This summer, I spent a week in Skopelos in Greece, known as the film location of Mamma Mia!. I went with my parents, which naturally meant taking advantage of not having to pay for anything. I’d soon convinced them to book an all-day Mamma Mia! island tour. Whilst my mum was excited by this prospect, it took the promise of a massive ice cream to convince my dad. The second we boarded the tour bus, which was packed with an assortment of enthusiastic and slightly sweaty tourists, I felt the first inkling of regret. It was 8:30am and ‘Dancing Queen’ was already blaring out of the speakers. I didn’t know it yet, but today would test my love of ABBA and Mamma Mia! to the limits. Continue reading Postcards from Abroad: Skopelos
This summer, I travelled to Mountain View in California. I was there on an internship, which limited just how much exploring I could do, but I managed to see a fair few sights in the weeks that I was there! As expected, the weather was scorching the whole time and without the air-con that was installed in nearly every building, I’m sure that I would have actually melted. Continue reading Postcards From Abroad: California
As we were deciding on a summer holiday, Edinburgh initially felt like an odd choice when my boyfriend and I booked our tickets. However, both of us burn within ten minutes of being in direct sunlight, so we decided on the northern city for a long weekend away. In hindsight, we probably should have looked at the weather forecast as we ended up being there … Continue reading Postcards From Abroad: Edinburgh
When I told people I was going to St Petersburg, in Russia the general response seemed to be “Is it safe?” (Generally the follow-up was whether I was going for the World Cup, which, considering I didn’t realise the World Cup was even happening this year, made me laugh). I’ve been staying in St Petersburg for a month now as a solo traveller, interning at … Continue reading Postcards From Abroad: St Petersburg
It’s hard to describe Singapore. This is partly because it was nothing like I imagined, and partly because I feel like you need to go there to understand. I’m not one to be impressed by man-made attractions and skylines made up of skyscrapers as far as the eye can see, but there was something about Singapore that made my jaw drop. This city-state was spotless, sophisticated and dynamic. Sparkling sky-high buildings with gardens bursting from the upper floors, enormous shopping malls that felt like cities in themselves, Chinese and Indian neighbourhoods that seemed to transport you to a different country; this is Singapore. The mix of Malaysian, Indian and Chinese residents also adds a whole new depth to the city. Although it is an expensive place to visit, I was surprised at how easy it was to stick to my budget. Travelling solo as a woman can be scary, but at no point during my visit did I feel unsafe or vulnerable. I would recommend Singapore to all!
I started this summer by flying with my friend Jacob to his home country for two eagerly anticipated weeks of perfecting my Norwegian, soaking up the cultural and instagramable sights, and enjoying more fish dishes than my pescatarian self could wish for. After stumbling across the hugely popular web series Skam a few years ago, I fell head first in love with the country and spent more than an acceptable amount of time researching my “future home” (job success dependant because, wow, is Norway expensive).
Norway, however, was everything and nothing like I expected it to be. No matter how much Jacob reassured me before departure that ‘Norway does have summers too!’, I wasn’t prepared for the 30 degree heat the country was enduring from a rare but persistent heatwave. Nor was I to perfect any of the basic Norwegian I already knew. You were much more likely to see me tight lipped and silent, refusing my receipt with a shake of the head because apparently even the way I said ‘nei’ was amusing to my friend, tour guide, and native speaker. Nonetheless, prepared to return all but bankrupt and thoroughly exercised (because it turns out everything in Norway is a hill), we were off. Continue reading Postcards from Abroad: Norway
Rio de Janeiro is synonymous with how we imagine Brazil, from magnificent views over miles of sun-kissed beaches, to the lofty heights of Christ the Redeemer, and marked signs of the country’s social inequality represented by its notorious favelas. With these images being known throughout the world, Rio is undoubtedly a global icon. However, many travellers do worry about how to be best prepared to … Continue reading 48 Hours in Rio