Seeing the Taj: take one and two

That big, beautiful, white building that sits next to the pyramids on most travel posters. The one thing you canโ€™t leave India without seeing. The Taj Mahal. I was very excited to see it but I did wonder if perhaps it might not be as grand as Iโ€™d imagined after seeing so many pictures of … Continue reading Seeing the Taj: take one and two

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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 werenโ€™t really restricted as to where you could go and you could scramble up boulders and hills to … Continue reading Happy Hampi

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

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’

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

Zim + Zam + Vic

Zimbabwe, Zambia and Victoria Falls. An amazing intersection of countries with one of the seven natural wonders of the world. There is a raging debate on which side is better for the viewing of the falls, but after being to both I can say it doesn't really matter, you still get to experience the incredible … Continue reading Zim + Zam + Vic