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Visiting Mayfield Lavender Farm

If you haven’t guessed yet, it’s lavender season here in the UK. Actually it’s nearing lavender season, but there’s still plenty of chances to get into a field of the smelly stuff here in the UK. A couple of weeks ago, me and Emily from The Cosy Traveller headed down to Mayfield Lavender Farm on the outskirts of London to get some snaps, cake and a bundle of lavender to take home with us. It’s become a yearly thing for us…

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What I loved about Beijing

I returned from living in Beijing for a year last November and while it wasn’t my favourite place to live, it certainly had a lot of charm to it. From the food, people, sights and smells, I can definitely say that Beijing had a lot of charm. But what was it about the place that kept me there? Here’s what I liked about Beijing. The welcoming locals and their love of being active Everywhere you go in the capital, it’s…

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What happened: July

I made a deal this month that I would get out more in between my busy schedule and do nice summery things in London. And when you say British summer what springs to mind? Wimbledon of course! Being a bit of a tennis nerd, it does take over my life every July and so of course I couldn’t miss it. I worked pretty much six day weeks this month but managed to fit in quite a lot from trips to…

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Five reasons to go to Xi’an, China

I’ll admit it. I’ll always be fairly biased when it comes to Xi’an. It was my former home and also my first home in China and it’s still by far my favourite city in the country. I hate it when people say that they’ve been to Xi’an and it turns out that they’ve just been for the day to see the Terracotta Warriors. I spent a year and a half in the capital of Shaanxi province and I swear I…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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