Loneliness when you move abroad

You can be amongst crowds, in small groups or with a friend, and still feel lonely. If everyone turns up apart from the one person you actually want there, that empty longing can make you feel lonely. Loneliness: A feeling of discomfort and sadness because you don’t have the company you want around you. I…

The disadvantage of the short commute

I spent 3 years working in central London, travelling approximately 50 minutes to work and 50 minutes back home every day. During my last year in London, the commute continued to become evermore tedious, sometimes reaching over an hour as Southern Rail used excuses including “the sun was shining too brightly” as reason for why…

Home for the weekend

Touching base I have never felt so excited to see London. Descending into Heathrow airport over the Thames, I saw Tower Bridge and The o2 Arena. I felt a smile spread across my face and a rush of excitement shoot through my body. I was back! Seven months is the longest I have been away…

Out with the old, in with the new?

But why is ‘old’ a bad thing? During my first few months of relocating to Frankfurt, I spent my evenings and weekends getting to know the city, making friends and flat hunting. It was time consuming and tiring, and I was aware that my beloved fitness routine was slowly but surely disappearing. Now that I…

Could I have moved abroad if I didn’t speak the language?

Put simply, yes. Would it have been so easy? Probably not. But it all depends where you go and what you actually want from the experience. Maybe languages aren’t your thing? Remember my first night out when I arrived in Frankfurt, the one I went to on my own? It was an English speaking event…

Me, Myself & an Aeroplane

I have done a fair amount of solo journeys, especially since moving abroad; within Germany, around Europe and also heading out to Asia. This much travelling means that I pack my suitcase on autopilot and that I have perfected the ‘must haves’ list for my journeys: – Downloaded series on Netflix? “Check.” – Head phones?…

My LAPP The Brand Submission: Art, Gender Equality & Medusa

LAPP The Brand (Leomie Anderson the Project the Purpose) is a platform for women and girls to have their say about life in the 21st Century. As soon as I saw the ‘more writers needed’ ad, I was itching to put something together. Leomie Anderson is a model from South London (representin’), who walked the Victoria’s…

Get Out

You just know when something isn’t right, don’t you? That weird feeling creeps under your skin and doesn’t let your mind relax. Your brain is telling you… Get Out. The second I saw Daniel Kaluuya’s face plastered over the Get Out ad, I knew this film would be worth watching.  I first saw Kaluuya live…

Returning from Asia

20 days, 8 flights and 3 countries later, I am back in Frankfurt and it’s just the same as when I would return to London after a long holiday or time travelling abroad. “Fernweh” (literally translated as ‘far sickness’ in contrast to ‘heimweh’ which means ‘homesickness’) follows you no matter where you’ve settled in the…

Restricted by Words – Magritte

It was confusing. Trying to work out what the painting actually meant and what the artist was actually trying to portray. And then I realised that this was the point of the Margritte exhibition. Stop letting your mind be limited by what something should be. René Magritte, Belgium’s famous surrealist artist, used art to raise awareness of…

Moonlight

I am definitely not a pro when it comes to films; I seldom go to the cinema and rarely put on a movie at home. But, after seeing Moonlight – I would even pay to go and see this one again. Moonlight reveals the ugly mask many people live behind every day.  Directed by Berry Jenkins,…

Battle Of The Sexes: Franz von Stuck to Frieda Kahlo

The best exhibiton I have ever been to! Contemporary, captivating & courageous, Battle Of The Sexes takes on society’s attitudes towards women from the nineteenth century to the end of World War Two. Threatening, seductive and second class citizens are all opinions of women that have lead to the battle of the sexes that we…

24 hrs in the city that changed my life 

Guten Morgen! It’s Monday, you’ve not long woken up and going back to work probably isn’t the most exciting thing on your agenda. I’m on a 4 hour train journey back to Frankfurt, completing a 24 hour round trip to the city where I first fell in love with Germany. People always ask how I…

Hot To Cold: An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation

Taking us from the hottest to the coldest parts of the planet the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) use their “Hot to Cold” exhibition in Frankfurt to explore design and adaptation of buildings influenced by their cultural and climatic settings. Studying languages and various types of translation taught me the importance of localisation; it is not just…

Munich, Money & a Much appreciated visit

January is the Monday of the year and it was quite a shitty Monday. Cold, still dark after work, and just a tinsy bit of blossom on the trees would make it easier to get up in the mornings after we’ve scrolled through the outrageous happenings of the world on our newsfeeds. But despite the…

The Blind Leading The Blind; Dialog In The Dark

A quick talk and a guide stick were all we were equipped with after writing our names in braille, ready to be thrown into the world of the blind. I’m not scared of the dark and never was as a child, but this experience is a lot more than finding your way to the bathroom…