Let them eat cake!

Let them eat cake!

“This is ridiculous.” “This, madame, is Versailles.” The interaction between Marie-Antoinette and the Comtesse de Noailles upon the former’s arrival at the palace is essentially the only aspect of Sofia Coppola’s film that was spot on – Versailles is indeed ridiculous. With it’s 2,153 windows – whose number seems at once an inappropriate judge and … Continue reading

Does pleather count?

Does pleather count?

Just over two weeks ago, I celebrated my third anniversary of living in Brussels. Wait, come to think of it, ‘celebrated’ may be a bit strong of a word as I didn’t receive any traditional leather presents and actually decided to run away to London and Dublin rather than spend another day in this sunless … Continue reading

London calling!

London calling!

My first trip to London left me with one impression – it’s New York, with a fancy accent (fancy because well, it’s exotic compared to what I was accustomed to in the city). Round two was filled with sunshine and butterflies, partially because of a a bleak spring in Brussels, and thus perfect, but it … Continue reading

Rah, rah, Ra-mallah

Rah, rah, Ra-mallah

– Skirt? Only if it’s to the floor. – Pants? Only if they’re baggy. – Oxford? Only if it’s buttoned all the way. That’s pretty much how my packing conversation with the boyfriend went before I headed off to Palestine. With my wardrobe apparently filled with the too short, too tight, and too colourful, I … Continue reading

Make hummus not walls

Make hummus not walls

Bethlehem is a brisk two hour walk from Jerusalem, or at least so tells me wikitravel as clearly this is not the way to get from Point A to Point B as long as Point A is in Israel and Point B in Palestine. Sadly, travel is not the only thing impacted by the aggression … Continue reading

Mazel tov!

Mazel tov!

I have heard many stories about Israel. Some loved the Promised Land, others were ambivalent and others still could not get over the irony of the Holy Land as a site for so much bloodshed. Not one to go by what others say – though secretly excited for some ridiculous travel stories of my own … Continue reading

Krak’s many hurrahs

Krak’s many hurrahs

Not just because I grew up in a Krakow-centric household, not just because it was my favourite place to have been a student, not just because there are festivals for every taste and occasion – no, I love Krakow because it has an atmosphere like no other place I have ever lived in or visited. … Continue reading

Comfort versus culture

Comfort versus culture

Though I’ve never been a fan of resorts, all-inclusive holidays or cruises (albeit admittedly I have never actually partaken in anything more than a very long ferry), while in Puerto Rico I became convinced that these types of holidays will never be for me, at least not until I am finally eligible for a European … Continue reading

Yo quiero tapas!

Yo quiero tapas!

I have been in Spain several times. The first time, in Barcelona, my friend and I were mugged while walking down La Rambla. Goodbye two weeks worth of spring break photos! But since we got away relatively unscathed (at least if we don’t count the massive open wound to our travel budget), we decided it … Continue reading

Paris is always a good idea

Paris is always a good idea

There is something in the air in Paris. The moment I step off the train at Gare du Nord, I feel an urge to skip. Everywhere I look there is something that catches my fancy. A skateboarder chatting on his mobile while craftily balancing three baguettes under his arm, cafes full of people watchers, beautiful architecture – … Continue reading