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Sophie

China

Inside Beijing’s North Korean restaurant

When I lived in Beijing, there was one place that I knew I wanted to go but I wasn’t too sure if I had the guts. The North Korean restaurant. The first time, we got to the door and then decided maybe it wasn’t such a good idea. We were a bit put off by the blacked out windows and random sounding music coming from the room. But then the second time, I went with another group of people and…

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London

A trip back to Wimbledon

First of all, let this be a warning to you. I am crazy about tennis. So, given that it’s currently Wimbledon, I decided to head down to the All England Lawn Tennis Club and see if I could get in. Last Monday I decided to go after work like I did last year and see if I could catch the last match of the day. Well I picked the worst day didn’t I. Manic Monday. Along with the rest of…

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Lifestyle

June: Things that happened

I don’t know about you but given the events in London and Manchester over the past couple of months, the world has seemed incredibly dark. I think we’re all beginning to realise that it’s okay to feel sad when these things happen but it’s important as always to look for the good in things. I haven’t necessarily blogged in a while because things if i’m honest have been a bit much from events at work (the joys of working in…

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Lifestyle

Things I wish I knew when I graduated from university

Once the papers are in and the tests are done, university is over. You did it, you graduated! You’re awesome. The world is your oyster! Of course, just getting to this point was hard enough and so you’ve got many reasons to sit back and enjoy the feeling of actually being a graduate, getting your certificate and wearing the amazing robe and hat while pretending you’re in Harry Potter. But of course, after that the long slog begins. What next?…

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London Travel

Why I love London

I’ve been asked why I love London so much and I only have one single answer. It’s the best city in the world. I’ve been visiting from as early as I can remember, i’ve seen the Queen whizz down the Mall, taken in the view from the London Eye and climbed the Millenium Dome. That’s the thing with London, no day is the same. I’ve booed the Boss and Paul McCartney being switched off in Hyde Park and blagged my…

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China

How to travel by train in China

If there’s something you need to commend China for (and there are lots of things) it’s definitely their train network. The most impressive train system in the world connects big cities such as Beijing and Shanghai to pretty much anywhere you can think of. It’s so easy to travel by train now in the country that taking a train instead of a plane is just more convenient. Take Beijing to Xi’an for example. The fast train takes 5 hours but…

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London

My favourite ‘odd tourist’ experiences in London

I’ve lived in London on and off for around four and a half years now and although I like to think i’ve been to all of the tourist spots, I haven’t really. It’s always interesting to see what sites people visit when they come to the capital – Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and even Harry Potter World. But during a trip to London you can’t see it all. There’s just not enough time in the day to do all of…

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Lifestyle

How i’ve learnt to deal with my psoriasis especially when on the road

I’ll admit many things. The fact that i’m broke. Literally broke. Freelance life bro. Freelance life. I’ll also admit that I have an unhealthy obsession with Asia. And that occasionally I eat my pasta with chopsticks just… because. But something I find it hard to reveal to my friends etc is that my skin is crappy. Not spots but Psoriasis. I’ve spent many a summer holiday trying to hide the giant red spots on my arms, legs, hell, all over…

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United Kingdom

Finding the world’s best beach in Wales

There’s a list online counting down the top 25 beaches in the world. I can’t say I thought during my weekend in Wales that i’d be able to tick one of the best in the world off the list, but I did. Yes that’s right, one of the top 25 beaches in the world is in Wales. After seeing it, I felt a bit bad for doubting Wales. You see, many people when they think of Wales think of Cardiff…

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Lifestyle

What i’ve learnt after 18 months of freelancing full time

I looked back at my one year post about being a freelancer and realised that this should definitely be a regular thing. One thing I am always asked when people find out that I am a freelance journalist is ‘how do you manage to find work?’ Sure it’s hard when you’re first starting out but you need to get yourself out of your comfort zone and get meeting and emailing people. As with anything there are always bumps in the…

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