Rollin’ like a Zombie: CDMX

Everyone hates a clique: until they are allowed into it. Roller Derby is as empowering as everyone says (if they know what it is) but, it’s not so progressive that it avoids the Hollywood ‘Mean Girls’ trope.  You can strap on your skates and choose a life of laps. Hits. Falls. Repeats. You can marvel […]

A day in Tepoztlán: A Pueblo Magico

Tepoztlán was our first encounter with a ‘Pueblo Magico’. The arrival wasn’t as whimsical as we might have imagined; we were unceremoniously dumped out of the bus on the hard shoulder of the motorway and left gobsmacked on a grass verge! Only 3 other people had got off with us; all of them had marched […]

Making it as a Local in Mexico City (more specifically, Tlalpan, but nobody knows where that is!)

After I found out I had secured my first international teaching post, at La Escuela De Lancaster, in Mexico City; I didn’t think, “what about the cartel?” (unlike every other person I told). The first matter I wanted to tackle was, ‘how am I going to fit in?’. Tlalpan, the borough of D.F. (District Federal) was not going […]

Backpacking Can Be Disheartening (OR: How White Privilege and Entitlement Can Ruin Travelling)

  WARNING: If you voted for Trump you will not appreciate this post, you might as well just leave. Byeeeeee.   2012 was a better year to be British than 2018. I didn’t know that at the time. I was demoralised by a coalition of idiots running the country and frustrated by the audacity to […]

Coatis, Raccoons and an Owl at North Somerset Bird of Prey Centre

Sometimes you just need a Coati to dump himself on your head, grab fistfuls of your hair with invasive, muddy claw paws. For said Coati to be called Diego.  For him to mercilessly start digging away the sleeves of your coat to get to your concealed wrist and the delectable perfume you were foolish enough […]

Flamenco in Granada

I like to dance; I don’t mind being a sweaty mess or my fringe sticking to my forehead, because it means I’ve let loose. Like many other people, I dance in the night, in a club, bar, town square (picture Cuba or Brazil) or at a party. The common denominator across cultures and venues is […]

It’s Chrisssssssssstmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas! Let’s ride The Polar Express!

  *Attention passengers; you may wish to take the express route to trip relevant information only, if so, please proceed to paragraph 14. For those who like the ‘leisurely’ scenic route (the ‘all-around-the-houses-to-cover-all-bases’ route) you may start your journey here. Whichever route you choose, I hope you enjoy your trip* The Guinness Book of Records […]

Be a Tourist at Home

Home is where the tourism starts: Rhan Un (Welsh for, Part One) When abroad my own rules on, ‘how to be the best tourist’ always include: Research, see cultural highlights, follow at least some best rated tip offs from online communities, spend money in considerate ways, treat every minute as one I’ll never get back […]