Ferry from Barcelona to Rome

A Decadent Way To Travel: From Barcelona to Rome by Boat

Last night I boarded the Grimaldi Barcelona to Rome ferry which leaves from the port at the end of La Rambla in Barcelona heading to Civitavecchia, a place about 45 minutes outside Rome. When I say ferry, really I mean a small crusie (think I’ve picked up the last leg of a holiday cruise which, for the price is not… Read more →

With low-cost flights and decent trains, it's rare to go slower by boat but the Barcelona to Rome ferry is a very decadent and indulgent way to travel.... Read more →

Barcelona – The Summer of Love is Over

It is an end of an era – ok, only 5 days but it feels like a short lifetime. But in a good way. How do I even begin to describe the Barcelona Dreams hostel on La Rambla other than to say it seems closer to a free loving commune than a hostel with a mix of Scrivens thrown in…. Read more →

It is an end of an era – ok, only 5 days but it feels like a short lifetime. But in a good way. How do I even begin to describe the Barcelona Dreams hostel on La Rambla other than to say it seems closer to a free loving commune than a hostel with a mix of Scrivens thrown in…. Read more →

All you Need in Life is an iPhone and McDonalds

All you Need in Life is an iPhone and McDonalds

I arrived in Barcelona two days ago and I am loving the city – even more than Madrid. And this time, unlike Madrid, I decided I wouldn’t fly solo without guidebook or language guide, so I bought both at the airport. I was so busy patting myself on the back for my smart thinking that I didn’t spot the hic-up… Read more →

I arrived in Barcelona two days ago and I am loving the city – even more than Madrid. And this time, unlike Madrid, I decided I wouldn’t fly solo without guidebook or language guide, so I bought both at the airport. I was so busy patting myself on the back for my smart thinking that I didn’t spot the hic-up… Read more →

International Relations at Risk

So, being very pleased at myself for having arrived in one piece and without having been relieved of my possessions (I could only wish someone would lighten the load), things went a little down hill. Flumoxed by the language and quickly realising I was in tapas land and living on a budget, I decided to brave a local, backstreet taperia… Read more →

So, being very pleased at myself for having arrived in one piece and without having been relieved of my possessions (I could only wish someone would lighten the load), things went a little down hill. Flumoxed by the language and quickly realising I was in tapas land and living on a budget, I decided to brave a local, backstreet taperia… Read more →

I’ve Arrived

Well, I have survived the first leg of my journey, including negotiating the Metro in madrid with my biggus bagus (my Spanish is coming on a treat!). The whole ´public transport´and arriving at an airport was new to me and I had to force myself away from the taxi rank, but I did it – how else will I afford… Read more →

Well, I have survived the first leg of my journey, including negotiating the Metro in madrid with my biggus bagus (my Spanish is coming on a treat!). The whole ´public transport´and arriving at an airport was new to me and I had to force myself away from the taxi rank, but I did it – how else will I afford… Read more →

Christmas Comes Early

Thirteen boxes of anti-malarial pills. It might not sound like a lot but in total they equate to almost half of my rucksack (new house). So, I’ve spent the last half hour pushing pills through their little foil casing to redistribute them into one of those much smaller brown pill bottles. (I’m told this will not get me into trouble… Read more →

Thirteen boxes of anti-malarial pills. It might not sound like a lot but in total they equate to almost half of my rucksack (new house). So, I’ve spent the last half hour pushing pills through their little foil casing to redistribute them into one of those much smaller brown pill bottles. (I’m told this will not get me into trouble… Read more →

Officially Homeless - What now?

Officially Homeless – What now?

September 2010: 17 Days Until the Big Trip I’ve handed over the keys and I’m now without home. I had a moments panic – what the hell now. No job, no home…so I did what I always do in moments of uncertainty. I headed to the pub. No, not for booze, it was only 10:30am which is too early even… Read more →

September 2010: 17 Days Until the Big Trip I’ve handed over the keys and I’m now without home. I had a moments panic – what the hell now. No job, no home…so I did what I always do in moments of uncertainty. I headed to the pub. No, not for booze, it was only 10:30am which is too early even… Read more →

Bionic Woman – Not!

I have flu like symptoms and can’t decide whether it is just a seasonal bug or a hint of something more exotic – rabies, typhoid? I went for a further round of shots today and despite having a temperature, my ‘compressed schedule’ for jabs doesn’t allow me the luxury of heeding the advice to avoid vaccination if you’re not well… Read more →

I have flu like symptoms and can’t decide whether it is just a seasonal bug or a hint of something more exotic – rabies, typhoid? I went for a further round of shots today and despite having a temperature, my ‘compressed schedule’ for jabs doesn’t allow me the luxury of heeding the advice to avoid vaccination if you’re not well… Read more →