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This neighbourhood of Gdańsk is almost, almost, your average collection of boring, ex-Soviet apartment blocks. But on closer inspection, the residential area - just 10 minutes away from the central station - is different to any other Eastern European tower block...

A couple of times a year, I like to have a weekend away with an old friend, to combine two of my favourite activities: long overdue (and usually wine-fuelled) catch-ups, and exploring new places. My schoolfriend Katie and I have been...

About 4 nanoseconds after sitting down at my desk after the Christmas break, I was already daydreaming about how to get away again (isn’t being an adult fun?). One evening a few days later, as I was trying to distract myself...

The structure of my trips to my mum's house in Gloucestershire, England, is always pretty much the same. My mum, grandma, and brother fill me in on the latest gossip about the neighbours, most of whom I've still never actually met....

The Italian Riviera. It sounds glamorous, doesn't it? And it can be, I guess. But it's a place I've stayed far away from since moving to Italy. Liguria and I have a bit of a complicated relationship, you see. As well...

This summer, apart from a toccata e fuga weekend in Germany for my friend's wedding, I was stuck in Italy. For the first time in years, I didn't really know what to do with myself. By the time I’d started thinking...

I've wanted to visit Amsterdam for absolutely ages. Whenever I'd talked to friends about going away for a weekend, I'd always suggested it, but unfortunately for me, everyone always told me they'd already been and promptly suggested going somewhere else. After...

Venice is the Marmite of Italian cities. Some love it, others hate it, but you can't know until you've tried. I'd wanted to go to Venice for ages, despite being convinced that I - a person who doesn't really like either crowds...

I’ve had some bad New Year’s Eves. I’ve spent huge amounts of money on very disappointing nights out, I’ve been to many a boring house party, and I’ve even gone to bed before midnight and woken up at 3 a.m. to...