Neil’s guide to Tirana, Albania

Following on from my Guide to Sofia, here’s another Balkan city guide. It’s nowhere as comprehensive as my guide to Sofia, as I only spent 5 weeks in Tirana. However, hopefully it will prove useful if you’re visiting this vibrant city, in this beautiful, friendly, oft-misunderstood country. Let’s start with the most important thing – […]

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Happiness

Last week I sat in a sunny, leafy street in a suburb of Sofia, eating tapas with my friend, Uwe. We don’t know each other particularly well, but bonded over our recent experiences of moving to different countries, the nature of friendship, making decisions to prioritise happiness over wealth and accrual of material stuff, and […]

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Laptop Friendly cafes in Sofia, Bulgaria

When I first moved to Sofia I was often looking for places in Sofia to sit down and do some work, and I often struggled to find them. So I created this map, but it’s here for anyone to use. I haven’t visited all of these (many are taken from other lists and suggestions I […]

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Neil’s Guide to Sofia

Neil’s Guide to Sofia I’ve been spending increasing amounts of time in Sofia with my company, RampTshirts.com, and am considering spending more time here in the future. Since I’ve been visiting here I’ve been collecting information for visiting friends that I’ve kept in a private document. I thought it might be worth sharing publicly in […]

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RampTshirts.com update

I’m currently receiving a lot of traffic to this blog that I think is more about my startup, RampTshirts.com, than about my personal thoughts. If you’re interested in the business, then check us out. We’re a Cardiff t-shirt printing service for startups, teams and events that uses technology to make the whole process quick and […]

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Sofia, so good.

I’ve bought a one-way ticket, and I’m moving to Bulgaria. (For a few months, at least. I’ll be back. I just don’t know exactly when). There are multiple factors that have led me to head to Sofia, but hopefully this blog will answer a few of them, should you be interested. 1 – Work.  Towards the […]

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Cardiff to London train costs. Are they damaging Welsh SMEs?

I’m currently spending Monday to Friday in London, making a regular dawn commute on Monday mornings, and returning late on Fridays. It means that I’m spending a lot of time on the M4, and seeing a huge amount of stationary traffic. However, for various reasons this week it made sense for me to get public transport, […]

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ICT (“It’s Called Tech?”)

I’ve just read an article on WalesOnline about the need for a culture of “entrepreneurship and ICT”. I fundamentally agree with it, and I must say up front that this isn’t a criticism of the article’s author, who is the director of recruitment firm Acorn. I know next to nothing about the terminology used within recruitment, […]

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If you love something, set it free.

If you love someone (or something), set it free. Or so said it’s been said. Possibly. I’ve just spent some time clicking around the absolutely beautiful new Ignite Cardiff website, marvelling at how gorgeous everything looks. Excellent work by Karolo, it should be noted. The website, venue, production values, attendee numbers (and pretty much any […]

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