Quaint, laid-back & cool: A Dispatch From Utrecht

Amsterdam is a city I’ve visited many times, because it’s a fantastic place but also because my girlfriend is from there. I hadn’t explored anywhere else in The Netherlands though, so on our last visit there, we decided to see some more of the country and explore Utrecht which is a short 30-minute, €6 train ride away from the capital. Utrecht is a medieval university … Continue reading Quaint, laid-back & cool: A Dispatch From Utrecht

The Great Siege of Malta: A Dispatch from Valletta

I hear the concussive boom of cannon fire and see the smoke clear as the guns are fired across the bay. Fires are blazing, turning night into day. Warriors roar as swords clatter against shields and swords, the metallic clang carries across the warm Mediterranean air. Walking along the fortified walls of the Fort of St. Elmo, this is what I see in my mind’s … Continue reading The Great Siege of Malta: A Dispatch from Valletta

Maze-like streets and rain-drenched plazas: A Dispatch From Seville

Sevilla, the capital of Andalucía. The city of sunshine, flamenco, and orange trees. Possibly the most Spanish of Spanish cities and the most exotic of European cities; the bullfighter is still adored and the multi-coloured streets lend an air of colonial Cartagena. The very name conjures images of sultry evenings spent picking at tapas and drinking vino tinto elbow-to-elbow in a packed bar down a … Continue reading Maze-like streets and rain-drenched plazas: A Dispatch From Seville

13 Minutes from a Different World: A Dispatch from Berlin

13 minutes. 780 seconds. Just under a quarter of an hour. What can you achieve in 13 minutes? Maybe, if you’re lucky, your commute to work takes 13 minutes. Maybe it takes you 13 minutes to eat your lunch. Some of you may spend 13 minutes taking selfies or browsing Instagram. It may take you 13 minutes to shower. The point is, 13 minutes is … Continue reading 13 Minutes from a Different World: A Dispatch from Berlin

Sardinia’s Second City: A Dispatch from Sassari.

I stand in the Piazza d’Italia at the blue hour, my favourite time to explore a city. The sun has set, but it’s not yet dark, the streetlights gradually flicker on, lending everything a beautiful, ethereal look. Following the murmurings of life, I walked along the Via Roma, a long, palm-tree lined boulevard leading to one of the loveliest public squares in Sardinia, and now … Continue reading Sardinia’s Second City: A Dispatch from Sassari.