3 ways to prepare for your first hammam

Travelling as a woman is exhausting. When travelling in Morocco, despite dressing conservatively, the locals could tell we were tourists from a mile off. They would flock to us, surround us, yelling ‘hey, sexy lady, good price for you!’, grabbing us by the elbow and trying to get us into their stall. Other men, on…

Eat this: Tasty meals for fast days

It’s been a couple of months of indulgence, so I’m doing the 5:2 diet for a while to reset my hunger levels and generally feel healthier. Hooray! Everyone on the internet tackles this diet differently. For me, I find that if I don’t eat during the day my hunger levels stay manageable. If I eat…

Treat your ears: 3 funny podcasts to listen to

In the world of podcasting, it seems the ones that people get obsessed with are the slightly sordid, true-crimey kind of podcast. Your Trace or Serial or Dirty John, with twists and unexpected occurrences. While I do enjoy a good addictive true-crimey podcast, sometimes I don’t want to be bummed out with the worst of humankind on my way to…

7 things I learned while camping

When I told my friend Louise I wanted to go camping, I immediately regretted it. Her eyes lit up. “I’m gonna make you poop in a hole,” she said, with an evil cackle. The experience was infinitely better than I expected. Not only did I have a whole lot of fun, I learned a bunch of…

How to be Portuguese

“Ob-ri-ga-da,” Louise said, over and over, as we exited the airport in Lisbon. “Obrigada! Obrigaadaaa.” “Maybe you can practice your Portuguese on these guys,” I suggested. I gestured towards the two men selling tickets to the bus into town. “Hi!” Louise said brightly. “Oh, I mean ola! Dos…” She hurriedly flipped through her little guidebook to…

27 thoughts everyone has had while trying to rent a house

Look at all the pretty properties online! What was everyone talking about? This is fun. And… they’re all out of my budget. Ok, so we’ll adjust the amount to what I can afford… And… they’re all in the middle of bumfuck nowhere. Let’s just find something in the middle. Small, affordable, inner-city. Here’s a good one!…

18 in 2018

I’m a big fan of New Year’s resolutions… in January. When I’m not working, and everything is easy, and it’s sunny, and real life hasn’t quite kicked in yet. Flash forward to the middle of winter and these resolutions have long since been forgotten. Another option is a list of things I’d like to achieve,…

The Lighthouse – Part 3

A ghost story Part 2 here > Start from the beginning here > – The next day they walked towards town. Louise felt hot and fuzzy like someone had stuffed cotton balls into her head. The clouds sat, heavy and bulbous, waiting to drop more rain down on them. The wild wall of green beside…

The Lighthouse – Part 2

A ghost story Catch up on part 1 here — “Beers on the beach,” Louise decided. Christine gathered up towels and keys. Cicadas chirped in the complete dark outside. The rental house spilled yellow light onto the lawn, a safe halo that didn’t reach the path directly to the shore. The soft, pale sand shifted…

The Lighthouse – Part 1

A ghost story — “That lighthouse is definitely haunted,” Christine said. They looked up; it stood like a sentry, solid and squat, perched on the edge of the bluff. Wind whipped thick strands of Louise’s dark hair into her eyes, all salty and stiff from her swim earlier. “I think it’s a rule,” Louise said,…

Adventures in 2017, part 2 (July – December)

Check out Part 1 (January – June) here. July I don’t do the cold well. July is usually the worst month because the birthday festival is over yet there’s still no sign of warmer weather to come. July was a homebody month, where I tried to start a winter garden, dreamt of travel in the…