Activities

Interview with a Local: Rio de Janeiro

In Rio de Janeiro, most people have to see Christ the Redeemer, visit either Ipanema or Copacabana beach and go up Pão Açucar (Sugarloaf). But there is so much more to do in Rio de Janeiro. I love the neighbourhood of Santa Teresa. It has a bohemian type of vibe with delicious local food. Or on Monday you can go to Pedro do Sal, which is the birthplace of Samba.... Read More...

How to avoid altitude sickness – a doctors personal experience.

I thought I was prepared for altitude sickness, I’d read all the info, got the right medications, got fitter in the gym and planned my trip to allow some time for acclimatisation. After arriving in Quito at 2800m I felt fine. A couple I met over lunch told me I’d notice feeling short of breath soon but at that point I felt pretty smug that I so far was not affected! I hoped I was in the lucky few that barely noticed the altitude. A few hours later that all changed!... Read More...

Interview with a Local : Ljubljana, Slovenia

Although I love Ljubljana very much I often leave the city  and spend a weekend on Bled Lake. When I decide to hang out in Ljubljana, I love food, so my activities in Ljubljana always involve  good food, no matter the season. In summer I love having a brunch in random bistro along the Ljubljanica river, or meet up with friends on Friday  afternoons in the Open Kitchen food market - kind of a  get-together with great traditional Slovenian as well as international food and drinks, prepared by the selected restaurants and best chefs from all over Slovenia. In the summer evenings during July I always visit  Ljubljana Castle during the Film under the stars project.... Read More...

Hiking The Lare’s Trek – an Alternative to The Inca Trail

When I first started planning my trip to Peru, I always planned to take the Inca Trail. Alas 4 months was not long enough to secure my Inca permit so I chose the Lares trek instead. Initially I was disappointed. I mean you can’t come to Peru and not do the iconic Inca trail right?! But when I started researching the trek and speaking to people who had already done the Lare’s I realised it might even be a tad better…... Read More...

Why you need to visit Lake Titicaca, Peru.

Our trip first took us to the floating island village of Uros. Life here is fascinating. The islands are literally floating on the lake made out of blocks of peat and layered with river reeds. If you jump up and down, water actually seeps up over your feet and you can feel the island wobble! Each island has a few huts and is shared by several members of extended family. Neighbours are reached with boats also made of river reeds and if conditions become unfavourable, the island can be moved at any given point and re-anchored else where! So no problems with nightmare neighbours! ... Read More...

Interview with a Local: Cape Cod

Visitors should always make a point to head to the Outer Cape: Eastham, Welfleet, Truro and Provincetown. This will be an entirely different experience, depending on which season you choose to visit, but no matter when, there is a quiet, rugged quality to this part of the Cape that will steal your heart.... Read More...

Visiting the Galapagos Central Islands: Santa Cruz, Santiago & Bartolome

We ran back to the boat so quickly, hopped straight in the panga and headed for where we could see lots of frigate birds gathering. Apparently they feed on the remains of what the orcas don’t eat so they were a good indicator where to go! It seemed to take ages to get there especially as the sea was quite rough. We all were tense, keeping our fingers and toes crossed we wouldn’t get there too late! But then we saw the orca breach creating a huge splash! Eventually our pangas caught up with them but then it was a guessing game where they would surface making photographing them pretty tricky! At one point we were all staring off into the distance on the right side of the panga when we heard a loud Pffff - the orca had breached just metres away from us whilst we had our backs turned!... Read More...

Visiting The Southern Galapagos Islands – Floreana and Espanola

Back on the pangas we headed for some rocks to do some deep water snorkelling. This was my absolute favourite snorkelling experience so far - yes even better than the Great Barrier Reef! Firstly I have never encountered water so clear before - the visibility was un-real! Secondly, we were surrounded by younger more playful sea-lion pups that interacted with us even more than on the previous day off San Cristobal! They were spinning in circles and zooming up to us before diving beneath.... Read More...

Visiting The East Galapagos Islands – San Cristobal and Isla Lobos.

I can’t imagine any place so spectacular as the Galapagos Islands - the wildlife, the beaches, the geography, the natural history… It’s such a privilege to be here and experience it first hand after seeing it on so many wildlife documentaries. Do you remember the famous scene with the racing snakes and the iguanas in BBC one’s planet earth? It was so shocking it went viral across social media. It was in fact filmed in The Galapagos! ... Read More...

Interview with a Local : Seville

I would start out with a tostada de pringá (minced meat toast) and a coffee at La Estrellita, one of my favourite breakfast joints in my neighborhood. I'd probably stroll down near the river and across the bridge to the city centre and shop along Calle Sierpes. Midday beers with friends would be at Plaza Salvador, a central meeting place for a beer before having a few tapas and a long siesta. ... Read More...

Interview with a Local : Pembrokeshire, Wales

My favourite thing to do is either walk along the coastal path, which hugs the coastline for 186 miles and passes 58 beaches, or find a new beach to explore. Pembrokeshire beaches are some of the best in the world, and because there are so many of them, they’re not usually crowded. One of my favourite beaches is Broad Haven. There’s a lovely walk from Bosherston to Broad Haven, which is an easy walk around Bosherston's beautiful lily ponds.... Read More...

Medfest an Alternative Type of Holiday for dancers!

Sparty  My Absolute Medfest highlight! At 1 am after a few hours of dancing, the DJ decks are set up inside the luxury spa and the champagne is free-flowing! It starts off feeling very glamorous and civilised sipping champagne and eating chocolate truffles inside the jacuzzi but as the music gets cranked up so does the energy, and before you know it you'll be doing the conga through the freezing cold plunge pool!... Read More...

Interview with a Local : Dubai

In my opinion, Old Deira is a must-see place when visiting Dubai. You can take a boat for 1 dirham (25 cents) to cross the river and explore the original, old, ancient Dubai. You can buy a lot of souvenirs, incent and spices - barter for the best prices! I would recommend visiting the Dubai Museum where you can learn a lot about the city's history. Apart from this, you should definitely join a desert safari once.   ... Read More...
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