A Top 10 Pebble Beach – Brighton

A Top 10 Pebble Beach – Brighton

Voted one of the Top 10 pebble beach destinations in the world, Brighton Beach is an hour away from London by Southern Rail. I happened to visit the University of Sussex (Falmer Station, 5 mins from Brighton City) and on my return, decided to walk across the pier and the coast of Brighton Beach. I had previously visited Southend-On-Sea however, I had never been to Brighton and so I was excited as soon as I figured that I would be going there. For us Londoners, the hustle and bustle of the city can sometimes get overwhelming and so it is nice to escape to the seaside at any opportunity and appreciate the peacefulness and natural air that the sea can offer. Of course, it is not possible to go to the seaside without grabbing a bag of fish and chips. I came across this restaurant as I was walking towards the Pier from the station. There are such a huge selection of...
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I am in Geneva, Switzerland – Part One

I am in Geneva, Switzerland – Part One

Geneva is one of those places that are spectacularly beautiful, preserving its culture, language and style within a relatively small city - known as the 'smallest of big cities'. Geneva is one of the French speaking regions of Switzerland, and the second-largest United Nations Office of the UN. I recently visited Geneva for four days with my brother and cousin. This is my second time visiting Geneva, the last time being September 2013. I will be breaking up this trip into two parts, as I managed to squeeze a lot in such a short space of time. We were staying with some family in the lovely are of Carouge. On the first day, we took a little walk around the area and caught the bus into the city centre. The street cars are electrically powered and environmentally friendly - maybe something we could do with to reduce pollution in London (?) They do look extremely elegant and classy also! We visited Manor, a...
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I am in South Kensington

I am in South Kensington

I spent a year in South Kensington during my Master's at Imperial College London. At the time, I was inundated with studies and didn't really take the time to explore and appreciate the region. I thought it may be a good idea to take a little time exploring the area, visiting the museums and other significant features of the area. For those not familiar with London, South Kensington is located in West side of London and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It's a particularly upmarket area and where one can only dream to reside in. 1. Royal Albert Hall This concert hall, best known for holding the Proms during the Summer, is one of London's beautiful structures. It is of personal significance to me as it was here that my graduation ceremony was held in 2014. The inside is absolutely beautiful, although you cannot enter without having a pass for a ticketed event. The Royal Albert Hall is behind Imperial College London,...
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NYC in 4 days – Part 2

NYC in 4 days – Part 2

I'd definitely say that the 'Tripomatic' app was extremely helpful in giving me suggestions of places that I hadn't thought about. It can be accessed offline, giving both the location of the place, the cost and opening times. I'd highly recommend using this app to log upcoming trips and planning itineraries. I'm going to continue sharing the details of my trip to NYC. Check out my previous Part 1 and 8 free things to do in NYC. 1/ The Halal Guys This is by far the BEST street food I had in NYC - i'll go as far as to say it was the BEST food I had in NYC overall. NYC is saturated with street trucks selling all sorts of food on the go. There are not many halal restaurants in NYC, however I'm now going to stay that Halal Guys is the best halal restaurant/ street food in NYC. They have about three things on their menu, of which they specialise in...
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NYC in 4 days – Part 1

NYC in 4 days – Part 1

I visited New York in October but I'm JUST getting round to publishing this post as the PhD study life just took over! I had such an amazing time in the concrete jungle of NYC and it was extremely eye-opening and an enjoyable trip - would definitely recommend to anyone! Check out my previous blog post for more details on location and opening times. Here's what I got up to during a couple of days... 1/ Brooklyn Botanic Garden 2/ NY Water Taxi A MUST-DO! This fairly inexpensive (all-day access) taxi was quite exciting and one of my NYC highlights. I especially enjoyed the skyline views of Manhattan in the unexpected October sunshine. The taxi stops at each monumental icon allowing us to take pictures from all angles. It really was a perfect experience (weather-permitting of course)! 3/ Central Park 4/ NY Public Library For all those, like me, interested in building architecture and books (and the like), NY Public Library was another highlight of my trip. The...
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What is Poutine?

What is Poutine?

Unless you come from Canada, or have come across this dish upon travels, I have found that most people (from the UK) do not know what poutine (pronounced: poo-teen) is. I too only discovered poutine last year during my travels to Toronto, although at the time I did not get the chance to try it. Alas, the time finally came for me to try Poutine, and here's my verdict. Poutine originated from Quebec in the late 1950s, and is made of chips (French fries) covered with cheese curds topped by brown gravy. Does that sound appealing? Honestly, to me, it didn't! I was in Toronto over the weekend, and popped into the Eaton Centre for lunch. Whilst trying to choose what to eat, I thought 'you know what, let's try this poutine once and for all'. Considering this was my fourth time in Canada, I'm pretty late to catch onto this apparently amazing mouth-watering dish.   I was told that New York Fries poutine...
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