Catalonia vs Spain

  Everyone has been to Barcelona. It’s one of the most popular Spanish holiday destinations, probably more so than Madrid, yet not everyone knows it’s part of Catalonia (or even, regrettably, what Catalonia is). I am not particularly well-versed in Spanish culture or history myself, and had never bought into the all-inclusive resorts where so many of my fellow Brits spend their summer holidays. The first … Continue reading Catalonia vs Spain

There Is More To France Than Paris…

Surprisingly, Paris was not number one on my list of cities to visit in Europe. But of course, I have been several times and have fallen in love with the city. I mean, who doesn’t? It’s one of those cities that doesn’t get boring after a week. There’s simply so much to see, do and eat! The first time I visited Paris was in March … Continue reading There Is More To France Than Paris…

“I would rather be on my farm, than be emperor of the world.” – George Washington

Despite my somewhat disappointing trip when I was 17, I was determined to fall in love with the German language and I returned to Germany shortly after my 19th birthday. Having just spent a year in Switzerland, my mind was filled with fondue, pristine cities and beautiful people. So naturally, I decided to go and work on a farm. I know, an odd choice of … Continue reading “I would rather be on my farm, than be emperor of the world.” – George Washington

“…Never knew before what eternity was made for. It is to give some of us a chance to learn German.” – Mark Twain

One of my favourite quotes from Mark Twain. And it aptly summarises how I felt during the summer I was obliged to spend in Northern Germany. Not that I was forced to go there for those terribly long ten weeks; at least, not by a parent or a teacher. No, even at 17, I condemned myself to torturous life experiences. Let me elaborate: I was … Continue reading “…Never knew before what eternity was made for. It is to give some of us a chance to learn German.” – Mark Twain