THE JOURNEY A number of circumstances had led to me being fairly sleep deprived by the time I stepped on the plane to Hong Kong. The flight passed by like a dream, where events felt real while in progress and then immediately stopped making sense. I watched two films that I can’t quite remember. I […]

What should you do when your neighbour’s car alarm goes off at 2am? Take the duvet cover off, of course. This made so much sense to me in my half-sleeping state, and I did it with such self-assuredness that Fede started to think it was a good idea as well. At the time, I knew […]

I woke up with a headache that made my entire body throb. Being the stoic (ha) heroin (haha) that I am, I swallowed some painkillers and we were off to Potsdam. We got our first real sunshine that day, and the gardens and palaces were certainly grand and beautiful but I was unable to enjoy […]

Aside from the outrageously liberal use of the term ‘gate’, our second day in Berlin went without a hitch. In order to introduce Fede to Berlin’s delights, we explored it on foot, stopping whenever something caught our fancy. Some things have changed for the better, some for the worse, but I enjoyed seeing the place […]

A perfunctory web search (because, let’s face it, that’s the only kind of web search anyone could muster on this topic) will tell you that a gate is 1) ‘a hinged barrier used to close an opening in a wall, fence or hedge’ or 2) ‘a doorway, entrance or exit.’  If we take the first […]

Did you know that women who work in the perfume department at Harrods have a 360 degree inspection before they are allowed the privilege of selling over-priced products to over-rich customers? If they have so much as a kink in their hair or an eyelash out of place, it will be rectified for them. Those who […]

I ate food yesterday! That may not sound like a big deal to you, but it was my first real food in 3 days. Panzanella, spinach and ricotta gnudi with a parmesan basket, fresh pasta with pesto and pannacotta with strawberry sauce: these are the dishes that I learned how to make in a cooking […]