Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer spurns Mets to sign with LA Dodgers

Posted on February 6, 2021Categories SportTags , ,

Trevor Bauer is coming home to pitch for the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner announced his decision on Friday in a two-minute video posted to his Twitter account that ended with him saying, “And I can’t wait Dodger fans.” The video was titled “MY NEW HOME!!!” Trevor Bauer is headed to the World Series champions. Bauer, who turned 30 last month, was born in North Hollywood, went to high school in Santa … Continue reading “Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer spurns Mets to sign with LA Dodgers”

Tom Brady, the Super Bowl and the aging athlete’s mind-body problem

Posted on February 6, 2021Categories SportTags ,

Like the Buccaneers quarterback, I played well into my 40s. But eventually you have to confront a future in which your physical skills are no longer enough Professional athletes are mayflies. The mayfly rises magnificently into the air on translucent wings, only to die within 24 hours. According to the NFL Players’ Association, the league average playing career lasts 3.3 years. That’s not long considering the many years of grueling daily training, various physical injuries, and social sacrifices athletes endure … Continue reading “Tom Brady, the Super Bowl and the aging athlete’s mind-body problem”

Sports quiz of the week: Super Bowl, Six Nations and a shambolic show

Posted on February 6, 2021Categories SportTags ,

Who hit a hat-trick? Which ground filled up? Who misbehaved? There will be 25,000 fans at the Super Bowl on Sunday (and 30,000 cardboard cutouts), making it the smallest ever attendance at a Super Bowl. What is the highest ever attendance?91,654103,985176,222222,543 Manchester United beat Southampton 9-0 this week, equalling the record they already share with Leicester City for the biggest win in Premier League history. What is the all-time record for the top flight?10-0, held by Sunderland12-0, held jointly by … Continue reading “Sports quiz of the week: Super Bowl, Six Nations and a shambolic show”

Kevin Durant held then pulled from game amid ‘bizarre’ Covid-19 confusion

Posted on February 6, 2021Categories NBA, SportTags ,

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant couldn’t start a game and then couldn’t finish it, removed in the third quarter because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Durant wasn’t available at the beginning of Friday night’s game against Toronto, eventually being cleared to enter in the first quarter. Once he did, it became his first appearance as a reserve in his 867 NBA games. The strange situation – Durant had originally been listed in the starting lineup before being removed … Continue reading “Kevin Durant held then pulled from game amid ‘bizarre’ Covid-19 confusion”

Best Day Trips from Addis Ababa

Posted on February 16, 2021

Situated to the north of the captial, the Entoto Mountain is actually pretty close to the city, but given the traffic here and the amount there is to do in the area, you can easily make this into one of the best day trips from Addis Ababa. With churches a plenty at the top – which is a lofty 3200m high – start here and spend a few hours exploring the pious Ethiopians praying, bowing and paying their respects. The Entoto Maryam Church also has a museum attached to it. Then start to make your way down the hill to view the amazing lookout over the city, before continuing onto the famous Shiro Meda market – the best place to shop for textiles in the capital and a dream if you’re looking to get souvenirs or some traditional clothing as it’s best and cheapest! Around 100km north of... Continue reading “Best Day Trips from Addis Ababa”

Best Gower Beaches, Wales

Posted on February 21, 2021

There’s no denying, when it comes to the best British strips of sand, it’s hard to beat the amazing beaches of the Gower Peninsula in Wales. In fact, I’m going to put myself out there and say it’s almost impossible to top this ancient coastal outcrop. Full of dramatic green countryside, where giant cliffs fall down to golden sand bays and the great ocean laps beyond, the sense of drama in this part of the country is palpable on every level. It is indeed a land of legends, myths and magic. Thankfully, one of the best things to come out of 2020 and the pandemo chaos for me, has been... Continue reading “Best Gower Beaches, Wales”

Cat Ba Island

Posted on February 19, 2021

I think I’ve spelt it out pretty clearly in the title and the intro, but the main reason to visit Cat Ba Island is that it’s from here that you can experience an affordable trip to Halong Bay. And if, like me, you’re baulking at the idea of paying hundreds of dollars for a crowded cruise in this part of Vietnam now, then you need to visit Cat Ba Island too. If you want to kayak this country’s most famous landscape without the crowds and half the trash, then you need to visit Cat Ba Island. And if you’re getting a bit tired of the hectic cities of Vietnam and want to escape the pollution and noise of Hanoi, then you need to visit Cat Ba Island. Because this is the spot to do all of those things, plus more, which certainly makes it one of the top places to visit in Vietnam! So... Continue reading “Cat Ba Island”

