Repost: Discover Nightswapping, a new way of Travelling

A fantastic post by Les Petits Pas de Juls ( covering a great new method of travelling.

Expand your horizons with Nightswapping, and explore somewhere previously unknown.

Thank you for bringing this to our attention!

(scroll down for the english version – vean al pie de página para la versión en español) Au début de l’année, je suis tombée sur un nouveau site de voyage.  Il a immédiatement attiré mo…

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The ‘Anti-Amazon Law’ Is About To Become A Reality In France, But It’s Not A Bad Thing

A very interesting approach by the French. Attempting to level the playing field and supporting the often forgotten about local bookshop is admirable. If we aren’t careful the art of wandering around a timeless local bookshop, wandering between aisles lined with shelves reaching the sky, searching for an enthralling captivating novel will be lost – how then will we spend a rainy Saturday afternoon?

Snow? Please?

It’s mid January, my boyfriend has gone off to Norway to have some fun in the snow for a few months/work, I’m piled under a mountain of dissertation research and redrafting, and to top it all off, “Snowmageddon” has yet to arrive!  In the post Christmas blue hue of the new year, where resolutions made in good faith after a bottle or two of Chardonnay have already been broken, not even two weeks in, is it too much to ask for a light dusting of snow Mother Nature?  I think not.  

I mean really, I’m not asking for a miracle; not so much snow that the authorities decide they can’t cope with the “extreme” weather conditions, and Heathrow cancels all flights.  Not even so much snow that all the shops shut, because I’ve not yet had the chance to strip the shelves bare of several loaves of bread in a flurry of panic that I can’t keep in my teeny tiny freezer anyway.  All that is needed is just enough to build a snowman, a snowdog (so the snowman doesn’t get lonely on his own in the nights), and to go sledging down the side of a mountain on an inflatable mattress, inevitably landing face down in the snow.  

Although snow can be inconvenient, what with schools closing and all those children running around throwing poorly constructed snowballs in every direction, it could be just what the nation needs to shake off the January funk! Evidently, snow has positive social implications which we are currently being deprived of by the lack of wintry weather.  

This is what we want to see Mother Nature, a snowy paradise! 


– Nantes, France. February 2012.

It’s time to snow up Britain! 


Nostalgic for Nantes

If you had told me a year ago that I was on the precipice of finally starting to live my life and discover who I am, I would have laughed and told you to stop being so bloody philosophical/sentimental/full of crap!  I had just moved to France and had left everything I had ever known in my whole life behind me in Wales.  I spent the first month in a state of worry; nervous that I wouldn’t understand when people directly spoke to me in French, and planning every single sentence to ensure that it was grammatically perfect in my head before even contemplating joining in with a conversation.  Although I never pined for Wales and my home comforts, it was one of the most difficult things I’d ever had to do.

The year passed quicker than I could have ever imagined, and before I knew it, my flatmate and I were throwing a good bye soirée in our beautiful flat that had been the hub of social events among my friends for the past year.  I was reluctantly torn from my French reality to restart my life in the UK mid June, and I can honestly say that I found it harder to leave Nantes in June, than to leave Britain in the September of 2011 to start what would become the most amazing adventure of my life.

Now, when I revisit the time I spent abroad, I ache to be back in Nantes.  I miss the little life I created for myself, and I miss the city where I discovered that actually I wasn’t as weak as I had originally thought.  My friend recently found this video and it reminded me of all the things I loved about the city that I called home for the best 9 months of my life, and had to share it with you!

If anyone out there is considering doing a year abroad, I strongly urge you to go for it!  You won’t regret anything about making the decision to go! You will learn so much about yourself and experience new cultures that will shape you into a better person.

If I could, I would go back in an instant.