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Your Native English Just Won’t Be Good Enough

Your Native English Just Won’t Be Good Enough

When I first started travelling abroad I made a huge mistake that dramatically changed my quality of life. It’s all to do with being a native English speaker, but not being able to communicate. The problem is two-fold and it’s important. If you are going on holiday to “Europe” then you should think about whether it’s worth learning a few phrases in the language of the country(ies) you are going to. If not, then it will definitely be worth thinking…

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We Will Rock You – Skalne Miasto and Bastei in a day

We Will Rock You – Skalne Miasto and Bastei in a day

“It’s only three hours from Berlin…this is an experience we’re never going to forget, just take it all in”. (Overheard American tourists) We spent our pre-easter weekend between a rock city and a hard place, Skalne Miasto (Czech Republic) and Bastei (Germany). Two of the more unique places that we’ve seen in Europe, not just in terms of there being very few things like it, but just in the movie-perfect scenery that’s available. There is also another attraction close-by called¬†…

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How to survive your first trip on the London Underground

How to survive your first trip on the London Underground

The London Underground, normally just called “the tube”, is normally a nightmare for tourists. As a native Londoner it has never really confused or worried me, I’ve spent quite a lot of my life underground by this point in time, but for those who are not ready for it, it can be a horrible and crazy experience. Most people think of the tube as a unique and special place, but we need to make sure that you don’t think that…

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New Years in Paris, is it worth it?

New Years in Paris, is it worth it?

Paris has got quite the reputation for itself. The city of love, culture and cuisine. All of these things are summed up best on one specific night of the year – New Year’s eve.¬†Now, having finally experienced New Year’s eve in several different places around the world, I feel that I am suitably qualified to comment on whether it is actually worth going to the world’s most romantic city on the world’s most romantic day. It is, without doubt, a…

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Scotland Part 3 -Wildlings

Scotland Part 3 -Wildlings

Scotland is pretty mystical, and nowhere more so than the Isle of Skye. This is probably one of the places that everyone has already been to or wants to go to at some point in time and I could see why. I’d heard about the fairy pools for a long time, and had seen some pretty amazing pictures of what looked like big waterfalls with an epic Lord of the Rings style mountain in the background. We knew that it…

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Scotland Part 2 -North of the Wall

Scotland Part 2 -North of the Wall

European cities don’t usually have much of an effect on me anymore, they are all very nice and very pretty (for the most part), but even Florence didn’t seem to make me go “wow” like so many people said that it would…although that’s perhaps because I’m some uncultured heathen. Edinburgh, however, was truly great. We were there at the same time as the Fringe. Although we didn’t have time to go and actually see any of the acts that were…

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Scotland Part 1 – We’re going to build a great wall

Scotland Part 1 – We’re going to build a great wall

One of the things that I think most of us are guilty of, “travellers” or not, is not exploring your own country. Yes, it isn’t as romantic as jetting off into the sunset to visit some far-flung part of the world, but often you can find the things that you are looking for just next door. That is very much the case with this trip. When I was living in the UK I hardly did any of the so-called “touristy”…

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