A Christmas Story: That Time I Got Kicked Out of the Vatican City

A Christmas Story: That Time I Got Kicked Out of the Vatican City

It was early December and myself and three fellow singers from the ship had been asked to make the trip to the Vatican to make a film to be shown to the passengers in the build-up to Christmas. Glory, glory, Hallelujah! A trip to the Vatican!! I'd been before, a couple of times, but in [...]

Three Days in Portland Oregon

Three Days in Portland Oregon

I arrived into Portland on the Coast Starlight Amtrak train, having left Sacramento the night before, chugging through the snow-capped mountains of Northern California and Southern Oregon until we finally pulled into Portland's Amtrak station in a haze of drizzling rain. I was spending three days in Portland as a solo traveller, and wanted to [...]

Barcelona is Better in Winter! (7 reasons to visit during off-season)

Barcelona is Better in Winter! (7 reasons to visit during off-season)

The first time I visited Barcelona was at the height of Summer about five years ago, and despite the fact that it was chockablock with people, I still fell in love with the city. The architecture is like something from another planet, the sun was shining, and the Catalan way of life is just as [...]

24 Hours in Gjirokastër, Albania (That time I fell in love with an actual town)

24 Hours in Gjirokastër, Albania (That time I fell in love with an actual town)

All research that I'd done prior to my arrival in Albania, was that many a person makes a day trip from Sarandë to Gjirokastër; but not so many opt to stay overnight in the mountain city. And I am just here to tell you guys: staying a night in Gjirokastër is 100%, absolutely, without a [...]

Four Days in NYC: The One Where I Got by with a Little Help from my Friends

Four Days in NYC: The One Where I Got by with a Little Help from my Friends

I touched down in New York City some time around 9am on a March morning, feeling rather frazzled after a sleepless flight spent sitting behind two babies who were clearly not big flying fans. The sun was shining and the air was rather on the crisp side, and combined they really helped to sharpen my [...]