Book Review: Our Chemical Hearts

Our Chemical Hearts

I do not usually do Young Adult fiction, which is strange as when I was in my early twenties I used to read it like there’s no tomorrow. While my friends were reading much more complicated stories, I had my nose in Gossip Girl (back before it was cool) and The Princess Diaries.

I’ve always liked YA because I think that authors have a more challenging task at hand – to show the young reader how to cope with challenges in their lives. In The Princess Diaries, Mia’s dad died of testicular cancer. Gossip Girls deals with rape, harassment, divorce and so much more. YA isn’t just about telling a story it’s about showing young people how to deal with life. [Read more…]

The Drink Trend for 2018 – Orange Wine?

Orange Wine

My knowledge of wine is very much like my dad’s knowledge of ballroom dancing. He doesn’t know his foxtrot from his waltz, but put him in front of Strictly Come Dancing and suddenly he has opinions.

I know next to nothing about wine, but I sure drink a fair bit of it. When Pina wrote in a local magazine about how orange wine is going to be big in 2018, I knew I had to get in on it. [Read more…]

Yoga in Cambridge: CamYoga

I want to spend 2018 being a bit more active. I do cycle as much as possible but I need to have some activity other than that.

Back when I lived in Germany, I did Bikram yoga once a week, and I really enjoyed it. The heat in the room meant that my dodgy knees were happy, and the intensity was such that I got a really good work out each time.

I decided to go back to yoga in 2018. Luckily Haley was on the same page (guys you need to read her post about food marketing messages you need to ignore) and we both signed up to a taster month at CamYoga.

CamYoga is the queen bee of the Cambridge yoga world. The yummiest of mummies can be found here, and certainly the demographic of the classe [Read more…]

Is Expat Still My Identity?

That Facebook memory thing is a pain. I joined Facebook in 2005, my first year of uni (back when you needed a university email). That’s a lot of years of memories to show me, and while it’s nice looking back on times gone by, boy do I feel old.

Memories informs me that it’s been around 8 years since I lived in Japan, and 5 years since I was in Germany. I’ve been in the UK 3 1/2 years and I can’t believe it. I came back to settle down, career up and live a more fulfilling life, and really it’s taken me 3 1/2 years to get somewhere near that. [Read more…]

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