Berlin Vol. 11: Four Days of Christmas (Markets)

Friday 7 December – Monday 10 December 2018

For two years in a row, my Dad and I went to the Christmas markets in Berlin to do our Christmas shopping. This year, I thought we would have to break what could have become a tradition. I was going to be going away for a long weekend around Christmas but this year the plan was to go to Tromso with a friend from university. I’d booked the time off work but before I booked my flights, my friend announced he had to cancel due to work commitments. I debated going to Tromso alone but since my Dad was keen for another Berlin trip and, since it was Christmas, I decided to change my plan and booked flights for my fourth trip to Berlin this year.

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Galway Girls Weekend

Friday 23 – Sunday 25 November 2018

Ireland is one of those places that is so close to home, I never really consider it as a holiday destination, despite the fact that I would actually love to explore it more – I know it has some amazing landscape. So when one of my work friends, who comes from an area near Galway (so lets call her GG), suggested a group of us went for the weekend, I was all aboard.

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Nordics Part Two: Helsinki

Thursday 15 – Sunday 18 November 2018

After another inevitably delayed flight, my friend and I arrived in Helsinki from Copenhagen some time after 11pm. I didn’t know the public transport situation in Helsinki but I did know how expensive everything (which in this case would be a taxi) would be so I was a bit nervous. My fears were confirmed when my friend said that the last train would be leaving in about 5 minutes and we didn’t have enough time to get to the station – but there would be a bus. It turned out my friend was wrong, there were still trains but it looked like they would take a similar amount of time so we opted to stick with our bus plan, since we were already by the bus stop. This turned out to be wrong too and we ended up actually at our destination, somewhere around the centre of Helsinki, at about 12.30/45am. Continue reading “Nordics Part Two: Helsinki”

Nordics Part One: Copenhagen

Tuesday 13 – Thursday 15 November 2018

Having to get up early in the morning is never my favourite thing to do but there are worse things than having to get up early to go on holiday. My flight to Copenhagen left Gatwick a bit before 9am (so not super early) and I had a smooth start to my trip. My bag inexplicably got pulled over at security but once it proved it could soberly walk in a straight line it was allowed to go without charge. My flight with Norwegian Airlines was obviously delayed (because why would any flight leave on time) but my friend and I still arrived in Denmark with plenty of time to enjoy the day. Continue reading “Nordics Part One: Copenhagen”

Berlin Vol. 10: Parks and Palaces

Thursday 18 – Monday 22 October 2018

Sometimes I wonder how much more of the world I would have seen by now if I had never discovered Berlin. This thought is always shortly followed by another – that I don’t really care. As much as I love travelling and discovering new places, going to Berlin for me now always has a sense of going home and that’s lovely.

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Berlin Vol. 9: A Birthday Weekend

Friday 17th August – Sunday 19th August 2018

After 6 months of living in Romania, you may think that my last weekend before moving back to London would be an important one to spend at home – making the most of the things I’d come to love. Like chips from Cartofisserie, Gyros from Thessaloniki, burgers from Simbio, pancakes from Coftale and Hugos from Linea / Closer To The Moon. And, of course, I’d need time to say goodbye to Therme. Earlier on in my trip, however, that thought didn’t occur to me. My friend was on secondment in Vienna and we both had a public holiday on the Wednesday before so we figured we could take a couple of days off and make it into a trip to explore more of Eastern Europe. Continue reading “Berlin Vol. 9: A Birthday Weekend”

Living in Bucharest: Weeks 17-24 – Part Three

Monday 18th June – Saturday 25th August 2018

Due to things getting pretty busy in Bucharest, I got quite behind with my posts for the last few months of my stay. So instead of weekly journal entries, here instead is a (not so) quick run through of my activities over the last weeks of my time in Bucharest.

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