History, Culture & Food

There is something so magical about Europe, nowhere else on earth can you traverse so many countries by land in such a short space of time, and experience so many different unique places in one trip.

I am besotted with Europe. From charming Parisian terrace cafés to Bulgarian springtime produce markets – every corner of Europe is filled to the brim with culture, food and history.

My first ever visit to Europe was to a small town in the Southwest of France and it sparked a passion in me for exploring all that Europe has to offer.

Since then I’ve been lucky enough to spend time all around the continent – from working on a Permaculture Project in Portugal to Renovating an old farmhouse in Bulgaria, I’ve travelled the length of the Balkans and fallen in love with the Albanian Riviera.

Life After Idomeni – A reflection

The meadows here are overgrown with wild strawberries, sweet peas and brambles. The hillsides roll on for what feels like ever and I sit here, sipping a fresh mint tea with the sun on my cheeks. Where Athens was orange blossoms and pine needles, and Idomeni the stench of burning plastic and mud puddles, this […]

Let’s Play a Game

Let’s play a game, use your imagination and follow along. You’re cosy in that recliner you love, you know the one. You picked it out together right after you brought your first home. It was after the wedding, of course. But before you started painting the nursery pink and stocking up on tiny socks. It’s […]

Where Will They Go?

A little girl scrutinises under a rock with her torch, carefully turning each one over looking for treasures underneath. She reminds me of myself as a child, endlessly fascinated with searching for creatures in the rock pools. Completely oblivious to the fist-fight breaking out nearby, she gently replaces each turned stone as men in orange […]

I Didn’t Cry in Thessoloniki

I’ve run out of tears for the everyday. For the child tugging on my trousers in need of more things than money can buy, for the desperation in that parents eyes, for the putrid toxicity of the smoke billowing, created by people so desperate for warmth that they are burning their plastic raincoats for firewood. […]

Making Friends at PolyKastro

I have spent the past few days wondering how, when I finally got the chance, I might tell the story of the past five days. Agonising over the details and the timelines. What happened when? Did the hospital trip happen before or after the border closures. Honestly, it has been a bit of a rough […]

Saint Valentine and the Eko Gasoline Wasteland

At the other end of the world from this escalating assault on Syria, my hometown was once again rocked by a large earthquake. In the quiet moments, in the middle of the night when everything is still, I can’t help but wonder how much more this world can take.

Let us be angry, this is a crisis after all

The wind howled through camp the last two nights, hurling pine needles and poorly pinned laundry across the grounds. Spring is coming, but before the orange trees burst into flower I will be gone from this island. Providing the weather stabilises, we will be leaving on a ferry bound for Kavala tomorrow morning. Will I […]

The Days with no Boats

I’m sitting in the reception, a small brightly coloured room at the entrance of Pikpa. To my right is a pile of drums taking a break from their usual residence in evening drumming circles, landscaping sketches are taped to the walls behind me telling stories of beautiful things to come. This room is the hub […]

Uncertainty and Empty Oceans

Once a week I let go and get away. I escape to the relative normality of a cafe overlooking the ocean and I let the weight of the world fall on me. Sometimes there are tears, sometimes despondence. Usually I manage to get some work done in there too. Todays emotion of the moment is […]