Fantastic Destinations For Catching the Ferry and Camping in France

Posted on February 28, 2021

Boat travel and camping are 2 of the most budget-friendly ways to enjoy a break in Europe and never is this more popular than in the beautiful country of France. With regular ferries running from England and campsites in French being plentiful, there are limitless combinations available to you if this sounds like your sort of summer holiday. Super for family adventures, trips with friends or just a chance to get away from it all, I’ve looked at all the different options you have in terms of catching the ferry and pitching your tent. And, I’m delighted to say I’ve found some real winners, so here are the 5 best destinations you should definitely check out when combining sailing on the ferry and camping in France. Catching the ferry to France, rather than flying, means the journey... Continue reading “Fantastic Destinations For Catching the Ferry and Camping in France”

Off the Beaten Track in Cyprus

Posted on February 25, 2021

So, if you’re anything like me – a British child of the nineties who grew up on package holidays – then Cyprus will be equated with one thing and one thing only in your mind. And that is beach resorts, half-board packages, towel reservations by the pool and Fanta Orange at dinner… ok well maybe the last one is just me! But the point remains, that until I visited Cyprus as an adult, I really did think the only thing this Mediterranean island offered was sun, sea and sand. Which it is – I don’t want to take away the glory of any of Cyprus’ beautiful beaches – but I also want... Continue reading “Off the Beaten Track in Cyprus”

Reasons Why You Must Visit Yogyakarta

Posted on March 02, 2021

Straight off the bat, just wanna say that I loved Yogyakarta. And I’m kind of not even sure why. Ok, I know it was because of the amazing historical attractions, vibrant culture, delicious street food and friendly people, but there was also something I couldn’t put my finger on here. Something that had me immediately warm to this place, that called me, that enticed me, that intrigued me and... Continue reading “Reasons Why You Must Visit Yogyakarta”

The Best Beaches in Jersey, Channel Islands

Posted on March 01, 2021

As the sunniest place in the British Isles, Jersey is a great place to see and enjoy the British seaside at its best. Renowned for its beautiful sands and clear waters, the Island’s beaches have been earmarked as some of the cleanest in Europe … which is why their one of my top 5 reasons to visit Jersey. All round the island, great pockets of seaside fun can be found which, due to... Continue reading “The Best Beaches in Jersey, Channel Islands”

Things To Do in Bolivia

Posted on March 04, 2021

Sandwiched between Brazil, Peru, Chile and Argentina, the South America country of Bolivia can sometimes struggle to get a look in with all those big neighbours around. But get a look in it certainly should, as this smaller South American country doesn’t hold back when it comes to epic things to do here. From the steamy amazon to the soaring Andes, colonial cities to salt flats so huge they’re visible from space, it’s definitely safe to say that Bolivia – despite its smaller size – is a veritable feast for travellers. It’s also one of the cheapest South American countries too,... Continue reading “Things To Do in Bolivia”

Things to Do in Cairo

Posted on February 17, 2021

The 2nd largest city in Africa, there’s no doubt that Cairo has a reputation that proceeds it. But what that reputation is can differ widely depending on who you’re speaking to. Yes, love it or hate it, Cairo is a city that seems to divide opinion like no other. And for that reason, I’m calling it a Marmite city! (shout for the Brits reading this!) I’d heard both sides of the coin before I finally got to this mammoth metropolis – my last destination in Africa after my journey the length of the continent’s east coast – and to be honest I really wasn’t sure which side of the debate my heart was going to fall. And to be totally honest, I’m still not 100% sure! For starters, it’s pretty full-on, what with the traffic and pollution and hustle and noise. And while this can be exciting, I know it can also be intimidating and disconcerting for many travellers. Of course, first on the list, it has to be the big daddy of them all! Cairo’s most famous attraction, and... Continue reading “Things to Do in Cairo”

Things to Do in Freiburg

Posted on February 22, 2021

First up on this list of the top things to do in Freiburg is to check out this historic city’s gates. Yes like many old cities in this part of Germany, Freiburg was once a walled city and large gateways helped protect the population, as well as make clear the entrances, exits and boundaries of the city. Seeing the City Gates is a good introduction to the historic nature of this town, and strolling the cobbled streets between them is another delightful walk back through time, as some parts date as far back as 1202! The most famous, and probably impressive gate in my opinion is Martinstor (Martin’s Gate in English), which is clearly marked on Google maps if you’re looking to find it. The Freiburg Munster, which is the Cathedral in the heart of this city, is an absolute masterpiece... Continue reading “Things to Do in Freiburg”

