I like doing these year-end review posts (see 2013 in review and 2014 in review). The year-end is an excellent opportunity to sit down and reflect on what’s happened, as well as strategise for the year to come. 2015 can be summarised as a year of focus, productivity and learning. I learned to identify what’s important, […]
I’ve just been writing my year-end review post, which I will have published shortly, and I’ve realised I never published photos from my trip to Innsbruck and Seefeld with family in September. We spent a lovely fortnight hiking, enjoying the beautiful scenery and relaxing. I snapped some nice photos, posted below for your enjoyment.
What with writing once-a-week (without fail so far!) on BlogBettr I’ve not been keeping up with publishing here recently. Inspired by Sean Blanc, who was in turn inspired by Derek Sivers, this is “now”. Now is what I’m focussed on and doing now. Writing a dissertation (10,000 words). Taking three final year modules at University. […]
Last month I had the privilege and pleasure of visiting five countries across the Balkans and also Turkey. I went with my friend Joe and we spent a month adventuring our way through Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Turkey.
Having done a similar trip across Central Europe last year, I wanted to be slightly more adventurous this time round. We definitely were slightly more adventurous.
Like last year we travelled super light; I took a 25l bag + satchel last time but only had a 22l bag this time round. I have a curious fascination with packing light. I wrote a post about it mid-way through the trip.
I’m halfway into a month long trip through the Balkans and so far we’ve visited cities in Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia. I’m writing this from the balcony of our beautiful Airbnb apartment in Skopje, Macadonia. In a couple of days we’ll be heading to Sofia and then leaving the Balkans to explore Turkey. Travel is […]
I undertook an awful lot of adventures in 2014 and it’s mildly crazy that we’ve got to July and this is the first adventure post of the year. Still, doing one’s degree and getting as much work done as possible provides a reasonable excuse.
The Strasbourg Adventure was a joint trip with University of Warwick’s BrassSoc and WindOrch. We spent four and a bit days in Strasbourg and two days in Colmar, a beautiful town about an hour to the south.
I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from Strasbourg, but it’s a very nice town indeed with a beautiful old town and plenty of character, but also the European Instititutions off to the edge of the city. We played a concert in the huge atrium of the European Parliament building which was extremely enjoyable.
Unsurprisingly, the price of alcohol was of concern a group of students, but Academie de le Biere had fantastic (if still a bit expensive) cocktails which almost made up for the slightly ridiclious price of a pint. Local wines were pretty good too (and much cheaper). We did a tour of a vineyard which is worth doing if you can get into the hills away from the city.
Colmar is much smaller than Strasbourg and we visited mainly because we couldn’t book a hostel for the whole week in Strasbourg itself. Four days was kinda enough to see Strasbourg, though, and moving on to Colmar ended up being an excellent move. The town centre is very small but very beautiful, with “Little Venice” being a particular highlight.
We didn’t really stay in the town centre on any of the evenings, but on a late-night photography mission on our last day I wandered through the town centre and the bars were bustling and looked very nice indeed.
First adventure of the summer is done. I’m headed off again in a fortnight to South Eastern Europe and Turkey, which I am very excited about. Pics are below.
I’ve just got back to University having been at home for the last four weeks. In those four weeks I wrote about sixty thousand words for four essays. The essays are three thousand words each, but reading and notes for each one drags the word count up. I’ve written and thought a lot about “habits” […]
I was writing an incredibly long and prose-driven post about how I ended up getting my kinda rubbish laptop replaced with a shiny new Macbook last week and whilst the contents were useful it wasn’t particularly interest. So here’s the same information but condensed for your convenience. I bought a laptop eighteen months ago, recently […]