Confused Manga

Year Abroad Blog – #2 Do You Like Manga?

SO MY FIRST week at school is complete… OK, I didn’t really teach anything per se but instead observed classes and introduced myself to the students. You know the sort of questions: ‘what’s your name?’ ‘how old are you?’ and ‘do you like manga?’, which an unusually high number of students asked me before going…

Doors, Antwerp Cathedral

A Day in the City of Diamonds

WITH A NICKNAME as sparkling as that, Antwerp has a lot to live up to. Unless you were expecting a shimmering Wizard of Oz-style metropolis carved out of diamonds, then you might be disappointed – much of Antwerp’s diamond-studded past has dwindled. Nevertheless, Antwerp still has plenty to shine about. Let’s start at the city’s…

Aachener Dom

In and around Nordrhein-Westfalen

A QUICK LOW-DOWN – this month I’ve been in Aachen, Germany, having been awarded a scholarship by the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD) for a month-long intensive German language course. Away from the classroom, naturally I was desperate to go out and explore this corner of north-west Germany, and so I’ve put together this post (a…

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10 reasons I’m glad I’m at home and not at Glastonbury

WHAT A SURPRISE! In true British tradition, the heavens have already opened above Somerset. I love tradition, but sharing a sodden tent with half-cut twenty-somethings – even if they are friends – surely cannot compare to a dry double bed, complete with a roof over its head. Having to either dig a hole in the ground…