I feel like I’m away more often than I’m home at the moment, and my suitcase is constantly being unpacked and repacked. I like to think I’m practical packer most of the time, but there are some things I just need to have with me to help me on my various travels. Here are a few of the luxuries I can’t leave home without. Snowsports and winter trips There are friends, there are best friends, and then there are those you’re inseperable from. Let me introduce to you to Fosy. Mine is currently tucked away in the back of my…

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Blue eyed, dressed for every situation, Moving through the doorway of a nation… …is not exactly an accurate description of my appearance as I arrived at Abu Dhabi airport, but bear with me while I attempt to tenuously link my stay at a five-star hotel to a new wave band from 30 years ago. We sped down the city’s bizarrely empty highways until we reached Yas Island and the taxi driver pointed to a glowing fluorescent blob in the distance. “That is your hotel,” he said. All bleary-eyed off an eight-hour flight I squinted at the blob. “Blimey… hotel is…

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Airport layovers are a weird kind of purgatory. The period spent in limbo between where you came from and where you’re going to is often in a timezone that has no bearing on either your point of origin or your destination. I usually find thay this leaves me disorientated and unsure as to whether I should be sleeping or awake. The relationship you build with the place you’re transferring through is also an unusual one. The window of opportunity to form impressions is limited to the short time prior to landing and after take-off. Other opinions will naturally form based…

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