How to Survive a Jaguar Encounter in Tortuguero

Pura Vida in Costa Rica with Heather, and Pants aka J Rock aka Jackie aka JjjaaaCQueLINUH (said in a very French, high pitched, haughty, pearl clutching kind of way). What do I do if I encounter a Jaguar? What is that demonic screaming snarling sound?  No but like actually…what makes that sound?  What do IContinue reading “How to Survive a Jaguar Encounter in Tortuguero”

More Dahl Please!

We drove around Sri Lanka from Colombo to Kandy to Nuwara Eliya to Hikkaduwa in the back seat of his sedan, chatting occasionally and lazily while staring out at the lush hillsides, careening around the never-ending switchbacks, through tea plantations that convey a feeling of being transported to British Ceylon circa 1830.

Modesty Leaves and The Absence of Female Perspective at The Louvre Abu Dhabi

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.

Quick Guide Amman, Jordan

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.Continue reading “Quick Guide Amman, Jordan”

Fun Things To Do When you Can’t Travel

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 timeContinue reading “Fun Things To Do When you Can’t Travel”

Quick Guide to Arusha

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 toContinue reading “Quick Guide to Arusha”

Quick Guide Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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 makingContinue reading “Quick Guide Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe”

Quick Guide Harare, Zimbabwe

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 andContinue reading “Quick Guide Harare, Zimbabwe”

Quick Guide to Goma, DRC

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 thereContinue reading “Quick Guide to Goma, DRC”