I’ve now been in Chile for six whole days and, instead of a lengthy and inevitably somewhat dull blow-by-blow account of the week, here are a few slightly silly anecdotes offering a dollhouse-sized window into what life is like here as both a gringa and somebody prone to being a bit of a shambles. 1. Surprise! Empanadas are essentially Chile’s national dish; imagine a Cornish pasty but … Continue reading A cuenta a day…
N.B. I wrote the first half of this a week ago, and I have now left Oxford and am back at home in Lincolnshire. It’s been almost a whole year since I wrote a blogpost but that is not to say that the past year has been uneventful. On the contrary, it’s been a highly formative year: I’ve completed my degree, found out what I’m … Continue reading The start of adulthood?
I spent the beginning of last week visiting my friend, Will, who lives in Guernsey. I was excited a) to see him now that he’s out of the exam hole and b) to go on what is my only holiday this summer. Always keen (as my blog title suggests) to visit new places, it didn’t take long for me to act upon Will’s offer of … Continue reading Sun, sea, and salted caramel in Guernsey
Now that my year abroad is finished, I’ve found myself feeling reluctant to call it a day with this blog as well. I’m going to try and keep going with it by writing about places I travel to (bound to happen far less often than it has over the last year, but never mind), things I eat, whether in a restaurant/cafe or cooked by me, … Continue reading Review: Cafe Shanti, Lincoln
This post was written in two bits, mainly because I never got round to finishing it the first time round but then couldn’t bring myself to delete it and start again. Written on Monday 20th June I write this, (probably) my final blogpost concerning my year abroad, from the comfort of my bed in little old Normanby-by-Spital, the Lincolnshire village where my parents live. There’s … Continue reading Final thoughts and happenings
I’ve just arrived back in Santiago after catching a painfully early bus this morning from Muxia, the final destination of my four-day walk. That pilgrimage that I talked about possibly doing a couple of posts ago? Yeah, I actually did it. And it was honestly one of the best decisions of my year abroad. I had the best time ever. It’s difficult to pin down what … Continue reading These boots (okay, trainers) were (not) made for walking
After two failed attempts, yesterday was the day that I finally made it to las Islas Cíes, a gem off the coast of Galicia and home of the world’s best beach, according to this article in The Guardian. I had a friend from school visiting for the weekend and, seeing as one day is more than enough time to see the whole of Santiago, going for a day … Continue reading The Costa del Sol’s got nothing on this…