Citybreak: Lisbon

Citybreak: Lisbon

Eating Out On almost every street in downtown Lisbon, local restaurants abound with cheap and cheerful menus, catering mainly to families. Over the street from where were staying, in a small bedsit apartment at street level, there were half a dozen such restaurants barely the size of a living room, sparsely furnished with simple formica [...]

The Walkie Talkie

Arguably one of the ugliest buildings in the world, the Walkie Talkie affects me like a bad haircut. But it is certainly distinctive and having walked past it every working day for around five years, I actually started to find it ... interesting. Certainly when you take photos, it changes depending on the time of [...]
Ramshackle northern Cyprus

Ramshackle northern Cyprus

This photo brought back very fond memories of a holiday we had a few years ago in northern Cyprus. We would find all sorts on the roofs of houses there. Whereas the southern side was full of fish n' chip shops, the north had a more frontier feel to it. This photo captures something of the ramshackle, [...]
Inspired by clouds

Inspired by clouds

Last year I wrote about why booking too far in advance can be dangerous for your business, and this concept of margin so eloquently captures what I had recognized had been my problem: I was so booked up with clients that I wasn’t leaving any margin for error, growth, planning, or reflection.

This Could Be Rotterdam

This Could Be Rotterdam

Port of Rotterdam Authority tower I have always associated trips to Rotterdam with gloomy industrial installations and lots and lots of oil tankers and barges. That association is not entirely wrong.  Rotterdam is the world's largest port, or at least it was until recently when it got overtaken by Shanghai. It is huge, and the [...]
When you are alone

When you are alone

When you are alone for days or weeks at a time, you eventually become drawn to people. Talking to randos is the norm. I’ll never forget the conversation with the aquarium fisherman, forest ranger, and women at the Thai market. It’s refreshing to compare notes on life with people from vastly different backgrounds.