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Europe

My Top 17 Best Barcelona Experiences

Tonight I celebrate a year in Barcelona, and while I realise this post isn’t going to do wonders for my Google rankings once people realise it’s not about the likes of La Rambla or the Sagrada Familia, I wanted to write something a bit more personal about my time in Barcelona – a few nights, highlights, never to be repeated … Continue reading »

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The Best Burger & Beer Joints in Barcelona

Back in July it was the Ruta Burger here in Barcelona, at which point my amigo Audric announced, “I hereby declare this week, Burger Week!” …and we’ve been living in Burger Week ever since. There’s a lot of “best burgers in Barcelona” articles floating around the net, but there’s also a lot of palm-greasing and favouritism in the … Continue reading »

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Where to Find the Best Craft Beer in Barcelona

I know. I’ve been living in Barcelona for ten months now and it’s taken me this long to share my favourite places to go for a good beer. In my defence though, you can’t just go around writing posts like “Top 5 Craft Beer Bars in Barcelona” until you’ve sampled all the other craft beer bars in Barcelona, … Continue reading »

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My Top 5 Best London Craft Beer Breweries

Obviously, narrowing all the craft breweries in London down to a top five was an almost impossible task and has taken a lot of thought, consideration and, of course, sampling. Also, as the craft brewers of London are in a constant state of experimentation and development, this list will change from year to year, if not … Continue reading »

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Eastbourne Beer Festival: A Drunken Write-up

It’s funny how, after everything, I’m still standing here alone on this windy carriageway waiting for the 51 bus to Eastbourne. But some things do change, as I soon found out after leaping out in front of the bus – which promptly screeched to a halt in the middle of the dual carriageway – and getting an earful from the driver … Continue reading »

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Stumbling into the Budapest International Wine Festival, Hungary

A while back, travelling Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, we had ourselves a Budapest city break of sorts. We’d heard the Castle District (Várnegyed) was nice (and free) so we went up there…only to discover that for some reason you had to pay to get into the compound…and then that this included a wine glass, a handy … Continue reading »

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Florence Nightlife Guide

The night before I flew to Italy I happened to meet a girl from Florence. When I asked her where I should go to drink, she thought for a second then said, “it’s funny, all the time I lived in Florence we always liked to go to the Irish and English pubs.” It’s true, Florence is saturated … Continue reading »

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Drink, Drugs & the War on Reason

‘Man, being reasonable, must get drunk’ (Byron, 2005 [1819]) The legacies of the Enlightenment can be seen at work in almost every facet of contemporary culture. The emphasis placed on reason, during that period of history, has been integral to the development of notions such as freedom, liberty and truth, which in turn have formed … Continue reading »

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How to Get to Heaven: San Marino, City in the Clouds

Having failed to find God in Vatican City, it was with some surprise that I came across him on a mountain road in San Marino. While Vatican is the world’s smallest country, lesser known San Marino is the world’s third smallest country, and if you want to be picky, the world’s smallest “constitutional republic” (read, … Continue reading »

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Boyz 2 Men: Coming of Age in Hamburg’s Reeperbahn

When I turned 18, my best friend Adam and I decided to ditch college for a week and take off somewhere. It has been a highly debated issue whether we knew before we booked that we were going to be staying smack bang in the middle of Europe’s second largest red light district (after Amsterdam, … Continue reading »

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