Trying and almost failing to leave Belgium!

It was the last day of our weekend break. Sarah and I had booked a last minute cheap deal for a few days in Brussels, hoping to escape the forecast storms in Manchester. We had enjoyed it for the most part, a definite highlight was getting lost on the way back from Bruges and inadvertently traversing…

Sometimes, just like ‘real life’, traveling can be tough.

When I moved to Canada 3 years ago, I learned that going to new places on your own leaves you vulnerable and very open. Some days were hard and emotional, some weren’t, but I learnt very quickly that travelling can so often be very far from idillic. It is tough because your character is constantly…

Budget hotels in KL, our cautionary tale!

Booking a hotel in a new city can have its challenges; you don’t know the area, you’re not entirely sure of how much things should cost, and you generally are just a little unsure of the what to expect. It’s fairly straightforward to overcome these challenges with the easy access to online booking sights, reviews…

Will Kaufman on Woody Guthrie

During my final year at university I took a course which involved making documentaries with a historical perspective. On this course I had the great pleasure of meeting Will Kauffman, a professor from the USA who as a cultural historian has spent a large part of his life researching and writing about the music of the…

Ostend – making the most of getting lost!

Something that we discovered in Belgium is that the trains are exceedingly difficult to navigate! This is partly because of a language barrier on our part (with a fairly basic knowledge of French for me and a working knowledge of French and German for Sarah) but in the main part due to the lack of…

feathers – my first tattoo

It’s been at least ten years since I first thought that I would like to get a tattoo. That time was spent mainly resisting the urge to get the first thing that popped into my head and trying to work out something ‘meaningful’ to put on my body. Something I am eternally grateful to myself…