England

Celebrating Holi Festival in London

It was slightly warm, Punjabi music was playing over the speaker system, and the colours; so many colours, were being thrown up in the air. Children were dancing and laughing together – it is Holi. Let’s celebrate! However, I am not in India. I am in London, at a small pop up event called Holi in the City, run by the staff at Cinnamon Kitchen, which is in...

3 free views of London

Visiting London is often on many a bucket list; with its varied history, and beautiful buildings, to the many attractions. The only downside; like many cities is, it is expensive. But, It doesn’t have to be. One thing I really love doing, is getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city and seeing a view from up high, or afar. It gives you a different...

Flying over London, with Emirates Airline

London is an ever expanding city, and as such; it requires more transport options for its residents and visitors. One thing, that surprised me after moving to London a few weeks ago, was how easy it is to get around, and how easily you can be sucked into the mentality of the busy Londoner; running and pushing people out of the way for the 7.16am bus, which will...

Short term apartment rental in London

Often when you travel, accommodation can take up the bulk of your costs. So much so, that people are looking for alternative places, and ways of maximising their stay in a location. Although the need for hotels, will never vanish; there appears to be more of a demand for short term rentals, or holiday homes; a home away from home.   This past weekend, I became...

Why I can’t hack it as a London commuter

6am, my alarm shrieks and brings me back into reality. Surely it’s not time to get up yet? It’s the first day of my new job. I have returned to the UK to make some money to fund my next adventures. I shower, change, take out the rubbish bins, make breakfast and rush to make myself semi presentable. I was starting a new job after all. 6:41am, I leave the...

Visiting Bakewell, Derbyshire

During my recent trip to the UK over July/August 2013, I travelled a lot; mainly, as a lot of my friends and family are so spread out. Towards the end of my trip, I travelled to Chesterfield in Derbyshire, to see a good friend who I lived with for a few years. I met up with a number of friends during this trip, and in the end we decided to go off and explore the...

Being a tourist in London

I will always remember my first trip to London, I was 11, and I was my end of Primary school trip. I saved up for ages, all my birthday, Christmas and chore money. I also went and collected drinks cans to recycle for money. I remember being excited about seeing Big Ben for the first time, being in the west end at a theatre production and seeing the famous Buckingham...

How to travel the UK on a budget

When I moved to England from Northern Ireland in 2006, one thing that amazed me was the transport network throughout the country, which included the frequency of this and the cost. Coming from a small town in Northern Ireland, I occasionally used public transport, but mainly relied in my parents or sister to drive me places, until I learnt to drive myself. As a...

London: summer rain

It was raining as we woke up, but still quite warm. Again for the second day, we had no plans, apart from to get to the airport by 5pm for our flight. We booked our bus with EasyBus (Part of the EasyJet brand) the night before .. so once again exceptionally organised! I slept in for quite a while during my second morning. Jetlag had suddenly caught up with me. Whilst...

Returning to London after 19 months

I recently returned to London, after 19 months of living in New Zealand. I had been counting down for many months beforehand. Flying from Seoul to London, I felt excited, but in a sense a little sad, as it felt like all my travelling adventures were coming to an end, even though I knew I would be returning to NZ and had other travel plans in the pipeline. As we...

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