Category: Travel

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 ...

So long, Tokyo

I'm sitting on a Finnair A350, somewhere over Russia, on my way home from Tokyo. I'll get back to London after a transfer in Helsinki and then a brief stop off in Edinburgh to drop off my travelling companion: my 10 year old nephew, Andrew.I've done zero blogging while away, for a couple of reasons. ...

Tokyo: this isn’t the weather I ordered!

I arrive in Tokyo first thing next Tuesday morning for a holiday with my nephew. While I'm as excited as a toddler at Christmas at the prospect of being back in Japan, a quick look at the long range forecast just now was a bit of a downer. I knew it was going to be ...

One week until Japan!

In just one week, I'll be setting off on my next visit to Japan! But it'll take me a while to get there, as I'm going on a rather roundabout route to get there. As I'm taking my ten year old nephew with me, I need to fly to Edinburgh first to pick him up. ...

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 ...