Climbing Mountains

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac It’s been a while since I’ve been climbing mountains.  I miss it. Having said that, this particular hike was gruelling!   Hiking the Trolltunga involves a 1,000m ascent (3,000 ft), and took us about […]

Brainwashing Yourself – How to Feel Better

This month has been crazy, and exhausting. For lots of reasons. Work, life, moving. We’re in our new place now. Sans furniture, which has been interesting… That’s changing slowly. I’m looking forward to having a bed again and eating from a plate! Anyway, I’ve caught up with a few friends recently who are having a bad time. I know how […]

Rental Market Craziness

I don’t know why people hate estate agents so much.  I asked one of them. He didn’t know. Reflecting on my experiences with estate agents over the years, I can’t say I’ve had many bad ones. All the agents I came across this time were wonderful. It was a pleasure interacting with them! I have a love-hate relationship with looking for […]

Is China Taking Over the World?

Do we need to worry if it does?  I love Chinese food and have always been interested in Chinese culture. Based on my own experiences abroad, here are my observations: Warning – I despise generalisations and stereotypes. Still, this post is full of them! Apologies if anyone takes offence. 1. Will Chinese be the world’s main language in a few […]

My Favourite Live Music Venues in London

I’m lucky. Living in London is a brilliant place to see live music. I’ve been able to see most bands and musicians that I like because almost all of them perform in London at some point in time. Beat The Touts is a useful website for news on up coming concerts and information on pre-sales. It’s still a struggle to buy tickets […]

7 Japanese Observations

Man I miss Japan. This time last year, we would have just arrived in Tokyo. We spent a month travelling around. (You can read about some of my favourite places here). A month wasn’t enough. I could have spent weeks in Tokyo alone. To be honest, arriving jet lagged with high expectations, Tokyo was a bit of a disappointment. It […]

The Best Day Trips from London?

I’m often asked for suggestions on day trips from London. I always think that London has more than enough to offer! But if you want a break or want to see more of the UK, then this is what I usually suggest. The places are listed according to their proximity to London. I haven’t included Richmond or Greenwich as I […]

Paranoia, Censorship and Freedom of Expression

They had guns but I wasn’t afraid. I didn’t believe that I’d be shot. I was perplexed, annoyed, and shocked by the absurdity of the situation. We were trying to cross the Chinese border from Tibet into Nepal. We were asked to declare any reading material – and consequently did so. I had a Nepal Lonely Planet book which I […]

Death and New Beginnings

I haven’t got angry or lost it with anyone for a long long time.  Still, I lost it with a poor Enterprise car hire employee. I think his name was Pierce. (Sorry Pierce). We had just been told that my Taid didn’t have long to live and we had decided to hire a car to drive up to the hospital to […]