New Orleans. Part 1: What the Guidebooks Don’t Tell You.

New Orleans, a unique American port city on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River.  Well known for its rich Creole culture, famous carnivals and French and Spanish architecture.  It’s suffered a turbulent history with the American civil war, and in recent years, hurricane Katrina.  Although at times chaotic, this hasn’t swayed the attraction to this city in Louisiana also famous for its cuisine, music scene and southern hospitality…

Sounds like a lovely entry into a travel brochure if you’re thinking about your next holiday destination, doesn’t it?

This was also my impression of this city having never visited, and quite frankly, never fancied it.  However, earlier this year a very good friend of mine from London went on an extended holiday to NOLA and invited me down to join her.  So within 24 hours of having that conversation I was on a plane to holiday in America for the first time in well over a decade. Continue reading

Me So Horny!

Me so horny, me love you long time. You party?

Yes readers that was the first line to grace my Tinder profile. Not the most romantic of opening lines, but what’s love got to do with it? With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I’m sure love is the subject on everyone’s mind.  Single, married or in a relationship whatever your status Valentine’s Day is thrust upon us (no pun intended).  The shops fill with garish pink and red crap adorned with love hearts, all there for you to purchase for your sweetheart to show them how much they mean to you on this bullshit holiday.  I sound rather bitter, however I assure you I’m not.  I’m just contemplative.  I’ve been single for nearly 3 years now, please guys, I’ll not have any looks of pity from any of you I’m actually happy where I am at the moment (nervous laugh). I was a serial monogamist for nearly half of my life and I didn’t feel like I was getting anywhere. I wanted to break free from the cycle and it was Tinder that was the catalyst to help me find a new form of freedom and expression. Continue reading

The Hippie, the Neo-Nazi and the Exorcist

The Hippie, the Neo-Nazi and the Exorcist…sounds like the start to a bad joke. I actually made a sarcastic comment this past weekend to a girlfriend of mine about how my next post should be about how I have a tendency to meet such idiosyncratic types.  It’s no joke, I really do, and I think you’ll find it rather interesting.  Here’s my story of how meeting these characters have played out over the past 6 months.

The Hippie

Last July I spent a weekend away to leave the hectic grip London had over me, as I wanted space to think about whether to continue with the visa sponsorship at work.  So I escaped to Devon in the south western part of England.  The town I visited was recommended by a good friend and had a direct train from London so was easy to travel to in a few hours. Walking down the High Street I understood what my friend meant when she described the town as having a bohemian vibe full of spiritual types, where I could find a yoga class or Continue reading

The Space in Between

Hey guys, it’s Flo.  As the dust settles with my indefinite move to Toronto and the holiday celebrations have come to an end.  The sun has set on another year, a new one has dawned and as a result has triggered some introspection in me.

2016 has been an eventful one, with the last few months being very strange. I’ve been too busy to even think about much and have been operating on auto pilot; working like mad at the office then suddenly stopping. Straight onto attending various Christmas parties, packing up my life, saying goodbyes, getting on a plane, and then arriving in Canada to the open arms of my family.  The manic nature of London is behind me, but there’s no rest during the holidays. So it was straight onto family reunions, loads of food and merry making with friends.  Now, just under two weeks into life here and I’m only just having some time for reflection.

I feel like I’m in this weird timeless vortex.  The strange and quiet space in between the start and the finish.  The midway points that we eventually forget about years down the Continue reading

Video

Merry f*ck!ng Christmas

Hey guys, its Flo.  I know its been a while since my last post, but I’ve got a really good reason for my absence.  Watch my video blog for the news (obv my first time recording, held my phone the wrong way! Don’t judge)

Much Love Flo xxx