Seek Mykonos

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Seeking Mykonos came down to four things for me: the main town, beaches, light, and reading. This holiday was an actual holiday - something I rarely (to the point of almost never) do. To clarify, by this I mean, instead of sight-seeing, travelling to multiple destinations, or packing in a bunch of activities, this trip was about plonking myself on a beach, eating food, and above all, relaxing. That is why this post won't be resplendent in all the wonderful sights/ruins/museums/cultural displays I saw, language I practiced, or things I learnt. It is rather more simple than that - we mainly just floated from beach to beach, meal to meal...and it was marvellous!! Quite different to most of my travels and considering the health problems I have been experiencing recently, it was a welcome change of pace. It was...
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What’s In My Carry-On

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A couple of weeks ago, I posted about my 13 Air Travel Rules. Since I am gearing up to board my flight to Greece tonight (tonight?! WOOP!), I thought I would share what I take on the plane with me to get me through the 24 hours of pressurised atmosphere, recycled air, dodgy food, cramp-inducing economy seats, and the generally crap environment that is a plane. Plane travel can be uncomfortable at the best of times, but for someone with chronic pain it can quickly turn into a torturous nightmare of not only being trapped inside your body but trapped in a tiny seat in a metal tube in the sky. It is therefore best to be prepared and, in fact, all my "essentials" are useful for everyone, not just those with chronic pain. The idea...
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Why Fantasy Isn’t Just For Nerds

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All my life I have been a massive fantasy fan. When I was five-years-old I taught myself to read by labouring over a Fisher-Price version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The first full novel I ever read was Enid Blyton's The Magic Faraway Tree at age six. As a kid, I was a voracious reader and obsessed with anything to do with fairies or mystical lands beyond the mirror/wardrobe/chocolate factory. As I grew older I got into "teen fantasy" books by the likes of Tamora Pierce, J.K. Rowling and, yes, even Stephenie Meyer (Twilight was a guilty "trash" pleasure of mine for a few months around my 21st birthday...I put it down to my panic at turning into a real "adult"!). The_Magic_Faraway_Tree_1st_edition After a decade long obsession with historical fiction, in the last...
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