A Delightful Day At Downton Abbey

A day at Highclere Castle, aka Downton Abbey …

This is one of the most enjoyable touristy things I’ve ever done. It was Saturday 8th of September that we visited Highclere Castle as part of their “Heroes At Highclere” commemoration. 

The purpose of this event was to mark the centenary closing stages of the First World War. 

Highclere Castle played its own role during the four gruelling years of the war when it was transformed into the hospital by Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon.  Read More


Free Yourself From The Handbag!

Hello designer backpack, goodbye handbags!

A few years ago while walking the steep pathway up through Mont Saint-Michel in France, my handbag was weighing heavily on my shoulder. Every few minutes I swapped arms but it was really getting me down. So when I spotted a backpack in one of the tourists shops I whipped out my purse and claimed it. Read More

Outside My Cultural Comfort Zone

What started out as quick errand to make an appointment for waxing … ended up as lunch!

I only planned to pop out for a few minutes to go and make an appointment with the beautician for ‘depilación de pubis’ (they tell it like it is here, literal translation ‘waxing of the pubes’), but instead I ended up with a ‘menú del día’ lunch for one.

It was 2pm; I should have known better. There was no way I was going to find the beautician or any other business open at this time of day. It’s Spanish lunch time, the most important meal of the day, and everyone closes up shop.  Read More

A Look Inside Our Expat Life In Spain

Finally a place to call home in Spain

After looking for a place to call home in Europe for months, Jon and I finally settled into our own place in a village called Sant Hilari Sacalm in June. We’ve been here four months now and we are absolutely love it!

Sant Hilari Sacalm is located thirty minutes west of Girona Airport in northern Spain, up in the mountains at an elevation of 800 feet. Once of my favourite things about living here is actually the drive home towards these beautiful mountains that look like a cluster of pyramids on the approach.

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24-Hours In Copenhagen

Three bicycles for every person in Copenhagen!

How interesting is this … there are two bicycles for every person in Copenhagen, which kind of explains why nobody chains up their bikes! Actually I really enjoyed seeing so many beautiful bicycles parked up all over the place unrestrained 🙂 To me it gave the city a feeling of safety and trust.

Copenhagen reminded me of Amsterdam with its water canals, bicycle friendliness, and the smell of hash periodically wafting through the air. In Copenhagen architecturally innovative buildings exist alongside beautifully decorated historical buildings without looking out of place.

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