Blogger, journalist, booklover, nethead, hobby philosopher, anglophile. Also fond of travel, dogs, food & wine, theatre, opera and all the good things in life. I'd be hard put to live without wifi, coffee and tea, but when I travel it tends to be for work - which means a bed, wifi and access to a shower and coffee/tea making facilities is really all I need. I love dogs, cats and horses, in fact I owe my life to my late dog, and am only happy to stay somewhere with pets. I don't smoke, but am not too fussed if people around me do. I've lived in London, Brighton, Hertfordshire and Oslo, stayed for longer periods in Palo Alto and Amstelveen, and travelled quite a bit for work, mostly in Europe, but also a bit in the US.