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For me, the best places to travel to over Christmas are ski resorts. My favourite spots have been Val Thorens and Andorra, but there are so many more places for non-skiers. St Moritz in Switzerland has a beautiful lake, the perfect site for winter walks. It also has a bobsleigh track for those interested in lessons. Zermatt in Switzerland also has a winter walking trail, and, with the highest cable car in Europe at 3883 m, it’s got amazing views over Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa. For those interested in culture, the town of Kitzbühel in Austria dates back to…

1.       Visit Sydney for the infamous Opera House or try the bridge climb over Harbour Bridge. A cheaper option is to climb the south-eastern pylon—only $13 and you’re allowed to bring your camera. Have a barbeque on Bondi Beach or try the Bondi to Coogee cliff walk. Less than an hour out of Sydney are the breath-taking Blue Mountains, perfect for a weekend hike. 2.       Byron Bay is the perfect hippie spot, full of weed smokin’ and tightrope walkin’. Visit the Main Beach and walk along to the lookout point, or go to the unofficial…

Vienna, an unusual city. Full of grandeur and tradition with modernity melding from every vicinage. I remember thinking – after I dived into Cafe Phil escaping a snow storm, sat on reclaimed art-deco furniture, surrounded by an array of literature, jazz and gentle tapping on laptops – that it’s my favourite cafe in Vienna. Outside the window it looked like a typical Viennese snow globe, especially when two women ran past in swirling ball gowns. Of course Vienna is famous for its Ball Season, hosting over 450 balls per year with 2,000 hours of dancing, the tradition still thrives in…

As university comes to an end and everyone starts to leave students residence to go back home for the summer, I now know how it feels to be that international student who lives on campus throughout summer. Nonetheless, spring is here and temperatures are hitting as high as 35 degrees along with the swarm of flies that constantly follow you wherever you go, and after six months here I have finally seen my first spider: a huntsman, extremely big and venomous looking, but completely harmless. You’re bound to find them everywhere, from the kitchen to one casually crawling along the dashboard…

All main cities in the UK have a Christmas market. From experience, Manchester and Leeds are great and offer lots of bratwurst and cheesy garlic breads. For the real deal though, hop over to Germany. Berlin is known to offer about 50 Christmas markets per year, while Nuremberg is famous for its 180 stalls. On the Saturday before the second Sunday in Advent, visit Dresden, where a massive Christmas fruit cake is paraded through the city and then cut up and distributed to the bystanders  Make the most of ice this winter. Go to an ice bar in Prague or…

This summer was awesomely insane. Can you imagine eating curry 3 times a day for 12 weeks with your hands? Or riding buses with no windows or doors? Have you ever tried walking in a Sari? I got dressed up to go to a wedding ceremony at 6am but spent most of the time wondering how women did their day-to-day activities like hand washing and cooking in a Sari when I was struggling to just walk. India is unlike any other place I have been. I went out to Tamil Nadu with Restless Development for 3 months as part of…

This Summer I did the old rite of passage Interrail-around-Europe thing. Starting in Amsterdam and making my way round to Paris via Brussels, Berlin, Prague, Slovenia, Venice, Milan, Switzerland, and Nice. As you can guess my Summer involved a lot of pizza, pasta, wine and peach flavoured ice-cream. I also did Switzerland proud and ate copious amounts of their speciality cheese fondue. It was faultless. My sunbathing days were unfortunately few and far between – Nice however was dedicated to acquiring the brown skin that had become the aim of our summer. Nice’s beaches were rocky – which can work…

Meet Ana, an English Language with Creative Writing Undergrad at Bangor, currently on a study abroad in the land down under. We’ll be hearing from her every issue as she fights with spiders, wild roos and tries to get to grips with the Aussie lingo. G’day… 28 hours and exactly 10.551 miles away from home, with no friends and family and with my whole life packed into 30kg, I set off for my year long adventure to the land down under. I held back my tears saying goodbye to my parents and friends at the airport as the realisation that I wouldn’t…

Me and my boyfriend took the ferry over to Belfast from Birkinghead for my Grandad’s 80th Birthday bash. We slept on the ship and when we woke up drove straight off to the family’s town. We visited Belfast and Newcastle, as well as a few small towns like Minerstown. We stayed in a beautiful 18th century property that we’d found through ‘Air B&B’. We struck gold with our hostess who used to run a café, so our daily ‘fry’ was delicious and we got a few tips for Irish baking. The countryside seems busy in Ireland. The skyline is dotted with different houses, the fields crisscross…

1. Book your flights either really far in advance or last minute. … or trains, or (mega)buses. You all know the drill that if you wait to book your train home ‘til the week before the price can be astronomical, but if you plan ahead and get it done months in advance you can lower the price for yourself a lot.  Obviously, sometimes you don’t know where you want to go nine months in advance so in this case look around on the Internet and ask at the travel agents to see what deals they have going. Be prepared to…

Don’t let being at Uni stop you embracing the travel bug. Here are ten must-see, easy to get to places for you to visit before you leave. Snowdon. You are privileged to have one of the magnificent three peaks right on your doorstep, so don’t waste the opportunity. There are routes to suit all walkers –the Pyg Track is the shortest but the Miner’s is generally regarded as one of the easiest. Whichever route you choose, you’ll always be subjected to the magnificent views and crisp mountain air that makes Snowdon such a popular destination. To get there, take the 85…

Sometimes airports are the only view you get of a country, a snapshot of a place blurrily imprinted on the back of your eyes as you try to get some sleep in uncooperative airport chairs. It’s a maybe-space… a little bit of isolation-temporal and temporary, not quite as real as the world beyond airport security. You do odd things like: buy ten bottles of wine and a Toblerone bar at duty-free; fit yourself and an unfeasible amount of luggage into a toilet cubicle; worry cyclically whether you’ve brought enough pairs of underwear. Dubai is one of my favourite maybe-spaces. I’ve…

Hedd Thomas, Seren’s Sub-Editor for Music covers one city in particular, Wrocław where he has lived in the past year. He believes the hidden gem makes for the perfect city break and encourages every Bangor student to visit! Wroclaw is a favourite city for Poles but little visited by foreign travelers except for Germans, who often go to discover their family roots. Wroclaw, after all, was a German area for hundreds of years and called “Breslau”, but became part of Poland following the Second World War. A host city for UEFA Euro 2012 and the European Capital of Culture 2016, Wroclaw…

Studying Abroad on the Island of Martinique North Wales may have Snowdonia, but I am doubting students are being served shark and octopus in Bangor. Studying abroad for a semester in the Caribbean, new and unusual food has become the norm for my stay on the Island of Martinique. I spend my Monday afternoons surfing and body-boarding on the Atlantic Coast and Fridays wake-boarding and Kayaking in the Caribbean Sea. Yes, my university here includes surfing and kayaking as actual classes. Summer lives on here throughout the seasons, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t spend a…

If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of the world. If you have money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change, you are amongst the top 8% of the world’s wealthy. If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week. If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the agony of imprisonment or torture, or the horrible pangs of starvation, you are…

There’s no way to write about Paris without sounding cliched. The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, walks along the river… it’s all been said and done a million times. But strangely, it’s exactly these things that drew my housemates and I to Paris in the first place. The only time any of us had been to the French capital was on school trips, an environment that tries to open your mind, but in reality is kind of stifling. There are definitely good reasons for this (I can picture my old Head of Year’s horrified face at the idea of any of…