Postcard from Machu Picchu

Postcard from Machu Picchu

If you’re anything like me, you can look at thousands of pictures of your favourite places, and never get bored. That’s me with Machu Picchu. After years – no, decades – of dreaming of visiting this mysterious site, arriving there felt like a dream come true. Here are more photos from our visit to Machu […]

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The road to Machu Picchu

The road to Machu Picchu

The excited chatter that bubbled away only a few moments ago has stopped. All is silent except for the laboured breaths we all take with each sluggish step upwards. As I stop to desperately attempt to gulp in more oxygen, bent over, hands on my knees, I look around at my fellow trekkers and think: […]

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Beach-hopping in Brazil

Beach-hopping in Brazil

  Across the calm waters, green, mountainous forest rises up in front of us. There’s a collective happy sigh from those surrounding us on the boat, and some eager people start to make their way to the front in the hope of being the first ones to set their feet down on this paradisiacal island. […]

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A walking tour of Lima city

A walking tour of Lima city

Lima wasn’t a city on the top of my must-visit list. We’d listened to and read a lot of negative things about the city and we ummed and ahhed about whether we should spend any time there at all after our Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, or just get straight out of there and back […]

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New Orleans: A few days in the Big Easy

New Orleans: A few days in the Big Easy

New Orleans. Somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit. Two words that immediately conjure up images of Mardi Gras, debauchery, Bourbon Street, Cajun food, music, drinking.   Even though I’ve been to the United States so many times, I’d never made it to New Orleans until a recent work trip to Houston which coincidentally timed with […]

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The beauty of Arabic script

The beauty of Arabic script

  Many years ago I studied Arabic. Unfortunately when we moved to Papua New Guinea I stopped studying because of a lack of time (and classes), but I’ve always loved Arabic script. When we visited Dubai I couldn’t stop snapping photos of words written in Arabic, trying to read them all.         […]

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Postcard from Dubai

Postcard from Dubai

Dubai. What a city. It seems almost unreal, an oasis in the desert, full of skyscrapers and unimaginable wealth, the modern juxtaposed with the traditional. When we arrived, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, and even now, I’m not sure how I feel about the city. Regardless, I can’t deny its draw as a fascinating place to […]

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Postcard from an estancia in Argentina

Postcard from an estancia in Argentina

If city life in Buenos Aires is getting too much, it’s not difficult to escape. In just under an hour you can be whiling away a lazy day by a pool, or riding horses, or chowing down on an asado at one of the many estancias (ranches) that surround the city.   We chose to […]

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Sunday Snapshot // 8.11.15

Sunday Snapshot // 8.11.15

  Oops, so after starting this new column, Sunday Snapshot, I’ve really not been very consistent… I put it down to being busy exploring and eating.   I’ll be back though, after we return from…   Where I am right now   I am SO excited right now! As you read this, Matt and I […]

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Sri Lanka in pictures

Sri Lanka in pictures

  I was recently looking through some photos from previous trips and came across these from Sri Lanka. I can’t believe it’s been nearly two years since we visited, and I’ve barely posted anything about this teardrop-shaped country in South Asia. We spent two weeks exploring Sri Lanka with its nascent (but quickly growing) tourist […]

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