely. This is why we visited Kew on the 4th of January, the penultimate day before it closed for the year. It was still sold out, it was still chilly enough to warrant a hat and mulled wine was still on sale for £5 a cup. Unfortunately, as soon as the clock ticks over…

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Christmas in Cornwall: walking, swimming, cake and more walking

Christmas in Cornwall: walking, swimming, cake and more walking

Weekend city breaks suit me because 2-3 days of hardcore tourism is probably my ideal amount of city exploration to do in one stretch. For longer trips, I definitely prefer getting out into nature and doing something active. I – and probably many others – don’t have the stamina for weeks of walking around for hours every day, visiting multiple museums and churches and often spending money all the time. Even though travelling is fun and exciting, it can also…

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Get Snappy 1: London

Get Snappy 1: London

Today is an exciting day. So far my plans are to: lie on my sofa, write, play Mario Kart, read and maybe go out and photograph the sunset if it looks good. Despite this relaxed Sunday, it’s still an exciting day. This is because I’m debuting a new blog feature. Yay! Throughout this year, I’ll be posting a weekly photo feature on Sundays. I hope this will encourage me to take my camera out with me more often and will…

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My best photos of 2018

My best photos of 2018

Learning how to use a camera has been one of the best things about this year. My parents bought me a camera for Christmas last year, and as 2018 progressed, I found myself using it more and more. Case in point: two weeks in Australia left me with around 500 photographs, whereas, a mere six months later, a week in the Seychelles saw me walk away with almost 3000 pictures to sift through. I’ve started viewing places – both abroad…

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27th December, Cornwall, UK

27th December, Cornwall, UK

I’ve already written a whole blog about Tregardock beach. It’s probably totally unnecessary to write another one, and yet, I don’t care. Too beautiful to not share the amazing afternoon we spent on this beach today. In a year that took me from the UK to Australia to the south of France to the Seychelles, this beach is without a doubt my favourite spot of 2018. Technically, I first visited Tregardock during the summer of 2017, but I feel that…

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Six foods you need to eat in Poland

Six foods you need to eat in Poland

Nutritional wisdom tells us that colour is important when it comes to food. If in doubt, make sure there’s a rainbow on your plate. Polish food ignores this advice to the highest degree. But, as I can confirm from my trip there last week, there are a lot of people alive and well in at least two major Polish cities. So, uh, screw science and pass me some dough. (Not money. Like, actual dough. You can’t eat money, duh). Almost…

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What happened in Kraków

What happened in Kraków

After Wrocław we took the train to Kraków. Kraków was cold. That did mean, however, that the clouds cleared and snow started to fall.   I don’t always like snow. I like snow when you can ski on it, or have the time to make a snowman and have a snowball fight, followed by an indoor hot chocolate to warm up. Snow when you have to go to work is a whole different snowball game (I’m so lame, I’m sorry). Especially in…

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