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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The “mountain that eats men”

Colonialism has left a bad mark on many countries in the world and Bolivia is no exception. It was subjected to harsh Spanish rule, like most of the continent, from 1545 until 1825. Bolivia became Spain’s most valuable possession in South America as silver was discovered in the Cerro Rico (rich hill) in Potosi. They…

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Our Lady of Peace aka La Paz

Bogota, Quito, Lima, La Paz; these big South American cities are usually seen from the taxi to and from the airport. Most travellers spend little time in them generally because of high crime rates, chaotic traffic and dirty streets, and I too only spent a couple of days in each until I landed in Nuestra…

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Hiking to the Lost City

I wasn’t originally planning on going to Colombia but when I sat down with a travel agent in England to book a flight from Europe to Ecuador to start my South American leg the lady said, “You have to go to Colombia. You’re going to Colombia!” and so I walked out with a ticket to…

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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…

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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,…

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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 quiet achiever

Bumpy, pot hole-filled roads? Check. Old, rattling minibus taxis? Check. Daily sighting of road accidents? Check. Unreliable, slow internet? Check. Thunderstorms and rain every night? Check. Welcome to Botswana! The second I crossed the border from Johannesburg to Gaborone I knew I was in a very different place. This is the Africa I came to…

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