Getting to know Gisborne (and its wine)

Getting to know Gisborne (and its wine)

New Zealand is, as I may have mentioned once or twice before, ridiculously beautiful.  Everywhere you turn, it looks like nature is just plain old showing off – oh you want a beach, here’s a perfectly untouched one I made earlier; or how about some scenery, just go round this corner and poof: will this epic postcard viewRead More

A warm welcome to Kiwi Land

A warm welcome to Kiwi Land

Apart from the fact that they make great coffee and have brilliant birds, there’s something about New Zealand that just always makes me feel warm and welcome. Unless I try and bring in fruit or mud on my shoes. That’s a no go. I almost smuggled in a banana this time round before my wily kiwiRead More

Settling into the Windy City

Settling into the Windy City

As you may have noticed, if you’re an avid reader, I haven’t posted for a bit longer than normal.   One of those days is perfectly excusable as it didn’t exist; not for me anyway.  We left Chicago on Monday and arrived in New Zealand on Wednesday.  Tuesday disappeared in some sort of flying time-zone switching hole.Read More

Chicago: First Impressions

Chicago: First Impressions

We’re just a few days into our first stay in Chicago and though I tried to explore as much as I could, I then went and got sick.  I’m ok though – thanks for your concern –  it’s just a cold. I did, however, have to negotiate my way through the pharmaceutical section of theRead More

Time to make a move…

Time to make a move…

We’ve been sitting in London long enough now to see it turn from full summer bloom to this drizzly confused end of season thing it’s got going on now.  I got used to it again; just in time to say goodbye. Again. We expected we’d be leaving, but didn’t know entirely when. Initially we planned to stay for three weeks,Read More

Burgers & Beaches: BRGR.CO and Camden Beach

Burgers & Beaches: BRGR.CO and Camden Beach

I have a passport! I emailed the passport office last week telling them it had been three weeks since they’d received my passport.They replied to me telling me it had been three weeks since they received my passport. I replied, pleasantly thanking them for telling me what I already  knew and asked if they could, ever-so-kindly,Read More

So you want to give up your job and work for yourself?

So you want to give up your job and work for yourself?

Let’s talk about freelancing. Everywhere I look nowadays it seems there are blogs and articles encouraging you to give up your job and go “follow your dreams” by travelling the world and/or work from the comfort of their own home. The internet is filled with pictures of bored looking people staring at their desk looking uncomfortable juxtaposed againstRead More

The Best of Brighton: what to Eat, See and Do

The Best of Brighton: what to Eat, See and Do

I spent two years living in Brighton as a student and I still hold it as dear to me as an old friend that is a little bit much to spend too much time with in one go, but that I still like to catch up with regularly.   Ten years later (yes, I am thatRead More

Wishlist for a Staycation in London and Beyond

Wishlist for a Staycation in London and Beyond

The passport that I sent off is currently somewhere in limbo as the passport office goes on strike. This is of course brilliant when you have a travel blog.  But this month’s Travel blog link up topic of  ‘Staycation’ got me to thinking about what I could or should be doing, passport or no passport, aside from visitingRead More

Local Treasures: Forty Hall Estate & Farm

Local Treasures: Forty Hall Estate & Farm

Currently, we’re still living in the ‘burbs of London while we figure out our next moves and I wait for my passport as a Mrs to arrive. My new little blank adventure book should be arriving very soon but in the meantime we’re enjoying the summer and travelling a little closer to home. We’re trying to take advantage of LondonRead More

“But why?” And other frequently asked questions about moving abroad

“But why?” And other frequently asked questions about moving abroad

When you make the decision to move abroad you are inevitably going to get asked: ‘why’.  You’re going to get asked it a lot. And you’re going to get a lot of different reactions, particularly when the answer is quite often: ‘well, why not?’ This and a number of other frequently asked questions come up overRead More

French style vs. British fashion

French style vs. British fashion

In the latest of my Britain vs. France posts I’m going pretend to be a fashion blogger, but without the pretty pictures of me posing in a carefully selected outfit by a cherry blossom tree. Instead I’m talking about the difference in attitudes to style and consumption of fashion in France and the UK.  As always it’s basedRead More

The prettiest pub in London serves up a mean Thai curry

The prettiest pub in London serves up a mean Thai curry

Now I know what you’re thinking; prettiness and proficiency with Asian food aren’t exactly the usual criteria for judging a good pub. But work with me here. My kiwi had always wanted to go to “that pub with all the flowers” near Hyde Park.  He’d talked about it often so, one day last weekend, after spending hours walking around the NaturalRead More

Local Treasures: Life in the London Suburb of Enfield

Local Treasures: Life in the London Suburb of Enfield

When I say I’m a Londoner, I should really qualify that a little bit:  I’m a ‘zone 5′ Londoner. All this means is that I didn’t grow up with Big Ben on my doorstep and in fact going ‘into London’ was a bit of trip in itself.  I grew up far enough outside of LondonRead More

Britain vs. France: Let’s talk about business

Britain vs. France: Let’s talk about business

Last week I said I was making a list of things that are different between France and Britain as I’d found the two to be rather different. Here is part one of that list. One of the things that has been hardest to adapt to is the difference in business attitudes. I’m sure if a FrenchRead More

How to eat, see and do London – by a Londoner

How to eat, see and do London – by a Londoner

Everyone has an opinion about London, whether they’ve lived there, visited or just heard about it. I once had an American guy on the phone ask me, upon finding out where I lived, whether Big Ben was “as magical in the mist” as he imagined? “Sure,” I told him, “magical.” Another time, on a Chinese AirwaysRead More

Britain vs France – An intro to an (un)definitive list

Britain vs France – An intro to an (un)definitive list

  After a year of living in Montpellier, we’re back in London.  Now, I’ve lived in the UK and I’ve lived in France. Therefore, in my head, I am completely qualified to compare the two countries. In England, I’ve lived in that behemoth of a city known as London, and for a little while, Brighton, which isRead More

Wrong Turns and Wineries

Wrong Turns and Wineries

One of the things that we thought would be quite fun about planning a wedding in France but, like many other things, turned out to be quite a challenge, was choosing the wine. Wine was one of Jono’s wedding jobs and he had been dutifully trying them all while I was away in London. One night, ourRead More