Elephant No. 14: Jakarta, Indonesia 

Today has been a huge change of scene from previous weeks: it’s been goodbye to China, goodbye to my travelling companions Katy and Ali, goodbye to all my favourite dumplings and aubergine dishes, to my good friends Waygo and Pleco, and to wearing short shorts – but hello to Indonesia, hello to solo travelling, and hello to a whole new culture, language, and cuisine (I’m particularly excited about this latter matter!)  (more…)

Elephant No. 10: Oxford

A slightly different kind of elephant, these are elephant skeletons from the Pitt Rivers museum in Oxford. It took me four years to manage to squeeze a visit into this museum and when I did get there, the dodo (which I was most excited to see) was on loan somewhere else…

african elephant   baby elephant



Five days in France

I’m a big fan of the European short break – getting away from the UK for even a short amount of time can be very refreshing, and it is possible to pack a surprising amount into a few days. I’ve just got back from spending five days in France, split between Paris and Lyon (visiting friends in both places), and here are a few of my highlights – mainly food-related, what a surprise…

1) Brunch in Paris. My god do the French know how to do brunch: multiple courses, freshly squeezed orange juice, a mixture of normal brunch-y foods (i.e. a soft-boiled egg, excellent bread) with other more unusual things (i.e. chocolate tart, artichoke and chestnut soup) that I now feel SHOULD be standard breakfast fare. Was particularly surprised at the soup, as I’m not a big fan of artichoke normally but this was delish, also had the French chestnut sauce thing with yoghurt and liked it for the first time. Perhaps the English do make brunch like this, but I’ve certainly never seen anything like it – it took us about 3 hours to get through. (more…)