A Chemistry Lesson For Your Skin

Aged 16 I flunked my chemistry exams. If our lessons had focused on dermatology however, I might be a Nobel prize winning chemist by now. My bathroom cabinet is a veritable skincare laboratory and after years of practice I’ve learnt more about science from my toner than my teachers. Having said that, the label mumbo jumbo can get a little too much and the term…
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Fancy a nationality swap?

Fancy swapping nationalities this month? I’m considering Canadian – modest, understated and cool. Or Switzerland – safe, pacifistic and beautiful. Or Tuvaluan – a nationality hardly anyone has heard of, belonging to a country which will disappear anyway if sea levels continue to rise. Because I’m rather bored of being British right now. Or rather I’m fed up of being held up for Brexit, Gibraltar, the Falklands and pretty much…
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The Hotel That Doesn’t Let You Check Out

Last year I changed my holiday routine. After years of adventurous travel to remote lands, travel has been an escape, an experience, something new and exciting. From bling bling hotels in the city (‘circular disco bath anyone? There’s room for six…’) to eco resorts accessible only by foot or helicopter, from private palaces to public houses, I have always sought something a little different. In…
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Top Five Expat Destinations

I recently decided against a move to Nigeria with my two young kids due to (perhaps unjustified…?) concerns over its crime rate and healthcare. My other half rebuked me for my prejudiced view of a country I haven’t even visited. He continues to rave about the wonders of Lagos – exciting business opportunities, fabulous sunshine and amazing nightclubs. But these aren’t…
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‘Your Wife is Dead? Hoorah!’ And Other Language Mix Ups

Language mix ups have cost me dear; from incorrect food orders, to foot in mouth insensitivity and even a date with the wrong guy. On my first French exchange aged twelve the family asked me what food I liked. I got my vocab muddled and was presented with a tray of unidentifiable shellfish, sea demons and other slimy monsters which I didn’t even…
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