Trippy visions or ceremonial practice?

When tobacco was first discovered by European voyagers in the sixteenth century, it provoked moral outrage at the prospect of a diabolic herb perforating its way into European society.  It was used in Mesoamerican cultures for medicinal and spiritual benefits.  As the tobacco plant was hotly debated amongst Europeans, its slow incorporation into western value…

A world-class Coffee Culture

Full article published in Northern Woman Magazine, September 2019. The specialty coffee sector is one that has taken the world by storm, and the story is no different in Northern Ireland. The number of Belfast coffee shops has increased by a third in two years, supporting the demand for an independent coffee culture. You only…

Saying Goodbye to Summer

How are we through August already? Summer is drawing to a close and the much-anticipated bank holiday weekend is upon us – meaning my countdown for moving abroad is ticking (7 days!!). I plan on making the most of my remaining time in Northern Ireland. Here’s my top 5 places to visit in NI this…

Menorca

Full article published in Northern Woman Magazine, September 2019. The Mediterranean’s Hidden Gem Menorca is often undermined by its neighbours, Mallorca and Ibiza. Traditionally a lot more low-key than the other Balearic Islands, Menorca is known for its sheer natural beauty, secluded coves and turquoise-tinted waters. Thanks to the relaxed atmosphere that rolls throughout the…

In conversation with Madlug

I had the pleasure of interviewing the founder of Madlug bags, and I am touched after hearing how this outstanding Northern Irish brand helps kids in care.

A winter escape to Malaga, Spain

The ongoing post-exam slump in a dark and dreary Manchester needed a solution.  I’m always searching for an excuse to travel, so I went to Malaga, in the hope that some winter sun would alleviate my self-diagnosed Seasonal Affective Disorder.  The cultural heart of Malaga is the perfect size to explore during a spontaneous weekend…

The Story behind The Warehouse Project

Established in 2006, The Warehouse Project’s founders Sacha Lord-Marchionne and Sam Kandel set out to create a unique event that was “more than any normal club night.”  Influenced by acid house events, and a desire to continue Sankeys and Haçienda’s legacy in Manchester, this article is an exploration of WHP philosophy, its aesthetics and how…

Ljubljana for the budget traveller

Could Ljubljana be the new city break spot for students?  One of the world’s smallest capital cities, the Slovenian capital is Europe’s hidden gem, Ljubljana’s underrated beauty needs to be discovered!  Budget travels, quirkiness and an abundance of alternative culture awaits. In 2016 Ljubljana was named the European Green Capital and it is clear to…

«Grâce au camp»: reflections as a monitrice / counsellor: July Camp

Camp Ouareau is situated in the north of Québec, around 2 hours from Montréal.  Established in 1922, it is an all-girls camp in a French/ English bilingual setting. Strong Ouareau tradition has run through families for generations, proudly producing “Ouareau girls” across Canada and across the world.    Is it what I expected? No matter…

The start of my Canadian adventure…

Bonjour à tous! I’m writing this post on the bus from Montréal to Sainte-Agathe des Monts. My blog over the next 10 weeks will be a means of documenting my Canadian adventure, working as a Camp counsellor at a bilingual summer camp in Quebec. This is my first time travelling alone somewhere so far from…