Musings, Stories For A Smile

Introducing: “Stories For A Smile” Series!

stories for a smile

The news, whether we like it or not, has a massive impact on us and on our lives. It affects how we view the world, how we view ourselves as a species and what kind of decisions we make through the course of our lives. It’s uncertain to me what “NEWS” actually stands for, but sometimes it feels like it should stand for “Never Ending Woeful Stories” because of the sheer amount of distressing negativity that can be found in our papers and on our screens.

Just over these past couple of months, there have been a staggering amount of horrible events that have occurred.

  • The Stanford swimmer who raped an unconscious girl (and only received a jail sentence of 6 months)
  • The Orlando nightclub shooting where over 100 LGBTQ+ people were killed\injured.
  • The police shooting of African-American man, Philander Castile (and many more African-American people), who posed no threat to others.
  • The shootings and suicide bombings at Atatürk airport where nearly 300 people were killed\injured.
  • The terrorist attack in Nice, France where nearly 400 people were killed\injured.

That’s enough for anyone to want to hide in a cave and that’s not even half of what’s happened recently!

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France

An Itinerary For 4 Days In Paris

4 days in Paris

“Paris is always a good idea.” – Audrey Hepburn.

Never has truer words been spoken about Paris than those by cinema’s late and great darling.

If there is a city that I would never mind visiting no matter the season, length or reason… it’s Paris.

It’s a city with an old artistic soul, perfect for an introspective and creative introvert like myself.

But even if you happen to identify as an extrovert who has no particular desire to ‘ponder’ or be creative, I will still recommend you, as I do everyone, to visit Paris at least once in their lifetime.

Paris is a city that is in itself, an experience.

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News from the Globe

Britain Leaving the EU…

Britain Leaving the EU

The question of whether Britain would decide to leave the EU or not, has been one that’s dominated the media in the past few weeks.

It’s been nearly nine years since I’ve lived in the UK and as a result, I’m not always privy to what goes on in those borders. But with the future of the UK, the EU and quite frankly, Europe and the rest of the world up in the air, I kept my eyes on the pending results like a hawk.

And like many other Brits and Europeans, the results have caused a lot of disappointment, sadness and fear.

I’m most definitely not an expert on this topic (consider that an official disclaimer) and I very much resist getting political on this blog for a vast number of reasons. But I’d like to just vent for a moment if that’s okay. You’re totally welcome to skip this post if you’re not interested.

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Israel, Photo Essays

Photo Essay: Tel Aviv’s LGBT Pride Parade

Tel Aviv's LGBT Pride Parade

Happy Pride Month everybody!!

It is the month of June again and all over world, members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies are celebrating.

Last June, I came out on this blog and on my social media, after being inspired by the legalisation of same-sex marriages throughout the whole of USA. Something that was all over the news, this time last year.

But this June, I’ve done something even more exciting that I’ve wanted to do for many years… I went to the LGBT Pride Parade for the very first time!

Specifically, Tel Aviv‘s LGBT Pride Parade.

For those of you who have never been… Tel Aviv is a vibrant, metropolitan city in the centre of Israel, and is considered to be the Gay Capital of the Middle East. Over 100,000 people come to celebrate (over 200,000 people arrived this year),  with over 20,000 tourists coming to Israel specifically for this event, making Tel Aviv’s LGBT Pride Parade the biggest in all of the Middle East & Asia!

Tel Aviv is so LGBTQ+ friendly, that it was actually named the best gay travel destination of 2011, in the world.

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Blogging, Fun Stuff

I Received a Liebster Award!

liebster-award-nomination

So, recently I got nominated by my friend and blogger Svet Dimitrov for the Liebster Award. My first award of any kind for this blog which is really exciting.

But what is the Liebster Award, you ask?

Well, it’s an internet award that’s given to bloggers by other bloggers, as a sign of recognition for the awesome work that they’ve put into their blog.

But what’s really cool about it, is that every blogger that receives this award pays it forward and gives it to another blogger, along with 11 questions that the blogger has to answer. After answering the 11 questions that you’ve received, of course.

And so, now that I’ve been nominated, I’m going to answer the awesome questions that Svet asked me, before passing the torch to the next bloggers and giving them their questions. And lucky for me, I’ve been given some mega awesome questions to answer.

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Musings, Taboo Topics of Travel

How To Get Over The Mid-Travel Blues

How To Get Over The Mid-Travel Blues

So… if you’ve been reading through some of my recent posts on this blog, you’ll probably be familiar with how I didn’t have the best time during my recent adventure in Australia.

I’ve talked about the troubles I was having at the beginning here, about why I eventually decided to go home here and what the whole experience taught me about myself and about travel here.

It’s a bit embarrassing because as you can see, I’ve talked about it a lot.

But what I haven’t talked about is why the Mid-Travel Blues particularly suck and more importantly, what can be done about it.

Because while I know that my specific experience of the Mid-Travel Blues in Australia was also a result of my poor mental health, it made me realise that the mid-travel blues can affect anyone for a multitude of reasons.

So let’s tackle the what’s, why’s and how’s of this beast, so that more of us can have happier travel experiences.

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Blogging, Fun Stuff

“The Trip That Changed My Life” A Travel Book For Charity!

The Trip That Changed My Life

Yes!! Finally I get to talk about something extremely exciting and something that I’ve been working on behind the scenes, for quite a while now. An awesome project that I’m immensely proud to be a part of!

What is that project?

A book filled with real stories from travellers around the world, about a travel experience that changed our lives for the better!

The awesome and humorous travel blogger, Hung Thai, behind the equally awesome and humorous travel blog Up, Up & A Bear, came up with an amazing idea for an innovative, travel-related project. And I am one of the 50+ travel bloggers who are fortunate enough to be a part of this project by contributing a story of a travel-related experience that changed my life for the better.

And the best part about it is that… the proceeds will be going to charity!!

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