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Cosmo-topia! 2011: Someone Explain Berlin

September 7, 2011


The skinny, kind of fey-looking guy on reception-duty at our hostel bobbed along to trance music as he took our passports. In only slightly-accented English he told us about such mundane things as laundry, check-out times and how you had to pay for breakfast. Meanwhile, another receptionist came up behind him, reached his arms over […]

Cosmo-topia! Schnitzelwirt—A Guide to Intense Schnitzel-Eating by Stephanie Rowe

August 30, 2011


I like to eat – I’m not going to lie. It is with great pride that I can say that there have been few dishes in my life that have defeated me. After recently spending time in Vienna I have unfortunately had to add another dish to my list, just below the extra large pizza […]

Cosmo-topia! Got the Munchies? Eat your Heart out in Amsterdam

August 10, 2011


A great-great grandfather of mine, Captain (and sometime smuggler) Rientsma, once punched a fellow sailor outside an Amsterdam brothel in an altercation concerning a prostitute. I have no idea whether this story is fact or fiction (stranger things have happened in my family), but it illustrates a point about the oft-maligned city of my birth: […]

Cosmo-topia! London-Luton: Mishaps in Border Security by Imogen Dixon-Smith

August 3, 2011


Border security is generally a rather uneventful process. You stand in line with a bunch of other disgruntled passengers, whose clothes still have that faint smell of aeroplane on them, shuffling forward every so often,  kicking your bags along the ground for the ride. Things get a bit more exciting when it is time to […]

Cosmo-topia! Ill de la Reunion: Not for the faint-hearted by Antonia Vann

July 28, 2011


So, quick debrief. Reunion Island is a French territory located in the Indian Ocean, close to Mauritius, to the east of Madagascar. We’re talking palm trees, flying fish, sparkling blue water and French-speakers. Everywhere. In fact, no one speaks English on this Island, not even in the tourist office. So, if you can’t speak French […]

Cosmo-topia! Travelling Alone and Meeting People: The strategies for success (or hilarious failure) by Daniel Shutt

July 24, 2011


Travelling alone can seem daunting at first. Just the notion of being completely dislocated from a carefully-constructed and -maintained social sphere can send people running for the nearest alcohol dispensary or purveyor of ice cream. But never fear, my esteemed peers! Brave men and women have trodden this path and survived and prospered. Unfortunately, the […]

Cosmo-topia! The Heineken Experience – A lesson in all things beer (and shameless advertising) by Imogen Dixon-Smith

July 19, 2011


To preface: This is written by a non-beer drinking cynic. If you find yourself in Amsterdam in the near-future and want to have the ‘Heineken experience’, your education awaits. I found the ‘Heineken experience’ easily comparable to your average day at school. It covers every subject a child needs for a well-rounded education, only this […]