Choose your own Peckham adventure

I’m often out and about and far away from home, but this blog is about finding adventure every day, no matter where you are. As I’ve been gallivanting a lot recently and am heading off to Copenhagen, Malmo, Munich and Berlin over the next few weeks, this weekend I’ve just been taking it easy in south east London. I’ve been living close to Peckham for two and a half years now and over the course of that time it’s been slowly changing. When I first moved here, some of my acquaintances wouldn’t come near the place, and in all fairness,…

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My brief encounter with Ukraine

I can say with all certainty that being a shy child taught me to be a careful, confident solo traveller once I reached adulthood. Something you will only understand if you have ever been one of those people who is terrified of everything is that the whole of life can sometimes seem like an exercise in calculated risk taking. Every word that passes your lips is an exercise in not stuttering; every set of stairs you walk down is an exercise in not falling; every foray out of your front door comes with the utterance of a prayer that you…

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Review: Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Montreal

Oh the relief when you’ve flown long-haul and you finally reach your destination. For me in Montreal, this meant the Queen Elizabeth Fairmont — which sitting literally on top of the city’s central station, smack bang in the middle of the downtown area and seemingly within walking distance to everywhere of note was surely the perfect location for a first-time visitor. I arrived in my room to discover that I had actually had four rooms, which for the sake of factual accuracy I should really refer to by its proper name: a suite. A bowl of fruit, a welcome card…

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My Montreal top 5: jet boating, bars and the Basilica

Here are the top five things that I loved about the city of Montreal. 1.) Notre-Dame Basilica If you see one thing in Montreal, make it the Notre-Dame Basilica in the old town. I honestly had no idea that churches that looked like this existed outside of Europe. Built in the gothic revival style, the church was originally erected in 1672 in stone, but eventually became too small, so was rebuilt. Rather than depicting religious tales, the stained glass windows show important events from Montreal’s history, which is no surprise given that the building plays such a central role in…

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The glamour of Canadian train travel

This is just a quick post, but I had to mention how much I loved this experience. I love going on trains abroad — those double-decker trains that trundle all over Europe, the super-slow train that trundles through the Tuscan countryside, even the Eurostar. Travelling by train in the UK doesn’t quite have the same mystery and excitement as doing so in other countries, perhaps because those journeys tend to be pretty… functional. As you might imagine, when I found out I would be travelling by train through Canada I got disproportionately excited, and the whole experience from beginning to…

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