40 North Entrance

Find Your Foodie Fix at 40 North

If you’re rushing from one Isle of Lewis tourist spot to the next – and there are plenty sites to see – you might just miss the road-side sign for 40 North Foods. Based in the small village of Bragar, this small independent take-away business operates out of an old loom shed, and boasts culinary…

Photo credit: Paul Winch-Furness

Drinking in the Sunset at Aqua Shard

The elevator had only one option.  After shooting upwards so fast it made my ears pop, the lift deposited us on the 31st floor of London’s tallest building, out into the entrance of one of the city’s loftiest bars: Aqua Shard. At almost 310 metres, The Shard is the tallest building in Britain, a sharp…

Making dumplings

Mid-Autumn Merrymaking for China’s Moon Festival

My first Moon Festival celebration was a mix of east and west, traditional and modern – much like my ex-pat experience in China as a whole.  Falling in September 2010, a month into life as a teacher in Tianjin, the Moon Festival was my first (and very welcome) Chinese national holiday. The Moon Festival, also…

The Power of Girl

Admiring Street Art in Shoreditch

From the fashionable hipsters who call it home, to those who decry the district’s changes, it seems that, good or bad, everyone has something to say about Shoreditch. This area of London’s East End divides opinion, and I fell on the positive side of the pendulum.  Craft coffee shops, cool restaurants, and pop-up boutiques, brought back down…