Entries by Ruadhán MacFadden

Building the BJJ Travel Phrasebook

About a month ago I had the idea of compiling a multilingual phrasebook for travellers interested in training, teaching, or competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu around the world. BJJ is, after all, a remarkably international sport – as even a quick glance into the BJJ Globetrotters Facebook group will show – with hundreds, possibly thousands of […]

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Breakfast in Georgia is an exercise in physical endurance. This has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of the food – indeed, by the end of my two weeks there, I was a firm proponent of the belief that Georgian cuisine is some of the most unique and richly flavourful on the planet – […]

Figs and Earl Grey on the Open Steppe

I ended up in Kazakhstan essentially by accident. Over the past few years I’ve found myself getting a lot of travel ideas from books, and as a result ended up everywhere from megalithic temples in Malta (thanks to “Empires of the Sea” by Roger Crowley) to primeval forests on the border of Poland and Belarus […]