New Year 2018 Part 2/3: NYE in Budapest

Budapest, fast becoming a must-visit in central Europe, and one of my favourite cities. Being my second time here, I know we’ll easily fill the three-night stay. There’s so much to see and do here. We arrive late on and get checked into our hostel: Adagio 2.0 by the Basilica, more central than last time….

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,…

Three Capitals Trip Part 2/3: Budapest, Hungary

Now for the main bit: two nights in Budapest, Hungary. A few hours from Vienna, we arrive just as darkness is falling. Already with bar crawl and boat party tickets from the bus, we get checked into the hostel (GoodMo House in Józsefváros). But we’ve less than an hour to get ready and meet back…

Dortmund, Germany Part II: Tips & Reflections

As I said at the start of the series, some of my best Dortmund memories are from ERASMUS. Especially the first month (September 2015) with the cultural programme and language course. Like many others, knowing the time was so limited, I went to as many events as I could. This also allowed us to meet…

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…

Dortmund, Germany Intro: ERASMUS in Dortmund

If you’ve ever studied abroad, or have friends who’ve studied abroad, you’ll know what I mean. ERASMUS in Dortmund, Germany 2015-16, at the TU Dortmund – a great chapter in my life and here’s why. As my About & Bio page says, it was the main inspiration for this blog. Not only do I have…