Weekly Round-Ups

How Do You Fit It All In? #7

The latest instalment in a series in which I answer the ongoing question “How do you fit it all in?”, which people ask me when I tell them what I do.  Continue reading “How Do You Fit It All In? #7”

Travel

So Florence Is Pretty Awesome

I recently went to Italy for the first time. I landed in Bologna, got on a bus to Modena, felt very excited about the trip… and then was intensely disappointed when I discovered that Modena is a shithole.

“What’s wrong with me?” I wondered. “Do I just hate Italy? Am I in a terrible mood for no good reason? Is it because it’s my first time abroad in over a year?”

None of the above, as it turned out. It was just Modena. When I went to Florence a few days later, I discovered breathtaking views, rolling countryside and delectable cuisine.  Continue reading “So Florence Is Pretty Awesome”

Travel

If You Go To Italy, Do A Day Trip To Modena

…but don’t stay there longer than a day, it’s surprisingly unpleasant.

A couple of weeks ago I went to Italy for DFRWS, a digital forensics conference. The conference itself and the work surrounding it lasted 4-5 days, but I tagged on a couple of extra days either side.

The conference was in Florence, but when I googled that I realised it was close to Modena, where they famously make balsamic vinegar. You can only buy proper traditional balsamic in Harrods here in London, so I thought it might be fun to tour a real balsamic vineyard, and probably cheaper to bring some back in my suitcase than to buy it here. I was right on both counts.

I also imagined that Modena would be a pretty city surrounded by beautiful countryside. I was wrong on that one.

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Travel

I am in Italy so there might not be many posts for the next two weeks

Hello readers,

I am currently in Modena, and later today I will be going on a tour of a traditional balsamic vineyard. I will then spend all my money on balsamic vinegar despite only arriving yesterday evening, and will have to stretch out about €10 to last the rest of the time I’m here.  Continue reading “I am in Italy so there might not be many posts for the next two weeks”

Books, Uncategorized

Interview With Bethany, A Serial Expat

Every week on ExpatFocus I post several interviews with people living all around the world. While they’re all interesting in their own ways, a lot of them are very similar. People miss their family and friends, they like the cuisine except for this one disgusting thing, they’ve made friends with some expats and some locals, and they advise potential expats to do a bit of research but then just plunge in and go for it.

Infrequently, however, I come across a person whose story is both thought-provoking and fascinating. Bethany is one such individual.

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Books

Turning: A Swimming Memoir by Jessica J. Lee

I love swimming. I also love books. So when I was asked whether I wanted a review copy of Turning, Jessica J. Lee’s memoir of a year swimming in lakes around Germany, I of course said yes.

It’s always a bit weird reviewing a memoir. How do you review someone’s feelings?

You don’t, of course. You review how they presented them to you.

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Travel

I have been a total idiot but luckily this month’s travel link up is here to make me feel better

On Saturday I went for dinner with Emma and Becca, and once we’d Instagrammed our food we started talking about blogging, because even offline life is lived semi-online in 2017.

Emma mentioned the Travel Link Up, which is this brilliant thing that a load of people do each month, where there’s a specific topic chosen and then everyone writes a blog post about it, and then they all go and comment on each other’s posts, and it’s basically a big travel-related blog love-in.

I’ve been meaning to participate for aaaages but I’m rubbish at getting my act together and doing it.

But this month, it’s about fucking things up, and we all know that’s one of my fortes. So, here goes.

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