A Surprise Sojourn: A Dispatch From Brussels

I’d always wanted to go to Brussels, I’m not sure why, but it was always somewhere that appealed. On a recent trip back from Amsterdam, we arrived here only for Eurostar to cancel our train. Bad news aside, it was the perfect opportunity to explore Belgium’s capital. Best of all, Eurostar is footing the bill. With only 2 nights and a day here, these are … Continue reading A Surprise Sojourn: A Dispatch From Brussels

A Winning Gamble: A Dispatch From Bucharest

Bucharest wouldn’t have been my first choice holiday destination, in fact, I hadn’t ever considered going there at all, but after several beers in a pub on a cold January evening with my friend, we got to talking about how we hadn’t been away together for a couple of years and how we needed to remedy that. We started flicking through the Ryanair and Easyjet … Continue reading A Winning Gamble: A Dispatch From Bucharest

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

Welcome to Bethnal Green: A Dispatch from The East End

Originally a poverty stricken slum area, Bethnal Green is shaking off its dour high-rise image and becoming a destination in its own right. For over a century it’s been a melting pot of original East Enders, Jewish, Italian, and Bangladeshi families but its proximity to the City of London has seen working professionals moving in, and with it, rapid gentrification. Think £3 coffees, grown men … Continue reading Welcome to Bethnal Green: A Dispatch from The East End

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