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Thought of the day

Thought of the day

I have to remember that comfort zones are there to be stood outside of. Becoming braver has enabled me to see the world. I still panic, I still have anxiety and at least one meltdown per trip BUT without that I wouldn’t feel the highs.

A half day tour of Cuba’s sugar …

A half day tour of Cuba’s sugar mills

Much like Cienfuegos, Trinidad is a great place to base yourself for some day trips. We ventured to Santa Clara and also into the sugar mill area around just outside of Trinidad. Our first stop on our half day excursion was the lookout point at Mirador del Valle de los Ingenios. A great stop where you can climb up to the top of the hill and look out over the Cuban countryside. If you’re up to it you can take… View Post

Thought of the day

Thought of the day

It’s important to remember that travel can make you complacent. It can make you view the world in a skewed way, just catching a glimpse of a place or a few weeks in a country. Stereotypes can build. It isn’t just for those who stay at home.    

A Day Trip to Santa Clara

A Day Trip to Santa Clara

Santa Clara is located in almost the centre of Cuba in the province of Villa Clara. It was founded in 1689 but is perhaps most well known for its part in the Che Guevara story. Santa Clara is home to the last battle of the Revolution in 1958, two groups of guerilla fighters attached the city to gain control. One group was led by Camilo Cienfuegos and the other by Che Guevara. They first gained control of the Formeto garrison… View Post

How to spend 36 hours in Cienfuegos!

How to spend 36 hours in Cienfuegos!

The further outside Havana you get the less and less tourists you find. If you head all the way down to Santiago-de-Cuba then you’ll barely find any. One stop that is popular but not as much as nearby Trinidad is Cienfuegos. A small town that’s had a varied history. A UNESCO heritage site known as the Pearl of the South, it’s famous for its French architecture that populates most of the town. It’s different and a refreshing change from the… View Post

Top things to do in Viñales

Top things to do in Viñales

I’ve been struggling recently with this whole blogging thing. There are so many blogs in the universe with travel blogs becoming so much more popular, add in the constant need for social media updates it can be overwhelming to say the least. I have to remember that I’m doing this for me, I’m unlikely to ever have a career out of it, I’m never going to get massive amounts of page views or comments but what I can achieve is… View Post

A night at the Fábrica de Arte …

A night at the Fábrica de Arte Cubano

Our last day in Havana was pretty action packed but we wanted to make the most of our last evening before moving into the country. After a brief rest (read nap) we got ready and flagged down a taxi collectivo to take us to a restaurant for some dinner and drinks before seeing what all the fuss was about at the FAC. The taxi ride was entertaining trying to give directions to someone who obviously couldn’t really understand what we… View Post

Our final adventures in Havana

Our final adventures in Havana

After the events of the previous day our final day in Havana was filled with a hop on hop off bus tour, amazing cocktails and an evening in an art gallery. Our day began with a Havana Bus Tour which we picked up from Revolution Square. The square itself is MASSIVE and could fit thousands and thousands of people, mainly used for state speeches, and the occasional public mass by a Pope! It really is a space to see. More… View Post

What to do with 36 hours in Brussels

What to do with 36 hours in Brussels

Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the home of the European Union, consists of a historic centre and a range of additional regions around the edge. Home to around 172,000 people it’s pretty small as capital cities go which definitely has its advantages as you can get a good feel for the city in a short space of time. Of course you cannot do everything Brussels has to offer in 36 hours but you can tick a few good items… View Post

Adventures in Havana

Adventures in Havana

Our second day in Cuba began much like the first with a lie in at our casa but today we decided to skip breakfast and caught a taxi collectivo into central Havana. This required a bit of help from our casa owner Cary as catching a local taxi is a bit of an art. It was well worth it when a 1950’s battered old car pulls alongside so we could scramble in alongside other local Cubans to go to where… View Post

Our introduction to Havana, Cuba!!

Our introduction to Havana, Cuba!!

It’s been a while and I have LOADS to catch up on, lets just say life got in the way. I’m pleased to introduce our Cuban coverage starting in Havana!  The first morning in any new place is always a little bit daunting, especially when you don’t really speak the language and you’re staying in someone’s home! Despite this we had to get up and get going as we’d agreed for breakfast at our casa that morning, so after a… View Post

7 Days 7 Experiences – Our time in Tanzania

7 Days 7 Experiences – Our time in Tanzania

It’s taken some time to feel ready to write anything about Tanzania. I think some of it was I didn’t know how I felt about it once we returned home and some of it I just wanted to keep it all to myself. I also didn’t write notes, which was stupid. But, now is the time, so here are my 7 top experiences from 7 days on an African Safari. KatiKati Camp – two nights under canvas in the middle… View Post

Thought of the day

Thought of the day

It’s been a bit quiet round here again recently hasn’t it!? I guess the lack of motivation hit me for longer than I hoped. The winter is always difficult for me, I find the lack of sunlight, ability to go outside and general warmth hard to deal with. It affects my mood and makes me particularly prone to being a bit apathetic. I’ve invested in a daylight lamp, I’ve also recently just got back from Cuba so I’m feeling a… View Post

Thought of the day

Thought of the day

It’s funny isn’t it when you say to yourself that you’ll get back on top of blogging, you enjoy writing, you enjoy reliving your trips and you fear you will start forgetting those moments and then you don’t get back on top of it. I’m not sure why, perhaps it’s the miserable weather. Here’s hoping I get the flow back soon!

2017 Review – What a year it was!

2017 Review – What a year it was!

We did a lot in 2017 and boy can I feel it now. It’s probably the first year I haven’t got frustrated about where we are going next or have time for the wanderlust bug to really hit as there was always something around the corner. Which I appreciate makes us very very lucky!! I’ve still got some content to come around our amazing safari in Tanzania as well!  It’s been hard to narrow down our favourites of this year… View Post

Tanzania Photo Tour

Tanzania Photo Tour

I thought it only fair while I’m still digesting our trip to Tanzania to show you some photo’s first. It was a real once in a lifetime trip (although, you know if I get the chance to head to Botswana I probably will!) and the photo opportunities were aplenty! Here are a few of my favourite snaps!

A Squash Festival and the Old Town of …

A Squash Festival and the Old Town of Esslinger

One thing I really loved about Stuttgart was it’s accessibleness. You could get anywhere really easily, either by walking or the S & U bahns. It meant we could easily get out to Ludwigsburg within half an hour and back into town in no amount of time. I love German transport and Stuttgart really makes the most of it. One of the draws of heading to Stuttgart, other than the beer festival, was a squash festival. As in, pumpkins. Yup,… View Post

Mercedes Benz Museum Stuttgart

Mercedes Benz Museum Stuttgart

Other than a work out at Wasen our weekend in Stuttgart was filled with a museum, a squash festival and a walk around the town. First up was the Mercedes Benz Museum. Stuttgart is home to two car giants, Mercedes and Porsche, both have museums in the city but we opted for Mercedes as it was closer to the beer festival site. Carl Benz’s first car built in 1886 is what the museum is celebrating with more than 160 vehicles… View Post

Cannstatter Volksfest – Stuttgart Beer Festival

Cannstatter Volksfest – Stuttgart Beer Festival

When the world thinks of beer festivals they think of the obvious choice Oktoberfest…but if you’re after a slightly less crazy but equally awesome option head a little further south to Stuttgart, Germany. Stuttgart is the home of Cannstatter Volksfest, or Wasen. A large beer fuelled festival that runs at the same time as Oktoberfest. I’d say that Wasen has a slightly more family feel to the event, less stag do’s and more work parties. We saw everyone from teenagers… View Post