Reading Week Saw Less Reading than Planned

Okay, actually, I probably got most of what I had planned to do this week done and that which is still to do will most likely be completed on the plane home. I'm writing this at quite the pace while waiting to board so please do excuse any typos and general nonsense. So, if you [...]


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day is a love/hate day for me, as I think it is for a lot of people. I hate the fact that it implies you must declare your love in a material fashion on this one day. I hate the fact that it focuses on romantic love. I hate the fact it has a [...]

January January January

I think it's fair to say that January and I generally don't get on. To be honest, I'm not sure if many people really do like this month. Anyone? Christmas is over which is just sad. Various money pressures are around (why does tax season come right after major spending season?) and no matter how [...]


That ‘Compulsory’ New Year Post

Well, well, well, it's been a funny old year, hasn't it? Actually, looking back on how much has happened in the past year is quite strange. A year ago I was entering into my final semester at AUC with a lot of excitement and not a little trepidation! The next few months were spent with [...]


December in Dutchland

The fact that I was to be spending ten days in the Netherlands in December was something that I had been looking forward to for quite some time. These flying visits have been brilliant but to have enough time to actually see people and take things at a bit more relaxed pace... now that would [...]


Dickens Festival

I had been aware of the Dickens Festival in Deventer for the majority of my time living in The Netherlands. I had even planned to visit it with Aimee when she was over last year although, for obvious reasons this didn't actually happen. When booking my trip over this December I quite deliberately extended it [...]


A True Midwinter Fair

If asked, and forced to give an answer, what my favourite festival is I will reliably answer that it is The Midwinter Fair, held at Archeon in Alphen aan den Rijn. It's always so cosy and yet so much fun at the same time. Even though it tends to feel a bit disorganised in the [...]