I was beginning to miss mountains... Dubai is excessively flat, in a way that makes us Welsh people feel uncomfortable and stifled: a roadtrip to alpine Al Ain was well over-due. We planned to make it up Jabel Hafeet (one of the UAE's tallest peaks) but got side-tracked, like kittens by some shiny tinsel, when … Continue reading Every day’s an adventure.
"I'm far from the sixth pillar of Islam; sadly more Haram than Halal. There's not even a single spiritual fibre of my being... I get the giggles during yoga sessions and vegetarian sausages make me sad. But there's something undeniably magical about The Grand Mosque at Abu Dhabi..."
"Brunch couldn't work in the UK: People would be dead."
You will feel like you're in a reality TV show. Or at least like you're a Fresher at uni again (minus the horrific mid-naughties hair-dyes and craving to stay in bed until dinner-time... but with just as much debauchery). They will throw 20+ of you together, from all corners of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth, … Continue reading Dubai: Things they don’t tell you.
Italy: The only place in the world where you can sit on the street at 8:30am with a bottle of wine in each hand... and nobody thinks you're homeless.
I knew I had to go in Summer. "DON'T!" said everyone. "It smells like a sewer when it's hot!" I'll admit - it did have a whiff reminiscent of drains and cholera. But IT'S VENICE: Your eyes are so busy you'll forget you even have a nose.
"Yes, everyone tells you it’s going to be hot… But unless you’ve ever stuck your face in lava or been to the sun then it’s hard to comprehend."
"Canadians really like BIG things. Their meals, buildings, and waterfalls are all of an exceptional size. Their CN Tower is half a kilometre tall!"
"There be no dragons here! Despite our national flag claiming to the contrary, 40 foot red dragons have never roamed our countryside. Though legend has it that the Welsh Dragon will come and fight for us when we need him most. Maybe in the Rugby World cup of 2015 then…"
"Her boobs are out. I can see the nipples of my childhood heroine, staring straight at me (not 10-feet away!)"...And that was my first impression of the ninth most famous statute in all the world: Copenhagen's The Little Mermaid.