Varanasi: a place like no other

Varanasi was the place that I imagined I would find India’s intriguing spirituality and most interesting of characters and I was not wrong. The city, with its holy people, it’s rituals, it’s maddening traffic, it’s delicious street food, it’s suffocating alleyways and it’s annoyingly frustrating boat touts and rickshaw drivers, was my favourite place yet.…

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Happy Hampi

They call it Happy Hampi and I could definitely see why. It was a laidback village amidst a bizarre landscape of giant boulders and ancient temples. It reminded me a lot of Petra in Jordan where you weren’t really restricted as to where you could go and you could scramble up boulders and hills to…

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Kerala: God’s own country

When tourists think of southern India they think of Kerala and it’s famous backwaters, palm trees, beaches and laidback attitude. It’s the place where you can forget for a while that you are in a country with over one billion people; it’s quieter and more relaxed than other places on the subcontinent. I spent a…

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Bus travel in Morocco: it’s all about the journey and not the destination

Let me give you an insight into what bus travel is like in Morocco: it’s never on time, it’s crowded, it’s hot, it’s chaotic, it’s dangerously fast sometimes and above all it’s entertaining. When I wanted to catch a bus from Chefchaouen to Fes the journey time went from being 5 hours to 9 hours.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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