Talking Travel Writing at The British Museum

The British Museum

I flew over to London last weekend for a packed 3 days of events.

It was good to be back in one of the world’s truly great cities. My last visit was in 2016.

How Potsdam Shaped the Cold War World

The Cecilienhof, site of the 1945 Potsdam Conference…

I haven’t written a new blog in ages. Working on a book has kept me close to home this past year.

But I took an afternoon away from my desk last week to check out an exhibit on the painter Max Beckmann at Potsdam’s Barberini museum.

6 Months — No Justice in Europe’s Pirate State

It has been 6 months since Daphne was murdered in Malta

I still remember where I was when Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered.

I Had an Art Attack in Dresden

A Communist mosaic on the Kulturpalast reminds us that this was East Germany

My other reason for visiting Dresden was the art.

We stopped at the Albertinum on our first day in town to immerse ourselves in contemporary art, from the Romantic period to the present.

A Quick Trip to Dresden

Is that a Romantic hero from a Caspar David Friedrich painting staring pensively at the Elbe…?

I took the train down to Dresden a couple weeks ago.

It was very clean there, and at first this unnerved me. There wasn’t any litter or graffiti around the main station either, or in the old town. A very un-Berlin sense of order reigns.

Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life

Read this book: 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson

If you came to my work through the personal freedom or lifestyle design articles I’ve written here and in publications like Early to Rise, then this is a book you’ll want to check out.

Intoxicating Stories to Shake Up Your Evenings

These books belong on every serious drinker’s shelf…

Once upon a time, cocktail hour was an occasion. A sacred space.

When the work day ended, you visited your favourite bar to put a little distance between the office and home.

This was not excess; it was ritual. A quiet moment of reflection.

Krakow: Remembering the Dead and Celebrating the Living

“Dear Visitors, You are entering the site of the former concentration camp Plaszów”

“It must be up here somewhere,” I said, struggling through undergrowth that clung to my knees and shins. “The satellite photos showed a path running off to the left…”

Happy Berlin Anniversary to Me

Surveying my domain from the top of Viktoriapark, behind my flat…

Today marks a small anniversary in my world.

It was exactly one year ago — January 8th — that I moved to Berlin and started a new life-after-Malta.

The Best Books I Read in 2017

The Best Books I Read in 2017

It’s that time again.

I typically read about 100 books a year. Everything from travel literature to poetry, history, psychology, fiction and memoir.