Sunday morning

My favourite time to be in Oxford - and this is true of most European cities - is Sunday morning. The city is almost entirely my own at that time, before the buses laden with day tourists pull into Gloucester Green and when the shops are still dark inside. This is the best time to... Continue Reading →

Highlights from Tel Aviv

The Wedding The reason we were in Tel Aviv - in fact, the reason we were in Israel - was to attend a wedding. And without a doubt, this wedding was the highlight of our week in Tel Aviv. We started with a drinks reception on the rooftop of a building at the top of... Continue Reading →

Armchair traveling

Yesterday was World Book Day, which gives me an excuse to discuss the combination of two of my favourite activities: reading and traveling. For the past few years, I have made a habit of reading about a place before I visit. I don't mean that I read a travel brochure or guidebook in preparation (though I might)... Continue Reading →

Luxury in travel

Inspired by: Joy is both cheaper and harder to find than so-called luxury A few days ago, a friend of mine posted a link to this article about luxury travel and joy. The point was merely that luxury travel does not equate to joy-filled experiences, which seems obvious. I had never equated the two together before and was surprised... Continue Reading →

Observations from Basel: Introduction

I would like to do a regular feature on living in Basel, where I have spent the last eight years of my life and can't help but notice the quirks that set life here apart from life anywhere else. A lot of these observations could apply to Switzerland overall, or at least Swiss-German speaking regions.... Continue Reading →

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