How not to be a giant loner when travelling alone

I have always thought of myself as a sociable person but when I went to Argentina by myself for three months earlier this year, I learnt that making instantaneous friends is not as easy as I thought it would be. Before I left, everyone had assured me that I would meet like-minded travellers and thatContinue reading “How not to be a giant loner when travelling alone”

Sunny Stockholm

I recently went to Stockholm with some friends and the trip involved several ‘firsts’ for me, including: 1) AirBnB: I had never stayed in this type of accommodation before. Airbnb.com website that connects people visiting a city to locals who have space in their apartment/house. Great news- we didn’t die! The apartment was centrally locatedContinue reading “Sunny Stockholm”

Edward Hayes Poem

Below is a beautiful poem that I found in my Granny’s cookbook after she died. This is not meant to be a depressing post but the poem is worth a look. I’ve edited is slightly to reflect the changes she made in her version: I leave my thoughts, my laughter, my dreams to you whomContinue reading “Edward Hayes Poem”

A brood of hens

With the hen party industry on the rise, Rowena Crowley goes to her first one to see what they are all about.  When you find yourself in fancy dress in the middle of the day, doing a painting of a nude male model and swilling another glass of prosecco, you can only be at a henContinue reading “A brood of hens”

Taste of London

When you find yourself devouring chocolate Malbec lamb gratinée followed closely by fois gras and truffle burger and then jasmine tea smoked ribs to finish off, you know that you have made it in life. Or alternatively, that you are at Taste of London. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the outdoor Taste ofContinue reading “Taste of London”

22 North Street, Clapham Old Town

Local bistro comes out on top It wasn’t an ideal venue for what was clearly a first date. The restaurant was empty except for the couple’s table and mine. As I sat waiting for my dining partner, it was impossible not to observe the awkward first date conversation that was taking place. Both rushed toContinue reading “22 North Street, Clapham Old Town”

Bath Travel Feature

I have a terrible confession. I’ve seen the films but I haven’t read the books. That said, as I squeezed myself into a corset at the Fashion museum in Bath, I was able to relate to Jane Austen. No wonder she wrote such scathing criticisms of society- she couldn’t breathe most of the time. HadContinue reading “Bath Travel Feature”

Weekend in Oxford

I went to Oxford for the first time this weekend. I feel I should dispel some common misconceptions; 1) A wand-wielding Daniel Radcliffe will not jump out at you even though you continually expect it 2) Oxford college is not one campus but instead is made up of colleges and accommodation that are dotted throughoutContinue reading “Weekend in Oxford”

Why worried parents mustn’t let tragic accidents stop the great gap-year adventure

Irish Independent When tragedies occur, such as the appalling bus crash in Ecuador which killed four young English students and their tour leader, it is only natural for parents to attach a stigma to the country where it happened and try to deter their child from travelling there. Alas, fatal accidents happen the world overContinue reading “Why worried parents mustn’t let tragic accidents stop the great gap-year adventure”

Brazil’s babe

Irish Independent Gisele Bündchen has just topped the Forbes list of supermodels. So what’s so special about Leonardo DiCaprio’s ex, asks Rowena Crowley It would appear that you need more than a pretty face to make it in the ultra-competitive world of modelling. Gisele Bündchen last week topped the Forbes list of 15 richest supermodels,Continue reading “Brazil’s babe”