The Best of Cefalù: A Dispatch from Sicily

I step off the hot, crowded second-class carriage into to the train station, and I make my way down the curving hill to Piazza Garibaldi. There are groups of older gentleman sitting on benches chatting away, laughing and gesticulating wildly. I continue on through the steep, narrow, cobbled alleyways to my apartment, hearing the air punctured by the “ring-ding-ding” noises of the old Vespa engines … Continue reading The Best of Cefalù: A Dispatch from Sicily

Chasing the Ghosts of Days Gone: A Dispatch from Paris

I am outside a bar in the Rue du Faubourg Montmartre in the 9tharrondissement, just around the corner from the Grand Boulevards metro station. I ate an underwhelming meal in the chaotic Le Bouillon Chartier next door, a 120+ year old grand European café that has seen better days. Upon leaving, we stumbled upon Café H which is where I’m now sitting, practically dancing in … Continue reading Chasing the Ghosts of Days Gone: A Dispatch from Paris

The Battle of Cable Street: A Dispatch from East London

83 years ago to the day, there was a battle in London’s East End that turned out to be one of the largest riots in the city’s long and storied history which has since been immortalised in a mural on the side of Saint George’s Town Hall, a short walk from Shadwell station. The Battle of Cable Street was the clash between the police and … Continue reading The Battle of Cable Street: A Dispatch from East London

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

A Day in Historic Yafo: A Dispatch from Tel Aviv-Yafo

Tel Aviv is an anachronism. In a country filled with so much history, the city feels somewhat out of place. In Israel, it’s known as “the bubble”; its self-contained nature leads it to feeling a million miles away from the rest of the country. With less religious tension, a skyline littered with skyscrapers, a laid back attitude towards homosexuality, and Judaism, and a hedonistic nature: … Continue reading A Day in Historic Yafo: A Dispatch from Tel Aviv-Yafo

Johnny’s Falafel: A Dispatch from Tel Aviv

Whenever I visit somewhere new, I like to seek out the “institutions”. Those historic food and drink venues that are as a much a part of the fabric of a city as a Cathedral or a Museum. Often, they even have their own cultural identity. Whether it’s a historic fin-de-siècle café or a famous 24-hour restaurant, most cities have them. London has the Beigel Bake … Continue reading Johnny’s Falafel: A Dispatch from Tel Aviv