Continental Ceremonies – Unusual European Wedding Destinations

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It seems to me that when someone tells me they’re getting married abroad, its usually in one of two places; Malta or Cyprus. This may be because these countries offer great wedding packages and long summer seasons for wannabe married couple, but I always think these ideas come across as a bit too ‘normal’. Surely the whole idea behind getting married abroad is to go somewhere out of the ordinary and have an experience for you and your guests that you can’t have at home. I’ve been looking around at some of the locations for European destination weddings available and the following are my top three picks. Montreux Palace, Switzerland For a winter wedding I don’t think you could beat this stunning hotel. L’hotel Palace Montreux as its known locally, […] Read more…

Review: Ozeri Pedometer

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I got this pedometer over Christmas and thought I’d give it a quick review as part of my effort to get outdoors more this January and keep fit at the same time. I’ve had a few pedometers in the past but they’ve always been ones that you get free with something so inevitably they have a relatively short life span. The pedometer I got over Christmas was the Ozeri 4x3razor Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer with Tri-Axis Technology in Black which is very neat and clips onto my pocket (I clip it onto the inside) neatly. The pedometer is also very light, so much so that you forget you’re wearing it, which I guess is the idea. I found the pedometer easy to set up (you input your weight, stride length etc) […] Read more…

Get Healthy For Taking On The Outdoors This Winter

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It usually takes us until the start of January to realise that all that partying, eating and drinking in the winter months was not such a good idea. Add the harsh winter weather into the mix and its a recipe for dehydration, illness and lethargy. Inspired by this thought, I’ve decided to tackle the pattern of events early this winter and resist the urge to indulge too much. I had the flu about three weeks ago, and after feeling exhausted and shivery for a full 7 days, I made an effort to do everything in my power not to get ill again this winter. Lo and behold, here I am 3 weeks later with what appears to be the beginnings of a chest infection (or at least very badly controlled […] Read more…

The Best Places To Experience The Midnight Sun

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I’ve always heard about the ‘Midnight Sun’ and I have a picture of it as my wallpaper on my home screen, but I’ve never actually known what it is until now. In this blog post, I explain all about the phenomenon of the midnight sun. Occasionally referred to as Polar Day, the phenomenon of the midnight Sun occurs due to the earth’s slightly tilted axis. As the earth orbits around the sun, the tilt makes the north pole face towards the sun in summer and away from it in winter, creating darkness during the northern hemisphere winter months and complete sunshine during the summer. The same phenomenon of the Midnight Sun can be witnessed south of the Antarctic Circle but since there are no permanent human habitations here it’s easier […] Read more…

Overlanding in Mongolia

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In August this year I went to Mongolia. It happens to be one of those placed which, when you tell people you’re going there on holiday, then respond with something  along the lines of: “Why????” Mongolia, was, and still is for many people, a mystery. Regarded as a landlocked backwater with very few people and little development. Take this entry from urban dictionary for example. It explains it all: Indeed, the majority of people couldn’t find Mongolia on a map of the world, couldn’t tell you which countries it borders (Russia and China are the answers) or why you would want to go there. That wasn’t a problem for me though. I began thinking about visiting Mongolia when I was travelling in Kyrgyzstan in Summer 2013. A couple of people I […] Read more…

Throwback Thursday – Brazil 2007

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Fond memories of traveling with a great friend from university, Sophie, through Brazil in June 2007. We travelled from Sao Paulo, up the coast to Parati and Ilha Grande, then to Rio de Janeiro and then to Iguazu Falls. Then we crossed the border into Argentina, but that’s a whole other story! Neither of us had been to Brazil before so we were so excited to use the Portuguese language skills we’d been learning that year at university to good use. We arrived in Sao Paulo late at night and went straight to our hostel to sleep. Early the next morning we took a bus along the coast to a place called Parati, a lovely old town with a colonial feel, surrounded by tropical forests on the Costa Verde. Parati […] Read more…

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