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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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Birthdays, free glitter and a lot of things I’m bad at

Birthdays, free glitter and a lot of things I’m bad at

There’s a lot of pressure, when you live with someone, to make their birthday special. You are the person they wake up to on the one day of the year they can reasonably refuse to do any washing up and you have to begrudgingly say fine. Jake turned twenty-three last week and I was ready to create birthday fun times. The real fun of Jake’s birthday had been planned for the weekend, when a group of our friends descended upon…

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Sushi, sugar and settling in for winter

Sushi, sugar and settling in for winter

Other than a brief trip to Poland in December with Jake’s family (are we all ready for me to unleash my elementary Polish on the world with abandon? Take cover) my passport will be staying put for the rest of the year. Given I’ve taken 19 flights so far already this year – I’m sorry, polar bears – I’m okay to keep the passport usage to a minimum. However, as this is a travel blog, it means I’m going to…

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Tregardock beach, Cornwall

Tregardock beach, Cornwall

I haven’t written anything about Cornwall yet. This is a huge tragedy. Due to Jake’s family having a place near Bodmin moor, we’ve popped down to Cornwall maybe five or so times this year. When I say popped down, I mean it. Last Christmas we spent five hours driving there and five hours back for only one night of West Country family time. Is it family or the prospect of pasties and clotted cream that made this appealing? Who can…

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Reflections on a year in London

Reflections on a year in London

I moved to London last September after graduating that summer. After years of passing through London, and my parents semi-living here, I foolishly thought that I already knew a lot about London. I was wrong. I’d seen the major tourist sites. I didn’t get lost or stressed on the tube. But I didn’t really know what it meant to navigate living in a megacity. In the last year, I’ve actually been learning how best to live in a huge, chaotic,…

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