Cultural experiences and funny musings by two twenty-somethings living abroad

Have We Lost The Capacity To Be Alone?

“The capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. It may look paradoxical to you, but it’s not. It is an existential truth: only those people who are capable … Continue reading

June 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

May-hem in the UK?

I went through a number of emotions over the course of Thursday night – as the results of the British General Election were coming in.  I was enjoying a nice … Continue reading

June 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Hmsies Returns!

So, what have these 2 funny and amazing (or at least we’d like to think so) British expats been up to? Well, aside from sliding off the blogosphere for a … Continue reading

June 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

5 Great Things About Living in Germany

  (And no, Oktoberfest isn’t one of them!) Ok, so we know it’s Oktoberfest season, and Jasper has been enjoying his fair share of the beer and Pretzels, but we … Continue reading

September 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

Getting to know the Dutch: Part I

Do the Dutch really go Dutch? Are they that brutally honest, it makes your eyes water? And is everyone always high? As stereotypes go, the Dutch are famed for many … Continue reading

April 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

5 Easy Ways to Get Out of a Rut

So it’s the middle of April but how many of us are still feeling as if we haven’t quite shaken off the lethargic winter season? As our previous post, 5 … Continue reading

April 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

City Break: Maastricht

Think of weekend city breaks and you think of Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Rome etc. All beautiful places to visit of course but all of course with plenty of tourists and … Continue reading

April 7, 2016 · 2 Comments

Dutch Traditions: Carnaval Day!

So a couple of weekends ago, the two halves of Hmsies were finally able to meet up after 6 months (!) to celebrate Carnaval in the Dutch town of Tilburg, … Continue reading

April 5, 2016 · 1 Comment

Planning to study abroad? Here’s what you need to know!

So, me and Jasper have both decided to start our Master’s this year (or should we say now last year) and we are both doing it outside the UK. Jasper … Continue reading

January 5, 2016 · 2 Comments

What’s up, 2016?

So, we have made it to the other side (I must have called a thousand times!). New Year is upon us and with that, many new resolutions to be broken … Continue reading

January 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hmsies’ Guide To Oktoberfest

It’s beer o’clock! At least for this weekend before Oktoberfest comes to a close for this year! Seeing as Munich is where we first met, we wanted to write about … Continue reading

October 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

The curious case of the telepathetic psychic

So who believes in spirits or even the afterlife? I have to say that I have always been rather curious about this and so when I heard that my local … Continue reading

August 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Europe in Flux

It’s probably safe to say that Jose Manuel Barroso doesn’t envy Jean-Claude Juncker in his first 9 months as President of the EU Commission. Not only has the Greek economic … Continue reading

July 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

25 things we’ve learned in 25 years

Me and Jasper have both recently celebrated our birthdays and we decided to do a small summary of what we have learnt so far. We have found that there is … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · 1 Comment

Istanbul: My Turkish Delight

My first time in Turkey was an absolutely amazing experience and granted, it might not be everyone’s first choice of holiday destination (it definitely wasn’t mine at first!), I was … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

He said, she said – The Modern Dating Game

Since me and Jasper have had our fair share of relationships and we have always asked each other for advice to try and understand the opposite sex, we thought it … Continue reading

June 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

Party in the U.S.A : First impressions of America

One half of Hmsies was very lucky and recently got the chance to fly over to ‘Murica – Boston, to be more precise, over on the East coast. Having never … Continue reading

June 5, 2015 · 9 Comments

The UK Election Results at a Glance

A few months ago, we wrote that the 2015 UK General Election would be one of the most uncertain ever to take place in British history – and that is … Continue reading

June 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

Vanity Unfair: Why Cruelty Is Not A Fashion Statement

A few days ago, Olesya was doing a bit of online shopping and found a leather jacket she liked, but then began to wonder whether it was actually ok to … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · 3 Comments

How Cheryl Got The World Scratching Their Heads

A little logic problem has been making its rounds on the interwebs lately about the story of Cheryl’s birthday, and Albert’s and Bernard’s challenge to find out when it is. … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

No pain, no gain? Why some exercises might actually be bad for you!

It may sound a bit odd but I really never thought about the harmful effects of exercise before. We are all told to work out for the good energy, good … Continue reading

April 9, 2015 · 2 Comments