Gorillas
on a Thousandth Hill

They were lyrics I’d heard a thousand times. The first verse of one of my favourite songs from beloved kiwi songbird Brooke Fraser. “And on a thousandth hill…” She was speaking of meeting a young girl named Albertine in Rwanda, who had touched her. My whole life, I thought the line was gorgeously poetic. But […]

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on a Thousandth Hill"

Top 10 Highlights of Kenyan Safari

Just the concept of safari in Kenya can make anyone’s eyes glaze over as their imagination conjures extraordinary adventures. It’s near the top of every traveller’s list. So with stakes so high, I was a little nervous it would be a letdown. Perhaps I would find it tedious staking out animals. Perhaps I wouldn’t see […]

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Conquering The Seven Wonders

My visit to Rio de Janeiro in July 2017 heralded my proudest bucket list achievement ever: seeing all the New 7 Wonders of the World. I still can’t quite believe I managed to do it. I thought about ranking them from best to worst, but that seemed somewhat crass considering they’re all awe-inspiring marvels. So […]

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Cinque Terre:
My Favourite Place

Have you ever rewatched a movie you loved as a kid? It’s usually a mistake. The sets are cardboard; the acting wooden. Your bubble of joyous memories is deflated by the poorly-written, laborious reality. So, by that logic, is it a mistake for a traveller to revisit one of their favourite places? I was afraid to find […]

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My Favourite Place"

Taj Mahal:
Hide & Seek

The fog was so dense that – though I was assured I was standing right in front of the Taj Mahal – the invisible backdrop to my selfie could just has easily have been a bronze bust of Elton John. As my guide led me around, I tried to remember what it looked like from pictures I’d seen. […]

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Hide & Seek"