Rail and Write is my online travel blog, with informative and original articles on places I have lived in and visited.
I am a young, aspiring travel writer with a keen desire to see as many places as my lifespan allows! Originally from a relatively-unknown (and for most people, unpronounceable!) part of Ireland called Laois (pronounced ‘leash’), I studied music for four years in university in Dublin before I moved to Burgos in the north of Spain to work as English teacher. After a year there I spent a year doing similar work in Huelva in the south of Spain, where I met my fiancée, a like-minded travel-lover whose blog can be found here. We now live together in Shangrao, Jiangxi Province in the south-east of China!
With an interest in cultures, languages, food and knowledge in general there are few things I love more than to visit new places and become familiar with them in as much depth and detail as possible, meaning that I aim to give my travel articles a personal touch whilst also including useful information for other potential holidaymakers and backpackers.
Away from travelling, music is my main passion in life. Having played the guitar from a young age, classical guitar is my main speciality (you can find me on YouTube at ‘Ciaran Elster’!) but I also play styles such as flamenco, blues, folk, rock and pop on acoustic and electric guitar as well as electric bass. When on the road I often like to take in a live performance or two, making music something of a recurring theme throughout my travel blog!
In my free time I enjoy many sports and outdoor activities as both a participant and a spectator, including athletics, rugby, football, Gaelic football, tennis, horse-riding, swimming, cycling and skiing. My current exercise-related hobbies are football, badminton (which I took up in China) and doing gym workouts.
To keep up with all of Rail and Write’s new articles, check out the oficial Facebook page, and if you want to get in touch with you can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to writing my own blog, some of my travel articles have been published on other websites:
As well as travel writing, I also write on other topics for Blasting News, a global social news website. My articles on Blasting News include pieces on sport, music, and education, and my profile can be seen at the following link:
Finally, I have done some writing for music and guitar-related publications, and have been published on the following websites:
Enjoy reading, and happy travels!