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There is also a glaring absence of female artists present within the galleries. Historically, female artists and art work would have been difficult to come by but surely they could have found space for a few works in the Modern and Contemporary art sections. Obviously, they did not see fit to ‘See Humanity in a New Light’ with regards to gender representation.

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First Impression: I arrived at the butt crack of dawn and to be honest, in downtown Amman, I was intimidated by the near empty streets and every second man yelling out to me. My hostel I had booked through hostel world was under renovations so I was left wandering the streets looking for a new accommodation. Nothing was opened that early, to even sit for a coffee and get my bearings.  I found… Read More

Regardless of whether you’re an avid traveller or a natural homebody, sometimes it’s just nice to get away even when it’s not possible.  Travel addiction can take over your life, your thoughts, and can push you to new limits.  For some, the prospect of being stuck in one place for an extended period of time can feel daunting and claustrophobic.  So what do you do when you’re jonesing to get away but… Read More

First Impression: Busy, bustling city, it was a bit intense stepping off the bus as there were about 30 safari touts waiting there for tourists.  Where I stayed: Couch surfing with local guys.  Safari camp. What to wear: Comfortable light fabric but cover your knees. What I did: Kilimanjaro view and Marangu Waterfall, 3-day safari to Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire. I would definitely recommend Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro but Tarangire was… Read More

What’s in your pack?

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe First Impression: So quaint and clean, a perfect little tourist town. Where I stayed: Shoe String Backpackers.  Honestly kind of dirty and basic, they charge extra for wifi and the mosquitoes are a nightmare.  The food was quite good though, especially the breakfast porridge and the garden area is lined with artisans making and selling their goods.  It’s also basically the only nightlife in town so depending on how you… Read More

Harare, Zimbabwe First Impression: So green, but the city definitely had a depression era vibe, especially surrounding the banks.  Otherwise quite orderly and well kept. Where I stayed:  It’s a Small World Backpackers Hostel.  We stayed in the large dorm.  They have a lovely garden area which is perfect for a few Castle lagers and journaling. Everything was clean and the owner was very friendly and helpful. What to wear:Light fabric, comfortable walking… Read More

Goma, and The Virunga, Democratic Republic of the Congo  (Congo-Kinshasa)  First Impression: Well it’s the Congo so my first impression was definitely mired by the country’s reputation but once I took off the grey tinted glasses, I saw a vibrant city that is still being rebuilt from the 2001 Nyiragongo eruption.  All over town there is evidence of the volcanic rock that streamed through the city, people have rebuilt homes and walls… Read More

Tangier, Morocco (by ferry from Tarifa, Spain) First Impression: Reminded me of Stone Town, Zanzibar.  The Medina area is a bit overwhelming at first, especially after dark but after a day it generally felt safe and a bit easier to navigate. What to wear:  Conservative but loose and light material because it is hot and humid in the summer! What I did:  Meander the Medina and Casbah, find Ibn Battuta’s Tomb, head… Read More

In my experience, quick guide to Addis Ababa