My Favourite Travel Companion

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No your eyes do not deceive you.  There’s no travel vlog to see here, though I hope you find a nice surprise in its place.  If you’re new round these parts then WELCOME and for those who’ve been with me since way back it’s lovely to have you here again.  So let’s settle in, get comfy and take a trip or two back in time as I introduce you to my number one travel buddy.

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New Year, New Books

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At the beginning of last year I resolved, among other things, to read more and I’m happy to say it’s one of the few resolutions I’ve maintained long after the last embers of 2016 died out.  Now that 2017 has rolled around my love of books has only intensified and I thought I’d share some of the titles I’m looking forward to reading with you.

My most recent job has seen the last part of my commute home take place from London’s Waterloo station, which just so happens to have a Foyles book shop.  I often have around 20 minutes to spare between trains and the lure of this branch’s bookshelves is too much for me to resist.

Here are some spoils from my most recent inter-train haul.

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48 Hours in Bremen

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I booked my trip to Bremen on a whim thanks to irresistibly cheap return flights and was excited to explore a city I knew relatively little about.  I briefly googled before booking, just to make sure I wasn’t buying flights to an airport 100 miles from the city I wanted to visit – anyone who’s ever flown with Ryanair will know what I mean here.  After confirming the city centre was just a tram ride away from the airport I blocked out the dates in my calendar and began to get excited for mulled wines and exploring.

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Botanika – Das Grüne Science Center

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As a New Year dawns – (and I’ll bet I’m not the only one to be glad to see the back of 2016) – I’ve decided to take a look back at some of my most memorable adventures of the past 12 months. Let’s start with my most recent one – a solo trip to Bremen.  One place really stood out from the rest, making my trip all the more memorable and so I felt it earned a blog post all of its own.

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Book Club: Strange Weather in Tokyo

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I came across this book somewhere between an early morning writing class and a tube station near my old work.  I like to go to the class when my schedule and the stars align because it starts before the city wakes and ends in time for work.  I’d had a particularly good session and felt pretty inspired so when I spied a stand through the window of Foyles showcasing female authors I couldn’t resist sticking my head in.  And it was there that I found Strange Weather in Tokyo by Japanese author, Hiromi Kawakami.
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