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My Canada A-Z

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Canada, Continents

Canada

I’ve been living in Canada for a year now and am endlessly fascinated by the little differences in language and culture I come across - and I finally get why Brits living in North America seem to develop that strange hybrid speech pattern that may be easy to ridicule but which I’ve learned is entirely necessary in order for those around you to understand what on earth you’re actually talking about.

So here’s a highly personal and lighthearted look at some of the day-to-day words, terms and phrases that may not be what an English girl like me is used to, but help define my time here in Canada…

My Cambodian Cooking Class

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Cambodia, Continents, Food, Worldwide Vacation

Shopping for vegetables in Siem Reap's local market

Shopping for vegetables in Siem Reap’s local market

Regular readers might have noticed that I tend to take a cooking class in almost every destination I visit; for me there’s now better way get under the skin of a country than to find out about the food.

Nowhere does this thrill me more than in South-East Asia, where a morning spent at the market and an afternoon (let’s face it, sweltering) in the kitchen adds a different dimension to the destination.

Whilst in Siem Reap I took a class at the renowned, locally-owned Tigre de Papier cooking school, and came away with a new sense of respect for Cambodian cuisine  - and a much better handle on how to prepare one of my favourite South-East Asian desserts, Mango and Sticky rice

The Most Unusual Souvenir I Snapped Up In Slovenia

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Food, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Slovenian hand-crafted knives

The story behind these hand-made knives makes them an even better souvenir

Do you love souvenir shopping on your trips too? There’s something special about collecting treasures from our travels which keep the memory of the place we visited alive long after we return home.

Going to an unusual locale invariably means extra items come home with me – typically I’ll go for something I can wear and something I can eat – so I’ve brought everything from a handbags to hams and t-shirts to tea bags back in my suitcase.

But on my recent trip to Ljubljana I stumbled on possibly the most wonderful souvenir I’ve ever snapped up, with a story to match…

Luxury Dining in Ljubljana – 3 Superior Spots To Eat in Slovenia

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Food, Ljubljana, Opinion, Slovenia, Worldwide Vacation

Amuse-bouche at Grostilna Na Gradu

Amuse-bouche at Grostilna Na Gradu

Food can make or break a destination. I remember my first trip to Portugal, when I was distinctly underwhelmed by the food – and as a result didn’t venture back for years (though when I did I found its foodie side.)

When planning my trip to Ljubljana I wasn’t sure what to expect from Slovenia’s restaurant scene, but I certainly didn’t expect this

My 5 Favourite Ways To Save Money on Travel

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Opinion, Travel Trade Talk

bargains in Hong Kong

Bargain Hunting in Hong Kong

Apart from talking about our favourite destinations, where we’ve just been and where we are planning to go next, there’s another topic that comes up when we travel bloggers get together, and that is how we save money – or try to – when paying for travel.

We all want to be canny with our cash but we still gallivant all over the globe as much as possible; as frequent travellers we know that a little saving here and there can add up to an entire bonus trip we couldn’t have afforded otherwise.

These are my personal 5 favourite ways to save money on travel, things I’ve been doing for years and will probably always try before booking at full price…

Ljubljana By Numbers

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana

Fresh fruit at a Ljubljana market

One of my favourite ways to discover a new destination is to take a tour  - usually not long after arriving – to help me get my bearings and create some context to my new home, even if I’m only in town for a couple of days.

I’ve tried everything from food tours and cycle sightseeing to art walks and hotel hops, and on my latest city break to Ljubljana I learned a few fascinating facts and figures on a walking tour of the town’s pretty pedestrianised centre. Here’s an at-a-glance guide to Ljubljana with 15 key facts and figures I learned whilst walking…