Barter Books is a charming (quite huge!) second hand bookshop in Alnwick, Northumberland, England. It’s unique in that it is situated inside a disused railway station - complete with original fixtures and fittings that look wonderfully old fashioned and retro while surrounded by shelves upon shelves of pre-loved books. Thanks to Lauren & Luke Gibson… Continue reading Barter Books – a magical destination for book lovers
Normally, I know where I stand with a novel. I know how to feel, I know what to think. But, Eleanor Opliphant is Completely Fine threw me through a loop. This book is funny, sad, unnerving and heart-warming all at the same time. It’s the best of human kindness and the depths of personal suffering…in under 400 pages.
When I’m 80, I’ll eat cake every day. I won’t remember what burpees are, or why anyone cared about avocados. I’ll never get a spray tan, ever again. Every day, I’ll feel each inch of my ageing skin, smoothing my hands over the papery creases and crevices, made during a life well lived. I’ll welcome… Continue reading Is beauty wasted on the young?
Ok, I know I said Hoi An was probably my favourite place (and I stand by this!) but Phong Nha was by far my favourite experience. Phong Nha national park is a beautiful area of stunning caves and breath-taking mountainous regions. We stayed at a fantastic hostel called Easy Tiger (well, to be honest, we… Continue reading Conquering fears in Phong Nha