I’m proud of my suitcase. The only mementos of my travels are plastered all over it. When you travel as often as I do, collecting 2D souvenirs starts to seem as desirable as it is practical. And, when I’m bored in a queue at an airport, I do love being able to stir pleasant memories […]Read more "Life Lesson #46 – Left Luggage"
This is the part where I should mention that I’m allergic to most ocean creatures. I’m good with fish, but shellfish, squid and most crustaceans make my throat constrict and my stomach bloat like I’m carrying triplets. So, at a seafood restaurant, I’ll always order the fish. But a lifetime of avoiding all other seafood […]Read more "Life Lesson #45 – Something Fishy"
Today I learned never to eat local cuisine on the street. At least, not unless you’re sitting down. This is especially true if you’re somewhere really cool, like Belgium, where they have a really awesome national food, like waffles. If you do have to eat something really delicious on the side of a beautiful cobbled […]Read more "Life Lesson #44 – The Waffle"
You can call me Usain. This is me. For real. When you fly Ryanair on a non-EU passport, you have to get a visa-check stamp when you arrive at the airport, before going through security. Every other airline does it just before you board. This means that if you’re silly enough to forget to get […]Read more "Life Lesson #43 – Mad Dash"
If you’ve had the misfortune of running into me this week, I’ll forgive you for thinking I got into an accident with a lawnmower. I’ve been sort of growing my hair ever since I left New Zealand. Well, the top anyway. It got to the point where my fringe reached the bottom of my nose. […]Read more "Life Lesson #42 – Close Shave"
Today I learned what not to wear to court. It all started in June last year, when a rude official knocks on my door saying we haven’t paid our TV licence (who knew there was such a thing!?). I explain that our landlords are responsible for it, to no avail. We automatically fail the test, […]Read more "Life Lesson #41 – The Court Jester"
I just bought a new life on eBay. When we found out our bid for the new flat we wanted in King’s Cross was successful, I went OCD fast. There were lists. Within hours, I had saved hundreds of bargain priced fridges, rugs, vacuum cleaners, microwaves and couches to my watchlist. Each time I won an […]Read more "Life Lesson #40 – The £5 Couch"