The Lake Below the Glacier

The Lake Below the Glacier

We had been in New Zealand for a bit over a week. Our Juicy Camper had carried us from Auckland, through Middle Earth and across the Strait to the South Island. We’d pointed further south along the rugged West Coast…

Parthenon Pinball Wizard

Parthenon Pinball Wizard

When you think of Athens, there is a fair chance that your mind will wander, fairly directly, to pictures of great architecture beneath stark blue skies. You might picture a buzzing square and a crowded café. You’d be remiss not…

Wars and Walls in Berlin, also a cauliflower.

Wars and Walls in Berlin, also a cauliflower.

Berlin has always been a source of curiosity for me. As a student, I studied the city as a centre of conflict and turmoil across two global conflicts and into the Cold War, so naturally, I was eager to spend…

Tea Time in the Sri Lankan Highlands

Tea Time in the Sri Lankan Highlands

Tea is one of those drinks that everyone is happy to talk about. Every person you meet has an opinion on it. How to drink it, how to prepare it, when it should be consumed; even how it should or…

Busted Flat…

Busted Flat…

The song ‘Me and Bobby McGee’ was originally written and performed by Roger Miller, although you might recognize it from Janis Joplin, Kris Kristofferson or any number of other artists. I’ve always loved the song and it is one of…

Fox Glacier Ice Climbing

Fox Glacier Ice Climbing

I love rock climbing. My rapidly, prematurely ageing frame doesn’t necessarily love that I love rock climbing, but it’s still one of my favourite adventures! The challenge is a thrill, the technical aspect is exciting and beating a route either…

Fes: Lost in the Medina (Part 3 – exploration)

Fes: Lost in the Medina (Part 3 – exploration)

  This blog is a continuation of last week’s blog. Haven’t read the first bit? Catch it here! The second bit is here! Having spent a couple of hours investigating the tannery, we changed direction and headed deeper into the walled…

Fes: Lost in the Medina (Part 2 – Tannery)

Fes: Lost in the Medina (Part 2 – Tannery)

      This blog is a continuation of last week’s blog. Haven’t read the first bit? Catch it here!   The next morning, we enjoyed the first of many delicious Moroccan breakfasts in the courtyard as we planned the…

Fes: Lost in the Medina (Part 1 – Arrivals)

Fes: Lost in the Medina (Part 1 – Arrivals)

We arrived in Fes on our second day of driving around Morocco. The first day took us from the capital, Rabat, via the northern Port of Tangiers on the Mediterranean coast and south to the Blue City of Chefchaouen (you…

Essaouira – In Search of a Dream.

Essaouira – In Search of a Dream.

We expected a lot out of Morocco. The weight of expectation has built, for me, for over 20 years from the first time I imagined wandering through a crowded medina in Marrakesh. It has been so long since I began…

An American Musical Itinerary

An American Musical Itinerary

After any significant trip, I try to post an itinerary that reflects the journey we’ve taken. During our most recent sojourn to the United States of America, however, our main goal was to visit family, so an itinerary would lack…

Investigating the Ivy League

Investigating the Ivy League

One reason (read: excuse) for the pathetic lack of consistency in my upkeep of this little blog project over the past year or so has been my other (or more aptly, actual) job. I spend much of my time pretending…

View from a Room/ Welcome to Hanoi

View from a Room/ Welcome to Hanoi

In the corner of the room, close to the window was an armchair. It was black, adorned with metal end-caps on the armrests, and a large pillow decorated with gold embroidery which was slightly too large to be useful. I…

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