Family Found: A Night With Dolly Parton and my Gran

Motley Columnist Alana Daly Mulligan gives us an insightful look into her relationship with her late grandmother, and how this this was reflected to her during a recent opportunity to meet country music star Dolly Parton Christmas is a time of year where we can all feel just a little lonelier than usual. Every advertisement boasts families celebrating, people falling in love, even just some … Continue reading Family Found: A Night With Dolly Parton and my Gran

Just Erasmus Things: Dealing with Reverse Culture Shock

  Holly Buckley talks us through the strangeness of arriving home from a year abroad and how to cope with the readjustment. We have all heard of culture shock – that emotional difficulty and stress that comes from moving to a foreign country with different people and different cultures and different everything! It can be very overwhelming at the beginning and it’s important to remember … Continue reading Just Erasmus Things: Dealing with Reverse Culture Shock

The Not-So Lonely Planet: Janice to Jetlag: Adjusting to the USA

  I kneeled on the hardwood floor of my room sobbing, looking at the cold body lying in front of me. She had been split into two halves, her dark-lined repository gutted and open; ready to be embalmed for our next life. Let’s talk about Janice. Janice caught my eye with her bargain price and offensively tacky appearance from the top shelf in Penneys. I wasn’t out of … Continue reading The Not-So Lonely Planet: Janice to Jetlag: Adjusting to the USA

So flippin’ French

Chloe Harte Stinky cheese, chic fashion and noir cinema: the ’30 seconds’ game description of France. However, does a stereotype detract from the value of a culture or does it merely serve as a signpost for navigating an unknown land? Gastronomically speaking, France stands up to every imaginable stereotype: mountains of cheese, fresh baguettes and the waft of croissant pastry tickling the taste buds of … Continue reading So flippin’ French

Tomislav Perko: Around the World in 1000 Days

Leah Driscoll chats with Tomislav Perko, author of 1000 Days of Spring, about his experience packing up and living a life of travel. Picture this: you’re a high-flying stockbroker. You’re only in your early twenties, yet things have already worked out pretty well for you. Your idea of a uniform is a suit and tie, and you’re making a delightful amount of money as you … Continue reading Tomislav Perko: Around the World in 1000 Days