A Game of Thrones day trip to Essaouira, Morocco
28 Jan 2015

A Game of Thrones Day Trip to Essaouira, Morocco

The only people I’ve met recently who have seen Game of Thrones and don’t love it are those who have smugly read the books already, and obviously nothing can ever beat the books! I considered reading them, but my favourite part of the TV show is the fact I have

Two Days in Rome: the Real Italian Stallion
23 Jan 2015

Two Days in Rome: The Real Italian Stallion

All roads lead to Rome, which makes it an extremely hard place to write about considering the thousands of articles already out there. As far as I know, no one has tried to name drop (in a natural way) every Sylvester Stallone movie into an article about Rome, and that

Eating pizza in Naples, Italy
14 Jan 2015

Getting Fat on Pizza in Naples (And Other Food in Europe)

I know I don’t usually tackle the heavy issues, but today you’re in for a treat. I was in Athens killing time in a pharmacy (while Gia tried to find medicine for her sore throat) when I saw a set of scales. I hadn’t weighed myself in a long time,

The church on the island in Lake Bled, Slovenia
21 Nov 2014

Lake Bled in Autumn (Fall): Fairy Tales and Rain Clouds

You’ve probably seen Lake Bled somewhere on the internet, most likely in one of those “10 Fairy tale Places That Are Actually Real” articles, where the sun is always shining and the lake’s water looks like it’s been flown in from the Maldives.  You can imagine royals from centuries past

The Black Church in Brasov, Transylvania - the base for our week in Transylvania
12 Nov 2014

Old Towns and Castles: A Week in Transylvania

After a month travelling in Europe, I’ve reached an insightful and possibly world changing conclusion: There are lots of old buildings in Europe. Do people get sick of seeing old town after old town? I haven’t yet, but it’s going to be hard to beat some of the places I

Bran Castle in Transylvania - apparently it's Dracula's castle!
01 Nov 2014

Searching for Robert Pattinson at Bran Castle, Transylvania

Vampires used to be cool. Gary Oldman was great in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, as were Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in Interview with the Vampire – even old timers like Bella Lugosi portrayed the undead in a far more interesting light than we’ve seen lately. Teenage girls are to blame,

A pop cultural tour of London - Greenwich (filming of Thor 2)
25 Oct 2014

A (Pop) Cultural Tour of London

London is huge, both in real world terms and also in the influence it has had on western pop culture. Iconic bands, literary geniuses and acclaimed actors have all called London home, as has a little bespectacled wizard called Harry Potter, but more on him later (actually, there isn’t much more

The monkey temple in Kathmandu, Nepal
03 Oct 2014

The Planet of the Apes: The Monkey Temple in Kathmandu

It took me 28 years to learn the difference between apes and monkeys. I always thought it was based on size: King Kong > gorillas > apes > monkeys. Apparently I was wrong, and it took a text book for five year old Singaporean children to teach me that. Apes don’t