Lake Erie with a Weird Uncle and a Giant Teddy Bear

I like quiet places. I like libraries and bookshops, I like cycle rides into fields full of cows and big skies, and I’m pretty sure I’d love the eerie aftermath of a nuclear explosion. And talking of eerie, I also liked Lake Erie, the smallest of the Great Lakes in Canada/America. It was peaceful, in…

Language Problems Ordering a Subway

Language problems are an expected part of travel. You find yourself thousands of miles from home, in a country that has an entirely different alphabet to yours — usually a more beautiful one with lots of extra curly bits — and trying to communicate is a problem. You’d probably turn to your phrasebook, or speak…