An Introduction: A Dispatch from London

“Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner, that I love London so…” as the oft-repeated song goes. Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner, born, raised and based in the East End that I love London so, but I don’t think it is, it’s so much more than that. It’s a 2am bagel from Brick Lane, it’s the sense of wonder standing in the British Museum atrium … Continue reading An Introduction: A Dispatch from London

Off the Tourist Trail: A Dispatch from Amsterdam

Amsterdam. A city of gable roof houses and nearly a million bicycles. There are over 65 miles of canals and more bridges than Venice. It’s the city of Rembrandt, Johan Cruyff and Anne Frank. Possibly the most cosmopolitan small city you’re ever likely to visit, it has the cultural clout of a city triple the size. The city of Amsterdam is maybe more famous for … Continue reading Off the Tourist Trail: A Dispatch from Amsterdam

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