It is the year 2012. I have just successfully completed a trip to Beijing, China, with my class, at last crowning the dream which had originally pushed me to decide to study Mandarin Chinese in High School in the first place. Souvenirs tucked into my suitcase and a fun holiday behind me, I realise that … Continue reading STORY TIME: the time I accidentally got a Chinese pen pal.
Recently I came across a very interesting TED Talk given by Ricardo Semler, Semco Partners CEO and radical innovator. In the speech, he talked about his so-called 'terminal days', a name he gave to the days of the week where he did all the things he would do if he was told he only had … Continue reading WHY YOU SHOULD TRAVEL MORE, AND WHY YOU SHOULD DO IT NOW
Life is all about perspectives. Be it with a half-full glass of water, a half-empty Nutella jar, truth is that reality is all in our hands and is shaped according to the way we decide to perceive it. And isn't that true for anything that happens to us? From a failed trip to a place, … Continue reading Thank You or Fuck You?
Ever since my flatmate and I moved into our new place, we've been trying to host as many people as possible, offering them a nice place to stay while at the same time making new friends from all over the world. Couchsurfing is awesome in that sense. But let's take a step back: what is … Continue reading WHY YOU SHOULD COUCHSURF MORE
Most of my life, I have been living by a specific set of rules. It wasn't something that I felt like I had to do, or something which was imposed to me, but rather something to help me keep myself grounded and give me a sense of purpose. The more confused my life got, the … Continue reading LIVING BY THE RULES
Dreams are an interesting thing. They define who we are and they give us aspirations in life, motivating us to keep going in order to reach that supposed happiness that will come with the realisation of our coveted wish. From temporary dreams to long term hopes, they push us along and give us a reason … Continue reading WORKING FOR YOUR DREAMS
To a lot of people, loneliness can be a familiar feeling. It doesn’t have to be constant, doesn’t have to be something negative, but something that we all go through at some point. Be it because of an empty house, people leaving or solo travelling, this feeling seems to grip you all of a sudden … Continue reading LONELINESS
Sometimes, you need a few moments in life to sit back and relax. As fourth year at uni takes its toll on me (or more like, punches me right in the face) and work takes up most of my free time, I often find myself gasping for breath and needing a few moments to close … Continue reading A PLACE TO UNWIND: OFF-GRID SCOTLAND