Nighttime in the Vatican Museum

The River Nile personified in stone.

I was in Rome a few weeks ago playing tour guide.

Now, I won’t play tour guide for very many people, but one of my oldest friends was visiting. It was her first trip to Europe, and Rome was the city at the top of her list.

Adrift in Europe’s Capital of Cool

Is this what it’s like to live in Berlin…?

A group of four shirtless guys sat on the grass, smoking pot and rolling a soccer ball in slow listless circles. Across the clearing, a man in a leather costume, with a mask and a long graceful tail, was pulling a two-wheeled cart. The lingerie-clad driver smacked him with the reigns and urged him to trot faster.

Getting the Drift in London

The Great Court of London’s British Museum…

I’d only been in London for a few hours, and I was already thinking I’d have to scrap a year’s work.

Adrift in Berlin

Outpost Winter 2019… Berlin, baybee!

The latest issue of Outpost hit newsstands across Canada a few weeks ago.

This time in my Adrift on the Continent column, I’m taking you to Berlin. Well, I suppose I should say “bringing you to Berlin”, since I live here.

A Shift in My Trajectory

Batten down the hatches… Hate mail on the way…

I’ve started writing a series of articles for an independent Maltese news site called The Shift.

One of the paper’s founders contacted me at the beginning of November to ask if I would comment on things that appear completely bizarre to an outsider, but which are accepted as normal in Malta.

Just Another Berlin Sunday

Sunday in the Tiergarten…

Sunday afternoon in the Tiergarten.

A group of four shirtless guys sit on the grass, smoking pot and rolling a soccer ball in listless circles.

Overshadowed by Nuremberg’s Dark Past

The unfinished Nazi Party Kongresshalle…

Nuremberg was once one of the wealthiest and most important trading centres in medieval Europe. And between 1050 and 1571, it was the closest thing to a capital under the Holy Roman Empire, seat of the imperial Diet.

Exploring Bamberg’s Unique Beer Culture

Bamberg: Germany’s biertown…

My friends called Bamberg “biertown”, and I would soon discover why.

We took the high speed ICE train down to this beautiful town in northern Franconia a couple weeks ago. It’s less than four hours from Berlin-Südkreuz to Bamberg, but I’d never been to Bavaria before.

Coasting With Jonathan Raban

Coasting by Jonathan Raban

In 1982, Jonathan Raban bought a wooden two-masted sailing boat and circumnavigated England in a slow, wandering, unhurried way.

He called this manner of travel “coasting”: moving along with the tide, letting the wind decide the direction of travel, and living “on the shifting frontier where the land meets the water and the water shades into the land.”

Travel Lit and The Mark of the Eland

I always find something amazing in the travel lit section…

My last London day was a short one. We had a flight to catch that evening, but there was still time to shift the scope of my trip back to books.