Interviewed by Gutsy Living about my travels


Sonia Marsh is the creator of Gutsy Living.  She likes to seek out brave people and talk to them about their gutsy lives. Sonia’s pretty gutsy herself!  Her and her family moved to Belize for one year – she shared that gutsy experience with me here. Sonia’s book “Freeway to Flipflops” is about her experiences there – I interviewed her here once I’d read her indie memoir. Today it was my turn to be interviewed.  Sonia is intrigued about my container ship adventures and life abroad.  I share with her here a synopsis of the

Artist Mathew Halpin talks politics & Greece through his amazing art


Who is Mathew Halpin? His short bio from his site  describes him as: “…an Australian visual artist and qualified theater set designer. His theater work had him designing in opera, short films, dance and plays. Mathew has had many solo exhibitions and is at the moment looking for more mainly in Greece but also mainland Europe. Over the last ten years Mathew has lived in London UK, Tallinn Estonia, and Sydney Australia. At the moment he is living in Heraklion city (Crete), Greece and has settled there for a few years.” I had the fortunate

Travel Bloggers unite – in Greece!

Travel Bloggers Greece

Sunday 25th January 2015 is an important day in Greece with the elections, but for me, Sunday 18th January 2015 was the most important.  Why?  Because it was the first Travel Bloggers Greece meeting, in which we had an Introduction discussion,  brunch at the Grecotel Pallas Athena and a limo ride around town! What is Travel Bloggers Greece? The founding members are Marissa Tejada and Elena Sergeeva.  Both ‘expats’ – their profiles can be found here. Marissa Amongst other things, Marissa is a travel blogger at My Greece, My Travels and loves this country with

London Walking Tours – with a social conscience


I’ve lived in London in the past, but when you live in or are from a place, you don’t really see it.  That’s why now, whenever I return to the UK, I see it with a fresh perspective and have a better appreciation of it.  I am, in effect, a tourist in my country of birth. Unseen Tours Christmas period 2014 and I was staying with friends in London.  I’d heard about Unseen Tours, “a multi-award winning social enterprise which offers unique London walking tours led by homeless, formerly homeless, and vulnerably housed tour guides.”

Personalised Luggage – a review

Proud of my Personalised Luggage case.

I received a discount for this product in return for an honest review. My regular followers will know that I have re-branded from Leaving Cairo to Life Beyond Borders Blog.  As my site’s pimarily a travel blog, I decided I wanted to celebrate this re-brand by purchasing a personalised wheelie bag. What better way to showcase my site than wheeling around on public transport and at airports? Hmm, but where to buy one? As I’m based in Europe, I researched my options and came across some great U.S. companies, but shipping would have cost me

It’s All Greek – replica Greek artefacts for sale in central London


It’s All Greek is a specialist in fine replicas of ancient Greek art and jewellery who work exclusively with small, family businesses like their own. Their product range comes from a team of over fifteen such companies: currently 12 in Greece and 5 in the UK. Nothing is mass-produced.  Their shop is located in London, Bloomsbury—opposite the east corner of the British Museum to be exact (don’t mention the Marbles!) As a Grecophile myself, I came across them on Twitter and immediately fell in love with their philosophy: “Our aims are to nurture enthusiasm for the

A look around Tiverton, Devon, UK


I’d never really been a fan of Tiverton.  Nestled in mid-Devon, a county in the south-west of the UK, I can attribute my lack of enthusiasm for the place to having grown up as a teenager here in the 80s.  Anyone who comes from a provincial market town will tell you: being a teenager in the countryside isn’t all “Anne of Green Gables,” etc.  I was bored and couldn’t wait to get out of there. Tiverton in the Noughties Whether it’s age or nostalgia, one thing’s for sure: I quite enjoy coming back to Tiverton to

Meeting the Athens Insiders


Who are the Athens Insiders?  Their site describes them as Α dynamic travel company composed of a team of individuals with diverse life stories, interests, and passions, united by their love for travel. They are keen to offer visitors to Athens – and Greece – authentic experiences of their country, of which they are very passionate about.  Therefore, I was delighted when they offered me the opportunity to join their Tsipouro Tasting & Walking Tour in Athens.  I would be joining a German couple who had booked the tour – Athens Insiders are very good