I Am In Germany – Frankfurt

I Am In Germany – Frankfurt

After spending 4 studious days in Heidelberg for the Biology conference, Malti and I decided to spend a couple of days in Frankfurt. We decided to stay at Frankfurt Hostel; this was the first time for me staying at a hostel, and I must admit, I was a tiny bit hesitant. I've always heard such negative things about hostels, regarding cleanliness and safety. But, we read some reviews online and considering Frankfurt Hostel cost about 3 times less than a hotel in the same central area, it seemed like an obvious choice. We booked two beds in a 6 bed female-only room, and it was very pleasant, spacious and clean. This hostel was also an ideal environment for meeting fellow travellers, as there was a common room with music, food and drinks. I would highly recommend this hostel for anyone planning on visiting Frankfurt on a budget. One of my best highlights of my trip to Germany was watching the sun set whilst sitting...
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I Am In Germany – Stuttgart & Heidelberg

I Am In Germany – Stuttgart & Heidelberg

For the last trip abroad in 2016, I found myself heading to Germany! I've just made it sound like I randomly hopped onto a plane and voila, Germany. Actually, it was quite the contrary, I had been planning this trip for at least 6 months, as it was a work related trip to attend an annual conference closely related to the work I currently do in the lab. This biology conference was all about the small protein that I study, involved in a plethora of processes, including movement, cell division and other cell shape changes. As I have entered the final year of my PhD studies, this conference was a great way to gather all the work I had recently completed and present it to others in the field. Conferences are great ways to discover the latest research, form international collaborations, and receive feedback from others. Malti (a friend and fellow PhD student in my lab) and I flew from London Heathrow to Stuttgart...
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I Am In Harar, Ethiopia – Part Two

I Am In Harar, Ethiopia – Part Two

One would think that two weeks in Ethiopia would suffice, but when you have family members all over Harar, even a month seems too short. Be sure to read Part One to see the first part of my trip, and keep reading to hear about the rest! Harar has the greatest number of mosques per square meter. When I heard this fact, I thought nah, it can't be! But when you actually visit, and hear the call to prayer echoing from mosques on every street corner, it's easier to believe that this is true. Most streets within the old city of Harar have a mosque / place of prayer. The white and green mosque below is the first built mosque in Harar. It has recently been refurbished, but it is a very small mosque with a green interior. This narrow pathway is known as the 'street of reconciliation'. This pathway is so narrow that one one person is able to pass through at any...
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I Am In Harar, Ethiopia – Part One

I Am In Harar, Ethiopia – Part One

Harar, Ethiopia : the land where my parents were born and raised. It is a historic town in Ethiopia and considered the fourth holiest city in Islam, after Makkah, Medina and Jerusalem. The first time I visited Ethiopia I was 7 years old, and since then I've returned three times. Most of my uncles, aunties and cousins live in Harar including my maternal grandmother, and so visiting Ethiopia is always a fun-filled time with lots of love, culture and tradition. The last time I visited was 2012, and so I had been craving to return either this year or the next. It just so happened that my cousin announced her wedding date as planned for the end of July and I jumped to the opportunity to book a flight and find myself in the middle of a Harari wedding dance floor! Don't forget to check out my blog post detailing the ins and outs of a Harari Wedding (you'll be surprised...
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I Am At Mayfield Lavender

I Am At Mayfield Lavender

I am an avid TimeOut London reader. It's where I discover new places, and hear about the latest events that are happening in London. I recently saw a picture of a friend frolicking in the fields of  Mayfield Lavender on Instagram, and as soon as I did, I just HAD to schedule a day to visit. Lavender fields are usually regarded as exotic, and are reminiscent of the fields in the South of France. Luckily, I was just in time to see some lavender fields before full harvesting. Half of the field had already been harvested and the rest will be harvested mid-September. Although it wasn't as purple as I expected, it was absolutely beautiful and very calming to be there. There was also a small shop selling everything lavender, and a cafe to grab a bite. It's also just £1 to enter the fields, cheap and cheerful! Directions to Mayfield Lavender from Central London: Overground train to West Croydon from Canada Water. From West Croydon...
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