About me

A European mongrel is what I call myself. Born in Ireland to a German mother and Dutch father, I have lived in and travelled to many places both in Europe and around the world, but I have yet to find a place I call home.


I am an enthusiastic high school English teacher, currently teaching in NSW, Australia, where I have been living for the past three years.

I am an avid reader, my mum used to ration me to one book a day when we went on holidays when I was younger. I love travelling, food, meeting new people and experiencing new cultures and ways of life.

I started this blog in 2009 when I lived and worked in Sri Lanka for six months as a  thumb_IMG_1124_1024journalist. It was originally a series of musing and observations that I wrote down and sent to family and friends and eventually – on someones recommendation – it morphed into a blog. It is now a compilation of my interests, ramblings and hobbies.

I hope you enjoy reading it and do drop me a line if you have any questions or comments. I’m always happy to hear from people.



2 responses to “About me

  1. The Street Food book, when you looked through it, which entries most surprised you? Did they list Jakarta or Colombo at all? Speaking of Colombo, the photo of you, was it taken at Galle Face? I was there in January 2008, and it seemed many of the locals were a bit afraid to go out and “be,” due to daily threats of bombings. Then, three years later, Galle Face was hopping, kids were swimming, and I stumbled upon some damn good savories that seem like the vendors just dipped batter into the sea and said hey, that’s how we should roll. The ones with crab in particular…anyway, you also said the word “chuffed” in your Greece post, so I dig it.

    • Glad you liked the post. The book is pretty amazing with some great recipes and where to find them in the country/city. There were no real surprises, they got it pretty spot on. Yes Colombo is listed with a recipe for Hoppers – there were a few entries from Indonesia, but can’t remember what food off the top of my head. Funnily enough Sri Lanka is going to be my next entry, I’m going to attempt to make Hoppers and I also want to make my favourite Sri Lankan street food, Kottu Roti, it’s just so good! Well spotted the picture of me was taken on Galle Face. I was there in 2009, a month after the war ended, it was OK to walk about but I remember we were still stopped by the military that day to ask for ID, where we were going and what we were doing. It’a an amazing country though.

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