New Year 2018 Part 1/3: Vienna, Austria

Having made it back to Cologne (Köln), Germany, a place I visited many times during ERASMUS, I’m ready to leave for my second pm2am Three Capitals Trip – Vienna, Budapest & Ljubljana. But things are markedly different. It’s cold, snowy, wintery, miserable. And unlike 90-95% of the group, I’m not a student. After avoiding boarding…

Pre-New Year, Amsterdam, 2017

As hoped for some time, here I am again. Finally back abroad. Ideally this would have come earlier but as ever, life got in the way. It really wasn’t the plan. But I ended up in Scotland for several months as… Another ******* jury citation (no I wasn’t chosen, but spent a week going into…

‘Home’: Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow airport again. Cloudy as always, to make it clear I’m back. This time thankfully, at least no rain as I wait for the bus into the city. It’s about 15 minutes across to the centre of Glasgow then the train home, and it’s a funny old sight. Familiar streets, familiar people, familiar shops, bars…

Dortmund, Germany Part III: Goodbye, ‘Going Back’ Blues & Concerns (Final)

Time to face the truth: After almost two years in Germany I’m going home. I’m staying at my friend’s in Stadtgarten again and the following runs through my mind. What now? Was all this really worth it? How am I going to spend the next weeks/months? OK, there’s really not a lot happening over these…

Mainz, Germany, 2017: Travel Doubts & Musings

So that’s me home again. I come through the door after another blast of a weekend, and…everything’s exactly as I left it. As if nothing’s happened. Oh no. The inevitable “back to reality” that comes after a great trip: I’m only staying here a month, which is almost up now. And as time goes on,…

Post-ERASMUS Travel: Darmstadt, Germany, May 2017

So the adventure continues. I’m back in a student WG (Wohngemeinschaft – shared apartment/flat) at the TU Darmstadt. But it’s not quite the same. I’m sharing with two others again, but there’s far less happening. Dortmund was a blast: there was constant stimulation: adrenalin and activity through constant events, especially in the first month. I don’t…