2012 in pictures

Well, this is my 100th blog post and it’s the end of the year so I thought I should do some kind of retrospective. It’s been a very different year from 2011, when I lived in Shanghai. Here are some aspects of 2012 that I managed to document in between moments of actually living my … Continue reading

Derelict buildings in Siracusa

There were loads of derelict buildings in Siracusa. They were beautiful, I couldn’t stop taking pictures of them. This is by no means an exhaustive collection.


Last year I lived on the 25th floor of a skyscraper in Shanghai. This was the view from my flat: Now I live in Siracusa, Sicily. This is the view from my flat: Next year: TBC.

Museo Archeologico

Living in a city full of major archaeological sites is not doing anything to quash my delusions that I am, in fact, Indiana Jones. Ah, so he’s a fictional character, and a male one at that – these facts do not stop archaeology students writing ‘love you’ on their eyelids and blinking at me as … Continue reading

Puppet Museum

When I first moved to Siracusa in February, I lived on Piazza San Giuseppe, home of the Museo dei Pupi (Puppet Museum). For some reason I never actually went inside until I moved to my current flat (okay, it’s less than ten minutes’ walk away…) and had visitors who wanted to go. It was €3 … Continue reading

Coastal Path etc.

Some things which have happened lately: a cyclone,  cherry and lemon ice cream, celebrating St Patrick’s Day, a walk along the coastal path, sandwiches and beer by the sea, a concert at the Temple of Apollo, dinner at Maria’s, sitting in the sun a lot, coffee (as always), exploring a mini Roman theatre, making plans … Continue reading


Foolishly forgot to bring any pencils with me so decided to paint straight on with watercolour then draw over the top with pen. No scanner here so apologies for picture quality.

Santa Lucia Market

Yesterday I went to the market at Piazza Santa Lucia. This place is going to be my downfall. Despite having lived in four different countries in the past four years, I am, deep down, a hoarder. A collector of pointless crap that I don’t need. But I’m living in a new place that I want … Continue reading


I’ve been in Siracusa for almost two weeks now. I live next door to one of my work colleagues, who happened to do her CELTA course at the same place as me (St Giles, Brighton) a month after I did. Yesterday we went to the market and were sold seven fennels* for a euro because … Continue reading

Voyage to Siracusa

I wrote this on Saturday February 11th but didn’t have internet so couldn’t upload yet. All my trains were delayed as I made my way to Gatwick Airport from York this morning. There was a point when I was stuck waiting at London Bridge staring at the information for the trains to Gatwick – cancelled, … Continue reading