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El Camino de Santiago: I’m Walking ‘The Way’ Across Spain

Over Christmas, my friend announced that she’s planning to run the London marathon in April. She’s running for a cause important to both of us: her mum passed away from breast cancer three years ago, the same cancer that took my own mum. My first thought was extreme respect – running for 26 miles straight is no […]

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Travelling in 2012: A Photographic Roundup

It’s been an odd twelve months. I knew this year would involve a lot of travel, but I didn’t count on quite so much. This time last year, I was mainly blogging for my friends and family; now, I feel like I’m writing for a much bigger audience. And three continents and ten countries later, […]

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Palafrugell Spain hotel

Stranded and Starving in a Four Star Hotel

When the TBEX conference and its accompanying blog trips finally ended, a part of me was dreading what came next. For most of September I’d enjoyed glamorous parties on beaches and in castles, star catering from the best restaurants, and more wine than my liver knew what to do with. Surely I wasn’t being forced […]

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Langoustines and Polylinguists: Turning Up the Heat in Girona

I’m ashamed to say that when I think of a Spaniard, I immediately think of the Mediterranean machismo type in a stretchy speedo, slinking around the sun drenched beaches of the Costa del Sol. And yet, two days after the TBEX conference was over, I found myself in a Catalan food market watching a head chef kissing a fish on its icy nose…

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Takeaways from TBEX

We stood, panting slightly, looking out over the pristine valley. Far off in the distance, I could just make out Girona’s cathedral spire, nestled in amongst the tree tops. “Just breathe it in. Peace, quiet…” An all too familiar beeping sound interrupted the silence. “…and Whatsapp.” Behind me, three different phones were pulled swiftly from […]

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The Besalu Bloghouse

Being a bush “Which is when I said to the others, ‘We have to have Flora in the blog house! She’s like a great big bush of potential!’” Kate and I sat in the airy, leather chaired board room of our luxury Spanish villa. Through the open door came sounds of laughter and the clink […]

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