The growth of the vegetarian movement is astonishing. Twenty years ago, the word was virtually unknown, so when it was announced you were vegetarian, the barrage of questions seemed unending… foreign? Not any longer. Strange how much things change in a short 20 years. [Read more...]
Stress blows problems out of all proportion, especially when you are nineteen and you’re currently attending University. [Read more...]
Finland. The frozen wasteland of the north nestled between Russia and Sweden. Home to Santa Claus and reindeer and the withdrawn, socially reclusive, silent Finns.
That’s the general misconception about Finland. Yes, it’s a Nordic country rubbing shoulders with Sweden and Russia, and Santa Claus does in fact have an entire village dedicated to him in the Arctic circle city of Rovaniemi complete with a herd of reindeer. But, though the Finns may come across reserved at first, give them a shot or two (more like ten) of kossu (the colloquial term for the Finnish vodka Koskenkorva) and you’ll see a whole other side to these people. [Read more...]
I must admit it. I like food! One might say it is my preferred heuristic device for exploring new places.
When I first visited Romania, I was really curious about what this small country had to offer in the field of gastronomy. Back in Greece, I was accustomed to various dishes, and you may know that Greeks love to eat.
With the number of vegetarians in the world increasing, to the tune of 10 percent per year – due to the realization that lifestyle is more beneficial in sustaining health, longevity and prevention of disease, it comes as no surprise that in most parts of the world, finding a good vegetarian eatery is not as challenging as one might think. [Read more...]
Moving to a new country is no small task. That is especially true when you move to a large international city like London. While the move may seem daunting at first, there are some simple steps you can take to make the process go smoothly. [Read more...]
Crime isn’t one of the most important issues in Denmark. It is a relatively safe country, and the crime that does happen is generally non-violent in nature, however, it’s simply a fact that crime levels in the capital, Copenhagen, have been going up in the last few years. In particular, street crime, robbery and sexual abuse. [Read more...]
Hailing from Johannesburg, South Africa where an ‘extreme’ winter involves frost on the grass and a maximum temperature that dares to dip into the lower double digits (Celsius), I’ve always been attracted to the snowy wastelands of northern climes. Snow was a novelty, a white Christmas something only seen in the movies and 4 hours of sunlight a day ludicrous and inconceivable. [Read more...]
As I found myself on a plane headed towards Romania, I must admit that I felt terrified. I was moving away from my home, sunny Greece, into a new, unexplored place, a strange country, with vampire myths, and bizarre traditions. [Read more...]
I’ve lived most of my life as an ‘expat’, the majority of that time in Spain, that eternal haven for the well (and not so well) off who flock here every year, mostly from the frozen climes of Northern Europe, seeking paradise in the sun.
One part of the Spanish lifestyle which is almost unknown in more temperate zones is the ‘siesta’, the idea of shutting up the shop, factory, office or whatever and (sometimes) going off to sleep. At first it can be irritating but you’ll soon get used to it and even enjoy it.
Truthfully, most Spaniards have little more than a nap after a long, leisurely and often wine-accompanied lunch, sometimes with ‘mama y papa y todo la familia), sometimes with a sandwich in the park, sometimes with a six course banquet!