The Grand Canal, Venice

World’s Worst Places For Me: Places I Don’t Want To Go

 The World’s Worst Places For Me Most travellers will have a bucket list of the places in the world they would like to go. This is usually ‘everywhere’, but is there anywhere that you don’t want to go or just doesn’t appeal to you that much? Here are my choices for the World’s Worst Places   South Sudan/Iraq/Somalia/Syria/Afghanistan South Sudan is the worlds newest country and also one of the least peaceful. Civil war in Iraq has led to thousands of people being displaced and over 20,000 people being killed per year. In Somalia, civil war and famine have dogged the country for years, […]

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A stream of water flowing on the hike to Kjerakbolten

Kjeragbolten: Scary, Exhausting and Exciting!

Kjeragbolten: Scary, Exhausting and Exciting! Over the summer I was in Norway, trying to complete three hikes which are on my bucket list – Kjeragbolten, Preikestolen and Trolltunga. Things did not go to plan as I was only able to do one of them. More on that later…   How to hike Kjeragbolten In case you don’t know, Kjeragbolten is a rock / boulder that sits in a crevasse in the Kjerag mountain in the south west of Norway with almost a 1,000 metre drop to your certain death. The easiest way to do the hike is from the city […]

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Tobacco Farm and Town Carnival in Viñales

Tobacco Farm and Town Carnival in Viñales

Tobacco Farm and Town Carnival in Viñales My time in Cuba was sadly coming to an end with just two days remaining. I was going to spend them in the Viñales region, famous for its tobacco plantations. I can also honestly say that Viñales has some of the most amazing landscapes that I have seen anywhere in the world.     Precious Cigars You can’t come to Cuba and not sample the cigars. It would be just rude right? I didn’t have time to visit a cigar factory when I was in Havana but I was able to visit a tobacco […]

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Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba: Revolution & Sunset

Revolution & Sunset in Santiago de Cuba Santiago de Cuba is a very important place in Cuba for what happened on the morning of the 26th July 1953. Fidel Castro led a group of over 100 rebels on an attack on an army barracks, generally accepted to be considered the start of the Cuban Revolution. The attack itself was more or less a complete failure and most of the rebels were either killed or captured and then executed shortly afterwards. Fidel and his brother Raul were both captured and after trial were sentenced to 13 years in prison. Although, they […]

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The main square in Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba: Prostitutes, chess and chickens

Santiago de Cuba: Prostitutes, chess and chickens Santiago de Cuba is probably the strangest place that I have ever been to.  I don’t know if it was the heat (over 30 degrees at 11PM) or if there is something in the water, but I had a very surreal experience in the city. In some ways I feel like I am doing it a disservice as I was only there for 2 nights but it was the first night that was just downright bizarre….. It all started with my taxi to the main square in the city. The taxi itself was […]

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I’m Never Hiking After Drinking Rum Ever Again!

I’m Never Hiking After Drinking Rum Ever Again! On my trip to Cuba, this is what I was most looking forward to – hiking and camping in the Topes de Collantes region. I was in the area for two days and the hiking on the 2nd day was supposed to be the hardest. That was until I drank a litre of rum with a Cuban and Argentinian couple in Trinidad the night before, see here. Oh and it was 32 degrees on the hike on the first day. And uphill. Oops!   I would be staying in a basic hacienda […]

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My Fantasy Woman

My Fantasy Woman – Does She Actually Exist?

My Fantasy Woman – Does She Actually Exist? In 2011, Alexandra Kovacova a.k.a Crazy Sexy Fun Traveller made a list of her ideal man and his 55 things that he needs to have/be. You can check out her list here and here. I enjoyed this list as a bit of fun. A couple of years ago my marriage ended and I thought that I would be on my own for the long-term. Recently though, I have been talking to people that are unlike anyone I have met before and it got me thinking…. if there is a ‘perfect woman’ for me, what would […]

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Saint Patrick's Day in Cuba

Saint Patrick’s Day in Cuba

Saint Patrick’s Day in Cuba It was mid afternoon and approximately 32 degrees and I was hot. The kind of hot where all your clothes start to stick to you. I was walking through a side street in the city of Trinidad in Cuba on St Patrick’s Day when I heard something. I had to do a sort of double take and replay it in my mind to make sure I heard it correctly the first time. I was right, someone had just called me a gringo. I looked around and found the culprit wearing a big smile on her face. […]

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Topes de Collantes in the distance

The Best Music and Dancing in Colourful Trinidad, Cuba

The Best Music and Dancing in Colourful Trinidad Trinidad is a slightly strange place. The streets are cobblestone and a lot of the buildings are falling apart. It made finding my casa at 3 in the morning an interesting experience, especially with almost no street lighting. I think if it was ever cold enough to have mist or fog, it would look like a scene from Resident Evil. This is one of the streets to show you what I mean…..   Despite this, Trinidad also has a very colourful side. There are a lot of buildings painted in bright colours – […]

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