So, err, let’s try this again, shall we?

If I compared myself now to myself who started this blog five years ago, I suppose an apt title for this post could have actually been “Under New Management”. Like a restaurant undergoing the same change, I’m back with optimism and a new menu with some of the old classics. I’ve decided to branch out a bit into other aspects of my life that I am interested in, and hopefully, you are too.

You’ll notice that the home page is changed and that I’ve added a few more menus. It’s important to revisit your goals every so often and although I still love to go on an adventure, everyday life can be pretty great too. Like travelling and writing about it, I do not profess to be an expert in any one of these areas and quite frankly I’ve made up most of it as I go along but they are all things I am passionate about, spend a great amount of time doing and hopefully will resonate with you.

Food&Booze

This name is inspired by a tiny little, now-defunct restaurant in Lisbon that expertly combined a love of both eating and drinking. For me particularly, I enjoy cooking delicious food with simple ingredients and methods, and drinking delicious whisky and other booze while I do it. If you want to learn more about making meals ranging from a grilled cheese sandwich to a Christmas turkey, or the difference between an Irish and Japanese whisky, this is the place for you!

Photography

Travelling definitely inspired my love of photography, but while I’m not jet-setting I still love to snap pictures around London and other local places. This is simply a collection of my favourite photos and you can buy them as prints if you so desire! Proceeds will fund the Food&Booze section mostly…

Mental Health

I wrote a few years back about my own mental health and how travelling helped cope with it. The stories here will be personal and honest accounts of dealing with mental health and well-being and what I’ve learned since is that you can’t always get on a plane to outrun anxiety or depression and there are other ways of dealing with it. At the very least, I hope that they bring a better understanding of what it means to deal with mental health issues, and help others feel like they are not alone.

Books

I read a lot of books. Books about travel, cooking, writing, working, fiction books, biography books and mental health books. My goal for 2020 is to read thirty new books and I’ll be sharing my thoughts along the way. Hit me up in the comments with suggestions as well, as I’m always on the hunt for a new one. You can find my first list of travel book recommendations here.

Music

Music is extremely personal to everyone and often a very emotional experience. From playing the guitar, learning to write songs, attending gigs and everyday listening I find music brings everything I do together. This is by far my most experimental endeavour so bear with me as I will attempt to less verbosely articulate my own experiences with music. This will range from the best songs to cook dinner too, to the basics of recording a song and maybe even some music history. Like jazz music, there shall be no rules and it’ll largely be made up as I go along. Hopefully, it sounds good.

A really important aspect of all of this is that we’re going to have some fun. With anything, there’s no one right way to do it and I want people to get involved. Want to tell me how the way I did it was crap and there’s a better way? Cool, don’t be a dick and I’ll happily listen. Want to write about the niche history of the slide guitar? I can’t pay you but by all means, give it a go. You can get in contact here!