slow life changes

We are so glad to be home. The first thing I did after I kicked off my dirt-stained, well-worn leather Doc Martens boots was to grab my hastily retreating cat Richie and press my nose into his fur and cheek for a good long minute till he mewed. That’s enough, human. Reluctantly I let him go and lunged for my other cat Carter. He narrowly escaped.

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the sheer audacity of eating vegetables on holiday

Holiday eating usually leaves me feeling defeated, bloated, exhausted. Yes it was epic but like dating bad boys I wonder if there’s not something more fulfilling on the horizon. Recently I’ve tried to be more aware of what I’m eating and how my body is reacting as opposed to trying to stuff my face at every single restaurant because I’m only ever going to be there once. Also because “hmm, why not vegan or vegetarian food?” has piqued my tastebuds and cravings more often. Far from being left disappointed, I have found myself incredulously intrigued.

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Out of Office: Norman, Années de Pèlerinage

Norman has visited more than 50 countries and looks back on over 30 years of travel experience. When he is not reclining in the pool of a fantastic luxury hotel or exploring one of the most remote corners of this planet, you will find him writing about his experience on his blog, named after famous Hungarian composer Franz Liszt's famous set of three suites for solo piano called Années de pèlerinage, which roughly translates from French into ‘years of pilgrimage’. 

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Rocku Yakiniku, KL

You get to pick unlimited platters of different meats and seafood (win!) but on a timer of 2 hours and 10 minutes to finish your meal before the table was reclaimed. I’m not sure if this is how long the coal burns and they chase you out thereafter or whether it was to prevent people from sitting there all day eating a few meals for one price. Either way, 2 hours was a really long time to be cooking and eating. 

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how to do Dublin in 3 days

I'm drawn to the city's charm and the Irish warmth. And the accent! Even if I can't quite make out what they say sometimes. Furthermore I love the cold so Ireland is perfect for me. I visited in summer when it was 17°C in the day and blisteringly cold because of chilly winds, and I overheard a lady cancelling an order of cappuccino because it was too hot outside. Loooove it. 

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Out of Office: Natasha, NatashaAtlas

Hi! I’m Natasha Atlas and I’m a travel, entertainment and lifestyle blogger/vlogger based in London. I move from my hometown in the north of England to London in January 2016 for a travel job. I love film and TV as well as travel. I actually have a degree in TV production management. I have over 1000 DVDs plus Netflix and NowTV, yet I still can’t find a film to watch at night? I also love playing hockey, baking and of course travelling. I’ve seen half the states but I want to get more countries under my belt so I am currently challenging myself to go to a different country every month and keep my job. Just to prove you don’t have to quit your job to travel the world.

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Dean Hotel, Dublin

Without the Dean Hotel our Dublin trip would not have been quite so amazing, I think. Firstly the hotel location is absolutely fantastic. You're not right smack in the bustle that is Grafton street, which is a 5-10 min walk away. All the pubs and restaurants you'd want to visit are in the street behind the hotel, which you can access in a shortcut (left on Camden Plc).

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Chand Baori, Abhaneri

Quiet, dusty roads stretch into the distance, where only the only unit of measure one feels for distance is time, not kilometre. You can tell it’s hot, but inside the cool confines of a car the journey is almost pleasant. On the highway this far from Jaipur there aren’t any camels or elephants on the road any longer, and people are few and far in between. We’re on our way to the Chand Baori stepwell, 95km from Jaipur in the village of Abhaneri. 

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Switching from Canon to Sony mirrorless helped me travel better

The Sony A7RII mirrorless is the contender I’ve spent months agonising over. I’m sure you’ve heard about it, if not there’s tons of reading and reviews out there. The Canon or Nikon DSLR versus Sony mirrorless switch is a massive debate. If you are like me dabbling in digital cameras on a non professional level and trying to make the decision, let me tell you that there's only ONE pivotal question you really have to consider. 

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Shao Shao Ke, Taipei

Our meal at Shao Shao Ke was based on Shanxi Cuisine. Utterly delicious, this was a completely new insight for us into a really different style of Chinese cooking from Northern China. Shanxi cuisine is characterised by its use of vinegar locally produced in its region, with emphasis on meats like lamb, which hardly ever makes an entrance in Chinese cooking.

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how to get the most out of Jaipur

Being our first time to Jaipur and my first time to India, we knew that it wasn’t going to be possible to enjoy a lot of things if we hadn’t done any basic planning. India is one place where if you don't have a local guide, you’re missing out a lot because nothing makes sense and everything is wholly unfamiliar.

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