The Hogwarts Curriculum Lectures at the British Library

In late 2017, the British Library started an exhibition around the creation of Harry Potter. In order to promote it, a series of lectures revolving around subjects on the Hogwarts Curriculum were set up. I decided to go to a few as I'm interested in these subjects and to see how these subjects correspond to …

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Interrailing: 6: Love/Hate (Brussels)

Brussels was the last place on our itinerary and I still can't work out if I loved or hated it. Maybe it was fatigue at the end of a busy trip, but while I enjoyed a few parts of Brussels, there were some bits I would be happy never visiting again. Moving on from Antwerp, …

Interrailing: 5: Even in January (Bruges)

I felt at peace the moment I found myself back in Bruges. Inhaling deeply, feeling the cold, crisp air fill my lungs, I was calm. We were lost finding our way to the city centre, but as we wandered the streets, we found we didn't actually care that much. Even in the wind and rain, …

Interrailing: 4: Luxury and Style (Antwerp)

Fantastic. Inspiring. Brilliant. One word sentences kept flitting through my mind as my sister and I wandered around the Antwerp Zoo, fascinated at the spectacles before us. We had decided to spend the evening at the Chinese Light Festival, an event we had stumbled upon completely by accident. And what an accident it had turned …

Interrailing: 3: Geometric (Rotterdam)

Rotterdam was initially nothing like what I had expected. From my own research, I had expected the city to be a hub of liveliness and architecture, and as we wandered around, lost, all I saw was grey concrete everywhere. It was somewhat disappointing. After nearly an hour and a half of being lost, and two …

Interrailing: 2: Tronie (The Hague)

The Hague is described in many different ways. It's where the International Criminal Court is, so it's been described as the city of justice. It's where the official residence of the Royal Family is, so it's been described as the city of royalty. To me, it seemed to be the city of history. We only …

Interrailing: 1: City of Culture (Amsterdam)

Amsterdam is known for two things: sex and drugs. My sister and I knew this when we booked our trip, but we decided to take a different approach to Amsterdam. Instead of voyaging there for the Red Light District and the coffee shop culture, we wanted to experience as many cultural events as Amsterdam could …

What I’ve Been Reading Lately – January 2018

I was gifted a lot of books in December, and in January I couldn't seem to stop buying them! As a result I thought I'd share what I've been reading lately, and what I loved and didn't love. The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa. 5/5 Initially, I was attracted to this book because of …

How Much For: 11 Days Interrailing in Belgium and the Netherlands

For a hopefully budget adventure, this trip turned out a bit more expensive than we hoped! This trip was for my sister and I, so these costs would be divided between two. Travel: £442.21/506.19 euros. This includes our Interrail passes and reservations as well as what we spent on the trams in Brussels. In hindsight, …

Writing Update #14: Rewriting Inspiration

Although I decided to write more this year, so far it hasn't really been working out for me! However, although I haven't been writing a lot, at least there's been story planning, right? Since we last spoke I have been working on that anthology series I've been on about. It seems to be coming along …