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view of Half Dome from Upper Yosemite Falls hike
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…

Canada North America

Vancouver: Swinging high at Capilano

There was a minor traffic jam on Capilano Suspension Bridge. Children wobbled across, clinging to their parents or brazenly running ahead. An old woman gripped onto steel cables as she edged, foot by foot, across the planks. Couples paused…

North America USA

What to do with 48 hours in Seattle

It can be pretty easy to love Seattle on first sight. You need only glimpse it from the air to know this city has a stunning location. With downtown located on the deep blue shores of Elliot Bay and…

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,…

tourist in texan shooting range
North America USA

A tourist in a Texan shooting range

Some of you who know me a little better may be intrigued and slightly disturbed by this post’s title. Alas, it is as it seems. Despite heavy protestations, my Houstonian friend insisted I experience all of Texas’s fabulous culture,…

outsiders take on baseball
North America USA

An Australian perspective on baseball

Baseball. This sport has always gone over my head, much the same as cricket. The game seems to consist of tobacco-chewing blokes failing to hit a heavy ball with a thin wooden bat? If they succeed at this, they fail…

Mexico North America

Puebla, Mexico: talavera and azulejos

Puebla in Mexico is a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks largely to its unusual architecture, characterised by the azulejos (painted tiles) that decorate the facades of the buildings in its historic centre. It is one of those cities that encourage…

palacio de bellas artes in mexico city
Mexico North America

What not to miss in Mexico City

Mexico’s capital city requires mental and physical preparation. You have to be tough on the ground and in spirit to handle the hordes that frequent the streets. Mexico City, more commonly referred to by locals and travellers as DF…

Mexico North America

San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas. The name sounds like church bells chiming on a brisk Sunday morning (although more commonly whilst I was there it was constant festive cannons and fireworks that woke me up). It oozes charm and…

Mexico North America

Valladolid: Swimming in cenotes

Richly pink orchid petals fell from a tree overhead, decorating the surface of the water and attracting dragonflies that hummed close to my head. High above, a flock of swallows flew in synchronised circles beneath the cavern roof. Catfish…