Monthly Archives: May 2013

A visit to (the other) Cardiff Castle (Rousse)

I walked barefoot in my purple fleece pyjamas all the way to Cardiff. There I found the secret lane to the J family’s castle. The muddy track was littered with loose change that had been discarded by NJ’s teenage partying … Continue reading

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Natural sanitary products in store at Gayfield Square (Rousse)

As I stood at the pedestrian crossing on Leith Walk I noticed that a PhD student was also waiting to cross the road. “Have you been to the craft shop in Gayfield Square” she asked me. When I replied that … Continue reading

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Your computer, your holiday companion (Rousse)

The big news was that BB was taking his wife on holiday. My question was whether or not he was also taking a computer. I advised that he should not. Munching on a raspberry tart, he declared that wherever he … Continue reading

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A supper of puffin pie (Rousse)

The chef grinned widely as I complimented her on the delicious pie. “What was in it?” I asked. “Puffin” she proudly replied. Just in case you were wondering, there are real puffin recipes.

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An unwelcome extra in a New York fruit salad (Rousse)

JG brought me a delicious-looking fruit salad all the way from New York. When I took a mouthful I bit straight into something brittle. There was a shard of glass amongst the fruit! We needed to hold this as evidence … Continue reading

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Cooking up some Christmas crackers (Rousse)

My sisters and I were cooking gallons of soup, alongside hundreds of breakfast items, on the Aga at my parents’ house. The heat from the oven was almost unbearable: my Crocs offered little protection and I really needed to find … Continue reading

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The conference trap (Rousse)

I was trapped at yet another dreary conference for PhD students. By Day 2 most people had given up on the programme and headed back to their offices to get on with some “real” work. Unfortunately for me, I was … Continue reading

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