Things to Do in Leeds

Posted on February 24, 2021

When I headed to Leeds this year to spend a weekend exploring this northern English city and its famous pastoral surrounds, it was my first visit back in over 10 years! Which is a long time when you used to live in a city! And live in Leeds I did, for 3 epic, wild years as an undergraduate student. And so Leeds has always had a soft spot in my heart, a warm and nostalgic spot in my memory. Which made returning to it slightly daunting to be honest. But I’m happy to say that after a long time away, this city did not disappoint, and in the 10 years since I last set foot here, it’s come a long way. So, in honour of this great city, and its continued greatness for the next decade (!), here’s my list of the best 15 things to do in Leeds on a budget. I’m going to kick off this list of the best things to do in Leeds by starting in the city centre and working my way out from there, so that arguably the entries just keep getting better and better. But, for now, let’s start at the... Continue reading “Things to Do in Leeds”

Things to Do in Malacca

Posted on February 20, 2021

The beautiful, charming city of Malacca was, without question, one of my favourite spots throughout my 3 week trip in Malaysia. Chilled, café-laden and oozing a rich colonial history, Malacca ticked a lot of boxes for me and I can’t recommend getting this spot on your itinerary enough too. If you’re tired of big bustling cities in Southeast Asia, then UNESCO-listed Malacca makes for a lovely, relaxing break and even though it can be a little more expensive than other destinations in the country, it’s a price worth paying for a such a clean, welcoming and safe stay. If you weren’t... Continue reading “Things to Do in Malacca”

Things to Do in Siem Reap

Posted on February 18, 2021

First up on my list of the best things to do in Siem Reap is check out the temples in this town. And I’m not talking about Angkor Wat here! While this massive complex lies a little outside the city (you’ve really got to get a tuk-tuk there), there’s also some lovely temples within Siem Reap itself to explore… albeit ones that are a bit smaller! Giving you a fascinating insight into important parts of Cambodian culture, especially if you’re new to the whole scene, the 2 temples I recommend checking out within the centre of Siem Reap are Wat Preah Prom Rath and Wat Bo. Both free to enter and delightful to stroll round, this is a great morning activity to enjoy on a day when you’re not planning on heading to Angkor Wat until the afternoon / for sunset. Conversely, if you’re... Continue reading “Things to Do in Siem Reap”

Things To Know Before You Travel Argentina

Posted on March 03, 2021

Oh Argentina, the stuff many an exotic travel dream is made of. And yes, there’s no denying I was beyond excited when I finally realised an adventure in this much-fabled country was going to be within my grasp. Which was back in 2019. In the good old travel days! While I had 6 whole weeks planned to journey the length and breadth of Argentina – from Salta in the north (after I crossed the... Continue reading “Things To Know Before You Travel Argentina”

Top Things to do in Amsterdam

Posted on February 27, 2021

Seriously, if there’s just one city you visit this year, or next year, or the year after, then make it Amsterdam. I’ve just got back from my 3rd trip to this glorious European capital, after a 10 year hiatus, and am delighted to say I found it even better than I remember. You know those places you revisit after holding them fondly in your memory for a long period of time … and they fail to live up to your expectations. Well Amsterdam was the opposite of that. The unofficial centre of the city, visiting Dam Square is definitely one of the top 10 free things to do in Amsterdam. With some very regal-looking buildings around, which are beautifully illuminated at night, this is a great spot to wander around and take in the views, especially after dark. Another great free thing to do in Amsterdam at night is to experience the infamous Red Light District. No longer just a seedy area, this part of the city has ironically evolved into the city’s major tourist hub. Girls in windows... Continue reading “Top Things to do in Amsterdam”

Top Things to Do in Bruges

Posted on February 26, 2021

The Belgian city of Bruges is a feast of fairytale delight of twisting cobbled lanes, peaceful canals and old churches – in fact, it’s one of the most classic places to visit in Western Europe. Stone bridges cross the tiny waterways, as swans float past weeping Birch trees and the clip-clop of horse-drawn carriages pervade the vehicle-free streets. An ancient walled Medieval town, and a listed site, about an hour from the capital Brussels, Bruges is perfect weekend getaway material with great European connections by ferry, plane, train and Eurostar. Not known for its friendly status... Continue reading “Top Things to Do in Bruges”

Visiting Strasbourg Cathedral

Posted on February 23, 2021

Strasbourg Cathedral has to be one of the most striking cathedrals in France. And if you know France, that’s quite the claim! Set in a stunning historic city, full of riverside charm and tourist potential a-go-go, this Gothic beauty is one of those bucket list French icons you have to visit! Plus the beauty of Strasbourg’s Medieval centre, as well as the amazing day trips outside the city you can also enjoy here, make it one of my ultimate French destinations. So if you’re planning a trip to this part of the country, either as part of a Strasbourg city weekend or a longer Alsace region adventure, you can’t miss Strasbourg Cathedral! And here’s everything you need to know about visiting this giant to help you plan the perfect trip… One of the leading Catholic Cathedrals in... Continue reading “Visiting Strasbourg Cathedral”