Harry Potter: House of Minalima
December 29th, 2016

If the Warner Bros Studio Tour wasn’t awesome enough, a Harry Potter pop-up exhibit opened right in Soho. The team of graphic designers that brought the Wizarding World to life converted their House of Minalima into a free exhibit of their work.
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DIGM Gathering 2016: Reading Terminal
December 26th, 2016


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Iceland: Missed Connection
December 19th, 2016

On my way home for Christmas I had a connection in Reykjavik. A good opportunity to stock up on some Sirius chocolate, I thought. Well my cheap-ass budget airline was delayed two hours out of London and I missed my short connection to New York. I’d get on another flight, I expected, except WOW Air only flights one evening flight a day, and it had already left. I’d have to stay in a hotel over night for a 3pm flight the following day. What does one do with 12 hours in Iceland?
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Portugal: Porto
November 18th, 2016

Porto is a city of tiles. I came here for a quick weekend break with two friends. I admit I didn’t learn much history on this trip, but I saw a lot of beautiful tiles, ate lots of good food, and drank lots of eponymous port.
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Slovakia: Hiking in the High Tatras
September 4th, 2016

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I came to Slovakia because I was desperate to hike somewhere interesting on my own. Despite a rainy weather forecast, I decided to hit the trail anyway. The High Tatras are perfectly set up for solo-hiking, it’s well marked, there’s transport at the trailheads, and there are lodges along the way to stop or stay at.
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Slovakia: Zdiar
September 3rd, 2016

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Zdiar is a small village near the norther boarder of Slovakia in the foothills of the High Tatras. I decided to plan a trip here because I really needed a logistically interesting solo-trip and a good walk in the mountains. I had never heard of this area before, but man was I not disappointed. Look at it!
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France: Afternoon in Paris
September 2nd, 2016

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My last afternoon in France was spent in Paris. I took the train from Bayeux and arrived with no plan in mind other than that I would walk around avoid the urge to do a grand tour. I managed to take the Metro a few stops closer to the river, which I was nervous about for some reason. I may still be re-living the embarrassment of getting stuck in the ticket gate here ten years ago, only to get pushed through by a very annoyed Parisian commuter.
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Normandy: Utah Beach
September 1st, 2016

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On the second day of my trip, I set out for Utah Beach, the place my Pop-pop landed on D+8, the start of his long tour in Europe. Even though Bayeux is considered to be one of the main towns from which to access the Normandy Beaches, Utah Beach proved to be much farther away (by bike) that it seemed. To account for this I elected to take my bike on the train to Carentan (most of the way) and cycle to the coast from there. The only issue was that the first train didn’t leave until noon and I, being me, rented the bike out at 8am sharp.
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Normandy: Bayeux Catherderal
August 31st, 2016

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The Bayeux Cathedral dominates the center of town and it’s really striking every time it comes into view.
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France: Bayeux – Normandy
August 31st, 2016

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I only stayed in Caen for the morning because my main destination was the farm more charming town of Bayeux. Bayeux has a long and interesting history: the first Norman King (and ancestor of like every single European monarch), takes his wife from Bayeux, the priceless Bayeux Tapestry is housed here, and during WWII it was the first town to be liberated during the Battle of Normandy. It’s also extremely cute.
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