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Gluttony in Galway, Ireland

Galway is brilliant. And I never saw it coming. My Dad and I booked our trip to Ireland on a whim, electing to include the country’s most historic port city in our itinerary just a day before we left the UK. What an excellent decision that turned out to be. Although we only spent two nights, that was all […]

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Guinness Storehouse or The Old Jameson Distillery?

Decisions, decisions. Chances are– if you’re visiting Dublin for a city break–then you’ll have a few  of them to make, including this frequent head-scratcher: visit the Guinness Storehouse or The Old Jameson Distillery. My Dad and I were lucky; we managed both, and were thus able to compare the two experiences, which feature prominently among the city’s top attractions. Guinness is […]

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Three Days in Deadly Dublin

Just to be clear: Dublin is a very safe city. It is not deadly in the literal sense, though something tells me that if I had consumed many more pints of Guinness or Full Irish breakfasts, I might have literally exploded. Thankfully this didn’t happen, and I am still in one piece, albeit a couple of […]

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The Dos and Don’ts of Budapest

Budapest is one of those European hubs that inevitably makes it into anyone’s Euro-trip itinerary for one reason or another. It was the nightlife that drew me in, since I’d heard and read so many good things about it. For others, it might be the impressive blend of architectural styles, the sweeping views over the River […]

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Fernilee Reservoir, Heart of The Peak District

Behold the peak district! Sadly, August has brought almost nothing but grey skies and depressing rainfall to the UK, but on the odd occasion that it has been possible to venture out and not come home looking like a drowned rat, I have taken full advantage. Earlier this summer I visited Lyme Park– setting of […]

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Budapesht? Budapisht. How to Party in Budapest!

Sometimes, it is a man’s duty to fly to another country and consume copious amounts of its alcohol– particularly if that country sells cheaper and better alcohol than his own. I don’t make a habit of travelling for the sake of getting fuddled on foreign liquor, but as an expat with very few opportunities to […]

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