I’m ready to say “sayonara” to 2K16 – a year that kicked off with a car crash and continued to metaphorically drizzle for its duration. Though coming home to J after a frustrating commute in each direction and a long workday multiplied by management’s pettiness, I was exceptionally thankful for
The promise of the nation’s best cheeses lured me to the small Spanish town of Trujillo. Dreams of creamy Manchego accompanied me on the three-hour ride from Madrid, as the bus trundled alongside fields dotted with vibrant yellow, red and purple wildflower patches beneath a cerulean springtime sky.
Over the past decade, seemingly everyone who enjoys eating, owns a smartphone and regularly uses social media accounts is a self-declared foodie – or unabashedly uses the #foodie and #omnom[nom(nom)] hashtags. Functioning taste buds aren’t even a pre-requisite to fake-it-till-you-make it as an Instagram foodie. Yes, eating should be enjoyable
“Oooh, I bet you’ll see loads of Toffs at the Henley Royal Regatta,” breathed my co-worker. Noticing my befuddlement she quickly added, “You know – rea-llllllly rea-lllllly rich people in their litt-le boat shoes, boater hats and boating jackets with colours to support their club.” I translated this to mean
Intrigued by a hotel named Hotel Victoria Palace with only two stars and persuaded by past positive reviews, I booked three nights. Photos of the boutique accommodation belied a certain charm. Besides, accommodation rarely contributes to the quality of my trips, so as long as it didn’t detract the quality of
Networking: schmoozing, boozing and self-promotion, all while ingratiating the other party. While I’ve been a brand ambassador for large spirits companies, I feel strange promoting myself at the London Travel Massive party. But the private get-together was a great time to meet travel enthusiasts from all over the world!
Since my travel for budget is modest and vacation days are dwindling, I have resorted to second-hand experience of the other cultures via travel talks and museum or art exhibitions. A free guided talk from Matthew Williams-Ellis at his photographic “Tales from Latin America” exhibition on October 29 was
What is a visit to Greenwich without a photo op at the Prime Meridian? Most other tourists wondered the same thing because a massive queue of people were waiting to take their photo on this famous market in the Greenwich Royal Observatory. I thought there had to be another demarcated segment
On my first full day in London, J surprised me with a picnic at the lovely lavender fields in Mayfield. From afar the abundance of tiny purple flecks at Mayfield Lavender merged into a lavender sea, bordered by a verdant tree-line. Strolling through the idyllic violet fields, with the calming scent