How To Do A 10 Point End Of Tax Year Assessment – Travel Blogger Style

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Africa, Asia, Cambodia, Continents, Egypt, Northern Ireland, Opinion, The Philippines, Worldwide Vacation

Happy New Year

Chinese New Year Sign at Le Creuset, Hong Kong

This week a brand new tax year started, and those in traditional jobs have been running year-end assessments and shuffling spreadsheets left, right and centre.

So I thought I’d do some rather taxing assessments of my own and calculate the 10 best things I’ve done this financial year, and their real value – monetarily and of course in less quantifiable ways.

Here they are, my top moments of the tax year ending April 5th 2013. According to my calculations it was a good one.

Top Ten Things To Do In Belfast

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Continents, Europe, Northern Ireland, Worldwide Vacation

Top ten things to to in Belfast

Have a pint of Guinness – surely one of the top ten things to do in Belfast?

I’d call Belfast Ireland’s underdog city. But let’s not forget that it’s not about the size of the dog in the fight, rather the size of the fight in the dog.

And while Belfast’s history is all about that fight, it’s the city’s present on which I’d rather shine a light – with this list of the top ten things to do in Belfast in 2013.

Politics, Pride & Paintwork – a Photo Essay of The Belfast Murals

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Continents, Europe, Northern Ireland, Photo Journeys, Worldwide Vacation

Comment on the Belfast Peace wall

Comment on the Belfast Peace wall

* Disclaimer* This post tackles a sensitive subject so I want to be clear about the fact that I’m not on the side of anything here, except peace.*

I went to Belfast to enjoy the city, to shop at the Christmas Market, drink in the bars, see the Titanic exhibition and explore the Antrim Coast – not just to dwell on The Troubles. But I don’t want to be ignorant of the truth behind any city, so just as I couldn’t visit Johannesburg without seeing Soweto I wasn’t spending time in Belfast without taking a Black Taxi tour of the Belfast murals, memorials and peace lines.

In Pictures – County Antrim’s Stunning Causeway Coastal Route

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Northern Ireland, Photo Journeys, UK Staycation, Worldwide Vacation

Carrick-a-Rede Coast

Carrick-a-Rede Coast

Think of Ireland and you’ll probably think of Guinness, green scenery –  and the Giant’s Causeway. But the famous Unesco World Heritage Site isn’t the only natural wonder this stretch of Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast has to offer.

So come along on a scenic Winter drive through County Antrim’s stunning sights, from frozen vanishing lakes to Shetland ponies, and see if you can spy Scotland in the distance …

How To Do Christmas, Belfast Style

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Christmas Travel, Europe, Food, Northern Ireland, Shopping

Christmas in Belfast

Christmas in Belfast

When I booked my flight to Belfast I was looking forward to a pre-Christmas weekend of shopping at the Continental Market and drinking Gluhwein and Guinness in equal measure whilst discovering the Yuletide side of the Northern Irish Capital.

I had no idea that my trip would fall on the most contentious weekend Belfast has seen in years. But despite the city being in the news for all the wrong reasons recently I loved my short break to the bright lights of County Antrim and I’m now well-versed in how to celebrate Christmas, Belfast style…