Europe is made up of coffee houses, of cafés. These extend from Pessoa’s favourite coffee house in Lisbon to the Odessa cafés haunted by Isaac Babel’s gangsters. They stretch from the Copenhagen cafés which Kierkegaard passed on his concentrated walks, to the counters of Palermo. No early or defining cafés in Moscow, which is already a suburb of Asia. Very few in England after a brief fashion in the eighteenth century. None in North America outside the gallican outpost of New Orleans. Draw the coffee-house map and you have one of the essential markers of the ‘idea of Europe’.”

George Steiner, The Idea of Europe

Bike travels: A new chapter of my life, I bought some panniers and started some multi-day adventures. You can check

  • The report of my first adventure, (7 days solo, Summer 2017) across Northern Ireland, Ireland, Wales and England.
  • My adventure in the Balkans (9 days solo, October 2017). Report.
  • Tour de Morocco (10 days, with a friend). Report.

Eating the world in London: I challenged a friend to visit a restaurant of each country in the World in London. The challenge didn’t stick, so check my own attempt here (updated Feb/2018).