Memories of Japan: Getting there with Finnair

Last month, I took my nephew to Tokyo for a week - a holiday I'd been looking forward to for months. He's only ten, so I had to travel to him to start our journey, which resulted in a rather convoluted journey to Japan. I first flew with @TheFrankFlyer to Edinburgh, then drove on to ...

When you experience “too much travel”

This week, I discovered there is such a thing as "too much travel"... I'm reflecting on it now, as I prepare to take my sixth flight of this week. On Monday, I set off from Tokyo, flying to Helsinki. Then, from Helsinki to London Heathrow, followed in quick succession by a flight to Edinburgh. The ...

A Dutch interlude

I'm sitting in Amsteram's Schiphol Airport, waiting for my flight back to London. I've been in the Netherlands since Wednesday, when I flew over for a conference.  Work-wise, it wasn't too bad. But I was a little sleep deprived (one night due to impressive thunder and lightning!) and survived off some pretty awful conference food. ...

A night in the Frank Sinatra Suite

I worked in Dublin on Thursday and Friday and spent Thursday night at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire, to the south of the city. I grew up in Dun Laoghaire, it's always nice to get back and spend some time by the sea. I had great plans to finish work early on Thursday ...

Sitges Pride, 2017

Well. That was an experience! Up until this month, I've associated Sitges with sleepy, relaxing afternoons on the beach and wandering through narrow streets hunting out decision Catalan nibbles. A very chilled out place. But spending a long weekend there during Pride was something very different! And if I'm honest, it was just what I ...

Catalan jalapeño madness

I spent Thursday and Friday working in Barcelona - a bit of a monthly routine for me and nothing out of the ordinary. But I did stay at a new (new to me, anyway) hotel and so was able to notice the little differences that make for a nice hotel stay.  Firstly, I had my own ...

Two months until Tokyo!

Yes! In just two short months, I'll be making my way for another visit to Tokyo. And this time, I'll have a new co-pilot: my ten-year-old nephew, Andrew. I'll be flying up to Edinburgh to pick him up and, after a weekend there, we'll fly to Amsterdam, from where we'll go to Tokyo, via Helsinki. ...

Some weekend brain exercise

This morning, I went to the first class in my new Japanese course at City Lit. I'm heading back to Tokyo in July and really want to be able to use more Japanese while I'm there. The little snatches I've picked up along the way over the last four years aren't really enough to get ...

Tan maintenance conundrum 

Having spent four days solid on the beach in Sitges last week, I picked up quite the tan. As in, every single person I’ve seen since I got back has been stunned at just how dark I’ve gone. I love lying in the sun. And it shows…     After a massive breakfast in the morning, ...