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Five places for a girl to propose (but not today)

If I was going to propose I wouldn’t do it today. If a man can propose any day of the year, so can I. I don’t need to wait for the 29th February for permission to get down on one knee. What I would need though, is the perfect location.

With that in mind, I’ve compiled my top five places for girls to pop the question.

Snowman-building hysteria, Clissold Park, Stoke Newington

Snowmen of Hackney February 2012

Snow falls and England goes mad, in a good way. Here’s a selection of Hackney’s finest snowmen, crafted from the 10cm that fell overnight. My, we’re an excitable bunch!

Angel Station message board by Emma Field

London Underground offers more than transport…

Nothing like something out of the ordinary to cheer up your commute. Thanks Angel Tube station!

Humback whale breaching off California by NOAA Photolibrary

The craziest things happen when you least expect them…

Check out this footage of a surfer nearly being swallowed by a pod of humpback whales feeding off the coast of Santa Cruz, California.

Parakeet in London

Parakeets in London

I took a trip to Kew Gardens last spring. Strolling down the daffodil avenue I heard a familiar sound that I first heard in South America – a parakeet. There it was, peering down at me through the blossom.

Monkey Mini at the bottom of the very steep road into Heddon Valley

North Devon madness: wacky Minis

Sitting outside The Hunters Inn at the bottom of Exmoor’s Heddon Valley yesterday a long line of crazily dressed Minis wound their way past. Of course, I set aside my second pint of Addlestones and started snapping away, half cut (that cider is strong stuff). It turned out it was the Legendary Grand Tour in aid … Continue reading

Marcel Proust

Proust says it best

Marcel Proust neatly sums up what this blog is all about, although he had it figured out decades before me.

Post-trip tip 5: find local places that evoke your travels

Much as you love it, your local chippy is unlikely to evoke warm happy travel memories. Sniff out a few places that remind you of your travels and visit them when you crave a change from the all-too-soon-established norm.

Dishoom Bombay Cafe, Covent Garden, London (C) Emma Field

Dishoom: a corner of Bombay in London

Dishoom was created by some seriously homesick Bombayites.

DISHOOM /dishu:m/ n.
1. The old Bollywood sound effect produced when a hero lands a good punch, or when a bullet flies through the air
2. Similar to popular slang usage of the expression “Mojo”; e.g. “He’s got that Dishoom”

Resting kayaks C Craig Fast

The week that was: sea kayaking the Sea of Cortez, Mexico

This time last year I was pootling around in a kayak in the Sea of Cortez, tucked between Baja and the Mexican mainland. My photos from this week are nothing special but I do have this short video of a pod of dolphins swimming close to our kayak.

Post-trip tip 4: don’t be a travel bore

Yes, you loved travelling. Yes, life is immeasurably better on the road. Yes, you did some mind-blowing stuff. But there’s a time and a place to talk about it. Otherwise it’s called bragging and no-one likes a show-off. Especially when everyone else has been stuck in the same old routine under the same grey skies for an interminably long time.

Graffiti, Mexico City © Emma Field

The week that was: Belize and Mexico City

My top ten photos from Belize and Mexico City, 12th-18th March 2010

Post-trip tip 3: Relive those memories

Make a point of going through your travel photos and videos regularly. It will bring back all those old memories and remind you of sunnier climes and good times.

Inside a sweaty jazz club - exactly where I want to be this weekend

Callander Jazz and Blues Festival

Summer is definitely behind us. I’m delaying the onset of my SAD by focusing on all the brilliant events and places I could be visiting (if I had the money, of course). This weekend I want to be in Scotland, tapping my feet to some blues and downing a few wee drams.

Post-trip tip 2: adopt a new travel attitude

Just because you’re home doesn’t mean you’ve seen everything the area has to offer. Check out the, erm, rather novel approach to travel and tourism recommended by Joël Henry: Experimental Travel…