Taking the toys built for the boys: Merkur safety razor and Astra SP blade review

I have never been one to swallow the “pink it and shrink it” approach to selling products for women. I imagine a room of men (like Amy Schumer’s 12 Angry Men) sitting around table discussing how to make a product designed for men to attract women, deciding, that if a little pink is splashed on … More Taking the toys built for the boys: Merkur safety razor and Astra SP blade review

Covering my mistakes with a little less waste: White-out wars

I am a paper planner person. I am incredibly persnickety and particular about the planners I use, and I like neurotically like to make them look pretty when I use them. Thus, I have a slight dependence on correction tape for when I inevitably need to re-arrange plans and reschedule meetings. I had not given … More Covering my mistakes with a little less waste: White-out wars

Hanging with royal ghosts @ Hampton Court Palace

I am so lucky to live with two wonderful ladies. Together we make the unstoppable and delightful “Highgate Honeys.” Even after having [more than] a few beers at the pub last night, Nastassja and Emma were keen to get out and enjoy the rare sunny Sunday. Our destination for the day was the Hampton Court Palace, … More Hanging with royal ghosts @ Hampton Court Palace

Final taste of bike life: Portimau – Faro

The last bit of my journey was the least picturesque. While it started the same, with the classic magical elixir:  The rest of the day was a little bit grueling. I spent my last 90km along a pretty uneventful regional highway, passing by resort after golf resort, getting passed by RVs and transport trucks. Thankfully, there was … More Final taste of bike life: Portimau – Faro

The surf, the sun, and reaching the south: Carrapateira – Portimao

Travelling to the south-western nip of Portugal was a breathtaking journey. There was a lovely , quiet, “collectors” road beside the highway which made for smooth riding all the way to the tip. I stopped for snacks at a popular surf beach which was absolutely spectacular – perfect beach surrounded by stunning cliffs. It also … More The surf, the sun, and reaching the south: Carrapateira – Portimao

Mountainous switchbacks make powerful thighs: VN de Milfontes to Carrapateira

Another perfectly sunny day. I saddled up my pony and glided to a nearby town to check out a stunning view and drink a pair of espressos. It turned out that caffeine and bag of chips became essential fuel for the mountain switchbacks that were to come. At this point in my journey, I had decided … More Mountainous switchbacks make powerful thighs: VN de Milfontes to Carrapateira

Research turkey and super fun process evaluation: My PhD life

  I am the sort of person who usually stops the microwave with 30 seconds still on the clock, preferring to eat slightly cold food then wait a few moments longer. But I find myself in a field where good things take a long time. Perhaps my perspective is skewed, as a trudging PhD student, … More Research turkey and super fun process evaluation: My PhD life

An afternoon in the magical Vile Nova de Milfontes

It was a real treat to get to my campsite early in the afternoon and having a few daylight hours to explore the charming town and beach of Vile Nova de Milfontes. This little town is nestled on the Alentejo coastline with rugged coastlines and perfect sandy beaches. I spent a bit of time exploring the … More An afternoon in the magical Vile Nova de Milfontes