Cold Exposure Therapy – Escaping the Comfort Zone

DESPITE BITING POLAR WINDS skimming the crust of snow off the surface and stunning scenery atop the Nevis range in the highlands of Scotland, I could be forgiven for having a wandering mind.

Skiers garbed in their expensive ensemble mumbled to one another, trailed by tiny tots who pointed to the figure emerging from the cable car, like an alien from a foreign craft.

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How To Be Teetotal Abroad (Without Being a Dry Shite)

It’s been eight months since I had me some booze.

I’ve been in Colombia for seven of those eight months. Living in a foreign country, with the many cultural differences, not least language issues, has been difficult. Throw into the mix that I initially didn’t know a soul here and you get the idea of how time can drag. Read more

The Delay of Death

The Delay of DeathAbout a couple times each year I clean up my list of Facebook friends.

Solo travel for nine months in 2013/14 meant that I met a lot of people on the road. Many of these were token adds, promising to meet further on our journey.

This week I decided it was time to streamline my news feed for people I actually consider friends. Read more

Dreaming of Lucidity

I’M NOT GOING to lie.

Living in Colombia for the past seven months hasn’t been a bed of roses. Socially, it’s been a challenge to meet new people.

I don’t have an office job. I work remotely from home or the nearest cafe. Also, I don’t go to a language school, preferring instead to learn spanish by osmosis – thank you trashy telenovelas. Read more

How To Break Your Wrist

APPROACHING EXAM TIME, I figured it might be a good juncture to offer up a ‘How-To‘ article, especially for students suffering burnout and searching for a way out of the annual misery that accompanies end of year school term.

To buy yourself more time to study properly – really properly this time, honest – here is a fail safe guide, designed by a seasoned exam dodger and broken bone specialist. Been there, broke that. Read more