The armed guards wore pompom slippers

If the guards at the Presidential Mansion in Athens were anything to go by, I knew right then that the 8 days that followed would be an adventure of a lifetime. But as it happens with the country at the Southern most tip of Africa, every trip abroad is a lengthy commute. The flight from…

Homes like office parks…

I remember feeling an incredible edge to drive away that Friday night. I was home, my favourite place in the entire world… But that day it felt like walls made to keep me in. I wanted the smell of the sea, the thrill of the open road and the freedom of doing whatever the hell…

Throwback ~ NYC

If New York is anything like it was this time last year… Today is cold but slightly warmer than it has been for the last 2 days, or maybe I’m used to it now. Sunday was eventful, and yesterday I went on one of those free walking tours where you end up paying anyway because…

Volcanoes, a travel inspiration

I fell in love with volcanoes and lava in a geology class. It wasn’t anything specific I loved about them, I just did. I suppose for a curious mind, the idea that rock could boil and flow was mind bending. The idea that the earth’s crust is ~45km thick and somewhere below it is something…

Itchy feet are happy feet

My feet have been itchy for a little while now. I know this because my most popular google search is “countries that don’t require a visa” followed by “flights to …”. A window shopping exercise. It got me thinking about how we make travel decisions. Is it as impulsive as buying an item of clothing or…

New York New York

New York could easily be the most welcoming city I’ve visited. Most things were familiar and I never felt like a tourist. Not even when I got lost on the subway. I did my trip over 6 days, not a lot of time spent but well worth it. Plus when I went to New York…

114 small islands. Venice!

We got into Venice from Rome. Rome had been dated and architecturally mature. And so it was quite a contrast entering a waterlogged romantic city. Venice had to be my 2nd favorite city in Europe. After Paris. The tour operator introduced it by saying “it’s build on about 114 small islands.” And she obviously had…

Traveling ‘unorganised’

Two out of 6 of my trips have been unorganised (and solo). No travel agent or pre-arranged airport pickups. Just me figuring it out as I go. New York and Zambia (+Zimbabwe and Botswana). In both cases I had a fair amount of comfort about what to expect, which helped… I mean every other movie…

Paris.

The 1st thing that fascinated me about Paris was an 11:30pm sunset. In June. I should have thought about it given that I had lived in cities where an 8pm sunset is normal for the summer months. But for some reason I had never imagined it… As a quick detour; 2 years after Paris I…