Because of its geographical position, Latvia has always been interesting to a number of people. As a result, it's had many different rulers over the last 8 centuries. Partly due to this, Riga's architecture ranges from wooden buildings to Art Nouveau, and Modernism to Gothic - depending on which part of the city you're in. I expected the city to be pretty grey and very ex-Soviet, but was quickly corrected. It looked more like Paris, Vienna or some part of Scandinavia. The vibe of the city, the culture and its people seemed far more Northern European than I would have expected. Here’s what I did in my few days in Riga before I explored other parts of the country.
From the underground troglodyte dwellings in Matmata that were used as the film set for Star Wars, to the palm groves of Douz, to my first time camping in the Sahara Desert - this is the final instalment of my Tunisia series.
Follow my excitement as I went around London at night in November/December 2018 taking photographs of different Christmas lights, experimenting with long exposure photography. Most of it involved me huddled under an umbrella dodging the rain, and shivering while the tripod-mounted camera did its stuff. In the process I saw London, a city that I have lived in for 5 years, in a new light. Under a Christmas spell.
It is true that after a while, as memories slowly become hazy, you mostly remember how a place or people made you feel. The warmth I felt in Djerba is something I'll remember forever.
From discovering the soul of Sousse, commonly dismissed as just being a European package holiday destination of the past, to understanding what the local view point is on life post the 2011 revolution, to enjoying the slow life in Kairouan - Tunisia's Holy City and carpet making capital, here's Tunisia Part 2.
College Porters are some of the best people you'll find in the University of Cambridge. They play such a pivotal role in the lives of students. From being a friendly face, to overseeing fire drills, to providing security to the whole college, to helping fix things when it all goes wrong, to having change for a taxi when you've run out of cash - they're always there for you.
My two weeks in Tunisia left me with a lasting impression of the warmth of its people - where family ties are particularly strong. A country where a lot of emphasis has been placed on the status and equality of women - not particularly common in the Arab world. A country of greater tolerance and moderation than most of its surrounding neighbours, as the government doggedly pursued a secular political agenda since independence in 1956. A country where desertscapes and some architecture were so otherwordly, that it was deemed bizzare enough to be the set of many Star Wars films.
'Mir wëllebleiwewatmirsinn' means ‘we want to remain what we are’. This refers to Luxembourg’s history of ownership by foreign powers and their wish to remain independent now and in the future. The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg may be known for just being a hub for EU organisations and companies that are seeking to benefit from [...]
I waited with an impatient anticipation as we were landing in Jersey, to see what life was like in the Channel Islands. Would it be an extension of England? A little version of France, given it was just off the French coast? Or something completely different? Many people don't understand what status Jersey holds, myself [...]
The atmosphere in Luang Prabang for the most part was that of one big sleepy village. Having recently been in Bhutan, I loved this. Inhabited for thousands of years, it was the royal capital of the country until recently (1975). The whole town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, and you really do [...]