Travel / 14/09/2021 The new nature: has the Covid-19 pandemic led us to think nature differently?

As the world was plunged into varying degrees of lockdown in the early months of last year, the news was dominated by images of chaos and horror. Covid-19 patients desperately waiting to be ventilated, exhausted health care workers, panic buying and empty shelves in supermarkets. Yet, amongst the pandemonium, another type of image emerged. Amongst...

Travel / 14/09/2021 Getaway Abroad to Hong Kong

Three months ago, I landed home. However, I spent almost one month in quarantine. After multiple hurdles at border control and regular health checkups to bypass, I realised freedom was a luxury. This freedom cost me a great amount. From expensive Covid-19 testing services in the United Kingdom to my 21-day hotel fees in Hong...

Travel / 14/09/2021 (Re)discover Norwich

Norwich is rightly described as a fine city. For new and returning students, Norwich is a hugely exciting place to be, and the range of activities you can do and places you can visit is vast. Although I’ve spent a lot of time here, since the end of lockdown there are so many things I’ve...

Travel / 14/09/2021 Are platforms like Tripadvisor really that important? The good and bad of review sites.

So, you fancy going to a new restaurant? Somewhere nice, not too pricey but does great food. Do you gamble, and hope you stumble across what you’re looking for? Or do you do your research? If you’re anything like me, you’ll be on Google faster than you can say Tripadvisor! As a society, we heavily...

Lifestyle, Travel / 14/09/2021 Out of the clubbing club

Entry costs £5. Cloakroom costs £2. Each beer costs £5 plus, along with the cost of the hangover the next day. All for what? Listening to music I wouldn’t normally listen to, surrounded by people I wouldn’t normally have invited. While I miss the atmosphere of the club scene, what I missed afterwards was my...

Travel / 17/08/2021 My pandemic getaway

No sleep. Bus. Club, another club. Plane. Next place. The activities of Lady Gaga’s now oft-quoted On the Record interview seem like a hazy utopia. Restless days of constant partying are over, for now, with PCRs replacing the LCR. Sleep is in excess, and clubbing is replaced with walking. The peak of entertainment? The local...

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Getaway Abroad to Hong Kong

Three months ago, I landed home. However, I spent almost one month in quarantine. After multiple hurdles at border control and regular health checkups to bypass, I realised freedom was a luxury. This freedom cost me a great amount. From expensive Covid-19 testing services in the United Kingdom to my 21-day hotel fees in Hong…

Travel

(Re)discover Norwich

Norwich is rightly described as a fine city. For new and returning students, Norwich is a hugely exciting place to be, and the range of activities you can do and places you can visit is vast. Although I’ve spent a lot of time here, since the end of lockdown there are so many things I’ve…

Lifestyle, Travel

Out of the clubbing club

Entry costs £5. Cloakroom costs £2. Each beer costs £5 plus, along with the cost of the hangover the next day. All for what? Listening to music I wouldn’t normally listen to, surrounded by people I wouldn’t normally have invited. While I miss the atmosphere of the club scene, what I missed afterwards was my…

Travel

My pandemic getaway

No sleep. Bus. Club, another club. Plane. Next place. The activities of Lady Gaga’s now oft-quoted On the Record interview seem like a hazy utopia. Restless days of constant partying are over, for now, with PCRs replacing the LCR. Sleep is in excess, and clubbing is replaced with walking. The peak of entertainment? The local…

Travel

Why I can’t wait to be in Leipzig again

Waking up to the smell of fresh bread wafting up from the bottom floor bakery. Chugging coffee like it’s water throughout the day. Persuading the bureaucratic train conductor that my ticket is very much still valid. Having a breakdown over the dative case, yet again. It feels like a life-time ago since I lived in…

Lifestyle

Ikigai: Life in the Little Things

Ono Jiro had not always been like this. Many years later, as he served the forty-fourth President of the United States in a restaurant only large enough for ten tables, he would remember those distant afternoons where he gained the secret of transforming fish into art.  It was the consequence of punishment. Often described as…

Lifestyle, Travel

The Age of Wild Swimming

Wild swimming has been growing as a movement over the last few years, but the Covid-19 pandemic has brought about a noticeable spike in its popularity. What is it about swimming in nature that makes it so timely? The initial shock of the cold water takes my breath away, regardless of how much I’d anticipated…


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