Visit Palestine

Visit Palestine is a popular souvenir poster that you can buy everywhere in the Old City of Jerusalem but it's not really something considered seriously by most tourists. The Israeli-Palestinian issue has been such an ongoing conflict that a lot of people don't really take a second to look beyond the images they see on … Continue reading Visit Palestine

The Holy City

Jerusalem is a pretty magical place. It has by far the deepest, darkest and most impressive history of any city in the world. It has been placed under siege 23 times, attacked 52 times, captured/recaptured 44 times and destroyed at least twice, which kinda says enough! As an intersection of the three monotheistic religions, Judaism, … Continue reading The Holy City

Africa appreciation post

After 4 months on this continent, I'm not sick of it yet. In fact, I've fallen in love with it. The people, the landscape, the cultures and the languages; everything about it. I've visited eight countries and realise now that I could have easily spent my whole year travelling Africa rather than the world. So … Continue reading Africa appreciation post

Dangerously beautiful Sinai

The Sinai is a vast desert wedged between Egypt and Israel and surrounded by the Mediterranean, Suez Canal and the Red Sea. It's such a uninspiring piece of land but its importance is exceptional. From Moses' climb up Mt Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments from God to the Arab-Israeli wars and its occupation by … Continue reading Dangerously beautiful Sinai

Travelling through the Time of the Pharaohs plus a bit of luxury… for a change

It wasn't exactly the Hilton but it sure felt like it! I had a three night Nile cruise as part of a package I'd arranged from my hostel in Cairo. For the price I'd paid I expected maybe a felucca or a rundown old boat but I was in for a big surprise. I was … Continue reading Travelling through the Time of the Pharaohs plus a bit of luxury… for a change

Cape Town to Cairo complete

So I've made it to Cairo which means that I've completed the Cape Town to Cairo leg of my trip. The night of my flight from Addis to Cairo I was suddenly super excited. I was going to see the pyramids. It was like the night before a travellers Christmas. Egypt is one of the … Continue reading Cape Town to Cairo complete

Lalibela, Africa’s ‘New Jerusalem’

When travellers think of Ethiopia they think of Lalibela. Those rock-hewn churches are the iconic images of Ethiopian tourism, but the pictures don't do it justice. Lalibela is an incredibly moving place. It's a very small town high up in the jagged, rocky mountains that characterise much of Ethiopia's landscape. It's dusty, dry, poor and … Continue reading Lalibela, Africa’s ‘New Jerusalem’

My mounting obsession

I love mountains. Out of any kind of landscape, mountains stun me the most. In fact, out of all the sights you can see in a country I am often drawn to the mountains. And of all the mountains I've ever seen the Simien Mountains have been some of the most amazing. I had read … Continue reading My mounting obsession

Welcome to Maasai land!

I stepped away from the tours, the cities and the constant moving around and spent two weeks living in a rural village outside of Nairobi with a Maasai family and volunteering in a local primary school. It was a small village called Kimuka about one hour from Nairobi, the closest town being Ngong which was … Continue reading Welcome to Maasai land!

Tanzania’s (big) little hill

I called Kilimanjaro "just a little hill" to myself in the weeks leading up to my climb just so I didn't freak out too much. In the days before I even started to wonder why the hell I had decided to do it in the first place. I'd done no acclimatisation and only a little … Continue reading Tanzania’s (big) little hill

The Spice Island

Zanzibar, Tanzania's and one of Africa's most famous islands, is as expected a big tourist destination and I was there around New Years, one of the busiest times of the year with holiday goers from across Africa and Europe. I caught a ferry from Dar Es Salaam to Stone Town. Due to the increasing number … Continue reading The Spice Island

Africa’s version of the Trans-Siberian

Well kind of. Actually the only similarity between the Trans-Siberian and the Tazara is that they are both long distance trains. The Tazara train runs from Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia all the way to Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania. The Chinese built it in the 1970s and it's pretty obvious that not a cent has … Continue reading Africa’s version of the Trans-Siberian