Gluten Free Prague

on February 4, 2017

In the city where beer is cheaper than water, what is a gluten free girl to do?

Long story short, I ate well in Prague, but it wasn’t without effort. Unlike other cities I’ve visited (such as Marrakech), you can’t just pop into any restaurant and rely on the menu’s naturally gluten free options. They don’t exist!  The traditional Czech dishes revolve around beer, dumplings, and meat that’s either fried or swimming in an ale-infused, flour-thickened sauce. You’ll be hard pressed finding a salad in Prague.

So if you’re gluten free and going to Prague, you’ll need a plan and I’m here to help! Below I’ll tell you the best gluten free options for traditional Czech food, non-Czech food, cafés and bakeries, and miscellaneous advice/what NOT to do. Continue reading

5 Prague Outtakes

on February 1, 2017

If you follow my new instagram, you’ll be familiar with the saga that was my recent weekend trip to Prague. The short story: I am a WALKING DISASTER. For the long story, read on… I’ll be taking you a bit “behind the scenes” into the ups and downs of our weekend with 5 Prague outtakes.  Continue reading

January 2017 | Recap

on January 28, 2017

Wow – how weird to be writing “2017” in this post title! Partly because WHAT how is it already 2017, and partly because I’ve now been doing these recap posts for a year! So I figure I have to differentiate from last year’s “January | Recap” post! Continue reading

I’m Going to Prague! Help!

on January 25, 2017

Happy Wednesday, friends! I’m happy to announce that I will be heading to PRAGUE shortly! So expect lots of castle/snow/(hopefully) gluten free beer photos soon. I’m so excited to expand my experience of Europe – I’ve been to a lot of the Western European countries (UK, France, Italy, Spain) quite a few times, and never even been to Eastern Europe once!

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7 Things I’ve Been Doing for my Wellbeing Lately

on January 22, 2017

Traveling is something that makes me happy, that improves my wellbeing. But what happens when I’m not able to travel? I’m a full-time Masters student. I definitely can’t travel full-time as well. That’s one reason I try hard to find new things to do in daily life – new walks, new Cornish villages, even new recipes or pubs. This month, as I’ve been hard-hit by essay deadlines, an extra neuroscience class on top of my normal class load, inauguration stress, etc., I’ve tried to make my wellbeing a real focus. (That’s what January is for, right???)

Here are some of the things I’ve been trying out this month… Continue reading

The Expat Who Saw La La Land

on January 18, 2017

Last week, like seemingly everyone else in the world, I saw La La Land. I did the rainy, cobblestone walk downtown with two of my best friends in this city. I snuggled down into the old, springy seats of our city’s old fashioned cinema, my orange soda and popcorn in hand. (The popcorn in this country isn’t quite the same – it’s rounder and harder and sweet and all-around healthier tasting, which is bizarre). For me, going to the movies is a tradition – the smell, the darkening lights, the velvet seats, and crunching popcorn, the rolling credits (I always, always wait ’til the end…hence a few awkward first dates). Continue reading

2017 Travel Plans

on January 14, 2017

You know how sometimes you try to smash out your work, write that research paper, answer all those emails…and then you end up in your pajamas at 6pm eating Dominos and watching The Bachelor?

Yeah, that’s kinda how this blog post is gonna go.

I wasn’t planning on doing one of those “2017 Travel Plans!” posts, mainly because things never go to plan. Last year I ended up in Norway because of three girls I didn’t even know at the beginning of the year! Same thing with Morocco, I had 0 inkling I would fall in love with that country in 2016.

So bearing that in mind, here are my 2017 travel plans….the concrete and the less than concrete. Continue reading

Oops, My American is Showing… (feat. Bomb Squad)

on January 11, 2017

Yesterday on the commute back from class, I found myself sitting on a double-decker bus, watching a Royal Navy bomb squad disassemble eight grenades 300 meters from the roundabout we were stuck in.

Eight unexploded bombs were found during road works on Plymouth’s most central road.

Eight!! Unexploded!! Bombs!! Continue reading

10 Things I Did For the First Time in 2016

on January 7, 2017

Everyone has been going on about how 2016 was the crappiest year ever. And I get it. But here’s the thing. A year is an arbitrary measurement of time. All it marks is that the planet was pretty much in this same spot in space 365 days ago. But the same is true of any day!! On October 25, it will be a year since the previous October 25, but who cares??? 2016, as a measurement, is not special. Things change because PEOPLE change, and people don’t change just because the calendar now has a “7” instead of a “6”.  Continue reading

Michelle the Airline Representative as the Allegory of 2017

on January 2, 2017

I was gonna tell y’all about all the wonderful places I’m hoping to travel in 2017. The places I’ve booked, planning to book, just dreaming of…

But things don’t always go according to plan. That’s something these last few weeks have taught me. Sometimes we get sick, someone else gets sick, you get a terrible phone call, there’s a storm, a pin drops and then a million miles away, you don’t get where you were planning on going. Continue reading