Category: Life

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. ...

At least I have a diagnosis!

Regular readers will be familiar with my frequent complaints about poor sleep, insomnia, and general sleepiness. Well today, I finally got to do something about it. Despite my sleep patterns being all screwed up by my epilepsy, anti-epileptic medication and the stress that comes with both, I knew myself that my sleep was far from ...

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, ...

Dinner at L’Avinyet, Sitges

Yesterday, after a long and relaxing day on the beach at Platja dels Balmins, we headed into central Sitges for drinks and dinner. We had a couple of drinks - and some excellent people-watching - sitting outside Parrots, then moved on to my favourite eatery here in Sitges: L'Avinyet. I discovered it last year with ...

Fairweather nudist tendencies

I've just spent a fantastic five hours lying in the sun at Platja dels Balmins, the beach next door to our hotel here in Sitges. It was bliss. Aside from the uninterrupted sunshine and the light, cooling breeze, I think it was the most civilised beach I've been to.  Reflecting on it as I packed ...

Sitges sunshine

I'm once again in my favourite corner of Spain: Sitges.  I've already written about why I like it, but today capped it all. After getting off our flight from Mallorca in Barcelona, we were out of the airport and on our way in a taxi in record time. Despite our flight being more like a ...

Watching the Mallorcan sunset

After a lovely dinner at Puerta Portals yesterday evening, we headed black to Frank's parents' place for a glass of champagne to celebrate his birthday.  Their apartment has phenomenal views over all of Santa Ponça, but especially the beach and the bay. I got clicking from their balcony and continued on our way home later.  ...

Pensioners behaving disgracefully

The serene and calming photo accompanying this post does little to convey the pensioner-related carnage I witnessed shortly after it was taken.  We're now in Mallorca, having enjoyed an excellent few days in Orihuela Costa, north of Murcia.  We're in a hotel in the much-derided (and rightly so) Santa Ponça, which is truly awful at ...