Backpacking in England: Exploring the City of Sunderland

North East England is a pleasant surprise for the backpacking nomad. After crossing the border from Scotland (where I backpacked through Edinburgh , tried haggis and stayed in the trendy Baxter hostel), most backpackers get their fix of Hadrian’s Wall, the city of Newcastle and then head to York. Something in that itinerary was missing – Read more about Backpacking in England: Exploring the City of Sunderland[…]

Top 12 Travel Highlights of 2014

I’m pretty busy at the moment trying to go through all my unwritten posts, but it’s still nice to reflect on a top 12 travel moments of the year – something I did a similar post on in 2012 and 2013. This year I started off in Iraq on New Year’s Day and I have Read more about Top 12 Travel Highlights of 2014[…]

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Thirsty Thursdays: The 20 Year Paddy Campbell Reunion in The Bridge Tavern, Newcastle, England

“That’s why, you should keep on aiming high, just seek yourself and you will shine.” – Heather Small, 1994 This particular edition of Thirsty Thursdays will be a slightly stripped down version for you all – I’m saving a lot of the good stuff for the Don’t Stop Living book. A quick paragraph of perspective Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: The 20 Year Paddy Campbell Reunion in The Bridge Tavern, Newcastle, England[…]

Staying at the Doxford Hall Hotel and Spa, Northumberland, England

Conjuring up images of English countryside is something we do as children. Wide open spaces, gorgeous forests, winter walks, howling wind and typical English mansions. I wasn’t thinking of my teenage years reading Mansfield Park and watching Poirot and Jonathan Creek. While they had their fair share of English mansions, I wanted some relaxation for Read more about Staying at the Doxford Hall Hotel and Spa, Northumberland, England[…]

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