Travelling from the riverside town of Kampot, we set off for Chi Phat in the foothills of the Cardamom Mountains. The village is an community-based ecotourism (CBET)  project that I thought sounded intriguing. Would this be a place where we could experience the reality of rural Cambodia? Despite between two and three assurances that the […]

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Obscure Festivals from Around the World

March 3, 2014
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There are a loads of popular festivals around the world that most of us are not familiar with. In no particular order, here’s a list of those unique and marvellous festivals, along with a video of what they look like in action! Boryeong Mud Festival: Boryeong, South Korea Started in 1998, this festival takes place […]

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King’s Cross Begins to Buzz

February 25, 2014
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King’s Cross was a product of Victorian progress – not just a railway station, but a massive, interlinked landscape of goods yards, warehouses, energy storage, distribution facilities and waterways. Railway passengers found hotels ready for them at the station, and an underground railway waiting to carry them to other parts of the metropolis. If the […]

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Eating Out in Bruges

February 18, 2014
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Zeno We splashed out. And I’m still dreaming about our meal at Zeno. While there’s a lengthy tasting menu on offer at this should-have-a-Michelin-star restaurant, we played it cool and signed up for four courses. Except that we got talked into a cheese course, and there were six surprise appetisers that arrived before the meal […]

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The Twists and Trickiness of Learning Thai

January 31, 2014
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The Thai language is tricky. It uses a tonal system, and there are five different tones meaning that you can be saying something completely different to what you intend based on how you say the word. I cannot get to grip with these tones – I’m constantly talking mountains when I mean rice, telling people […]

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Top 5 Things To Do In Central London When It’s Raining

January 22, 2014
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It’s a standing joke that it’s always raining in London. And while this definitely isn’t the case, there are few cities with as many rainy day activities on offer as the UK’s capital. There’s a huge amount of art, architecture, history and entertainment to discover inside countless venues, but here are my five favourite spots […]

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First Tracks Ski Experience, La Plagne

January 21, 2014
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I never get the post holiday blues quite as much as when I’ve been skiing. It’s so invigorating, so otherworldly… and absolutely impossible to even vaguely recreate back here in the UK. But let me share something of a secret with you — the undoubted highlight of my group’s trip to La Plagne in the […]

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