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”

Travel Books

Title and Author Countries of Focus Bad Lands by Tony Wheeler Afghanistan, Albania, Burma, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea and Saudi Arabia Blood River by Tim Butcher Congo Crazy River by Richard Grant Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi Dark Lands by Tony Wheeler Colombia, D.R. Congo, Haiti, Israel/Palestine, Nauru, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, and Zimbabwe. DarkContinue reading “Travel Books”

Orthodox Coffee

You know when you have something for the first time and its so unexpectedly delicious, that it transcends all that your taste bud’s could ever expect?  The rich, bold flavours cause your eyeballs to pop out of your skull, and you have literal tingles spread from your nipples to extremities, because you have never had something so wonderful and then you get emotional because you know nothing will ever be as good, not ever.

Sygic Travel App Review

Once in awhile something comes along that gives me a very unusual sense of regret, like when I discovered quick dry towels and thought about how many times on past trips I’d brought along a tiny hand towel and had awkward communal shower moments trying to pull on a pair of leggings even though IContinue reading “Sygic Travel App Review”

Forever Hills-Take my Breathe Away

Rolling green hills that go on forever, perfectly maintained roads, no garbage to speak of and volunteers on the roadside sweeping up stray twigs and leaves; Rwanda is quite literally the cleanest country I have ever seen.  Not to mention courteous and friendly.  We had the pleasure of returning through these same hills a few days later and it was no less striking.

Islands of South Korea

Entertainment on the ferry, consists of buying shrimp crackers and holding out your hand for seagulls to snatch with their hell mouths…I couldn’t get down with this but I was morbidly fascinated, watching from the safety of the cabin. 

Eating the King’s Hummus in Jordan

After dinner I drank tea while they serenaded us with their acoustic guitars around a fire, under the stars in the desert with a thousand candles burning on the hillside.

Near Decapitation Seoul Trippin’ Around

I have no idea what I ate but 90% of the food in Korea was delicious, about 5% was questionable and the other 5% should never cross the threshold of anyone’s lips (pig anus and hermaphrodite squid among the few).