Travel / 13/10/2020 The hidden grandeur of Northern Iceland

If we are building a list of hidden gems around the world, Iceland should not be on this list. Everyone knows Iceland is the epitome of natural beauty and offers so much for a relatively small island. A photographer’s paradise and filled with natural spectacles seen nowhere else, most have been recommended to visit “The...

Travel / 13/10/2020 Travelling a post-pandemic world for UK travelers

Ever since the pandemic hit and countries across the world are forced into lockdown, most of us have been itching to hit the road and start travelling again. As infection and death rates change each day, the UK government is constantly updating their travel corridor list. But what does the most recent list look like?...

Travel / 13/10/2020 How to eat your way around Norwich

My stomach and I have had the pleasure of munching and sipping various food and beverages at many Norwich establishments over the course of my time here. I look upon the map of Norwich as a sort of tasting map now – areas associated with memories of savoured meals gone by. Here is a glimpse...

Travel / 13/10/2020 Meet these incredible travel world record holders!

There are numerous world records relating to travel; most are truly extraordinary, and it is difficult to imagine how anyone would be able to achieve them. However, countless record holders stand as testament that the unimaginable is always possible, so long as someone is willing to try.  On 31 May 2019, Lexie Alford, a 21-year...

Travel / 22/09/2020 How I stayed active during quarantine

Before our descent into lockdown, my fitness routine wasn’t the best. In fact, I wouldn’t use the word “routine” at all, but rather a sporadic attempt at running across campus at midnight, inevitably ending in a sprained ankle due to a lack of stretching and the complete absence of a warm up. When I moved...

Travel / 22/09/2020 The ultimate guide to staycation in Norfolk

With exotic holidays off the cards this summer and the foreseeable future, we thought we’d explore the wonders that are right on our doorstep in Norfolk. At Concrete, we truly believe we have the best location for studying in the country. Everything you could wish for from an overseas holiday is available right here in...

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The ‘genuine fake’ experience in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar

It seems that we now live in a world where trade is carried out in absolutes. We enter well-known shops, selling well-known brands at rigid prices, in standardised quantities. But as you travel east through Europe, much like the parameters of acceptable driving etiquette, or the risks attached to drinking tap water, the idea of…

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Is the New York on TV the ‘real’ New York?

When thinking about the Big Apple, we tend to relate it to popular American TV shows: Suits, Ugly Betty, even Brooklyn Nine-Nine. New York seems to be the place that is so well-captured on television; however the secrets of this city seem to be displaced from what is normally shown on screen. Important issues of…

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Swimming with dolphins: the bitter reality behind the dream

For many, swimming with dolphins is either a favourite holiday past-time or an activity to tick off the bucket list. Yet many fail to ensure that their experience is safe for the dolphins as well. In 2013 the popu- lar documentary Blackfish raised public awareness concerning the controversies of the marine-tourism industry. Since then, questions…

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A guide to European street scams

The promise of a cultural adventure on the continent lures students every year into spending their summer inter-railing across Europe. With historic and hip cities residing only hours away from each other, the savvy traveller can happily take in all that Europe has to offer. Amongst the sights and sounds of these cities however, lie…

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Finding the Rainbow Nation in rural South Africa

When thinking of South Africa, the term Rainbow Nation usually comes to mind. South Africa is often dubbed a Rainbow Nation because of its diverse and vibrant culture. This is certainly true when looking at the country as a whole, but when you delve deeper into the individual states of South African society, it becomes…


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