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famous tannery in fez
Destinations Morocco

Navigating Fez’s mazelike medina

“Hello madam,” the young boy said, approaching with a large grin on his face that also lit up his almond-shaped eyes. “Hello,” I said warily and braced myself for his attempt to wrangle some money from me. “What hostel…

view of Half Dome from Upper Yosemite Falls hike
Destinations North America USA

Yosemite: A veritable eden

“It was like lying in a great solemn cathedral, far vaster and more butiful than any built by the hand of man.” – President Teddy Roosevelt. The cliffs close in on you, as if you’re going down a bright…

Destinations North America USA

Travelling Hawaii: Oahu

Hawaii. Palm trees and blue skies. Leis on arrival and hula dances at night. Surfing galore and a dose of luaus on the side. It paints a pretty picture, huh? And Oahu can be gorgeous, when the sun is shining,…

corn in Sapa
Asia Destinations Vietnam

Sapa: Hiking with the Hmong

Tung had buck teeth and a smile that played about her eyes. She wore huge hoop earrings and indigo embroidered clothes that marked her out as a member of one of Vietnam’s highland minority groups, the Black Hmong. It’s hard to…

interior of Cat Ba island
Asia Destinations Vietnam

Halong Bay: Motorbike adventures

Throughout Asia, I harboured dreams of whipping through the countryside on a motorbike. It’s the quintessential Asian adventure, right? The wind would lick at my hair and the breeze would cool me down. I’d scoot through out-of-the-way roads, waving…