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 […]Read more "Conquering The Seven Wonders"
Let’s face it, Cancún isn’t exactly known for its culture. On the scale from Abandoned Paradise to Crowded Tourist Trap, Cancún ranks just behind the Olive Garden in Times Square. Determined to find out whether the oyster had a pearl, I decided to spend a long weekend in Cancún.Read more "5 Highlights of Cancún"
Amidst all the talk about making countries ‘great’ again, and building walls, my journey to China began to take on more meaning than I’d anticipated.Read more "The Great Wall
Some people dream of running a marathon one day. I’m not one of them. I once famously said I was allergic to exercise in a post that my future boss mentioned in my job interview. For the world’s largest group exercise company. I still have no idea how I got the job. But I’m stubborn, and sometimes stubbornness makes […]Read more "Salkantay Trek: A Lesson in Endurance"
I’ve wanted to visit Petra ever since watching Indiana Jones as a kid. The idea of a mysterious, ancient city carved directly into rock thousands of years ago by a lost civilisation (the Nabataeans) and forgotten by the western world until two hundred years ago is too exciting to be true, surely? Petra is Jordan’s […]Read more "Petra: The Rock City (in Photos)"
In Cairo, the ancient clashes with the modern in an extraordinary way. Cows chill out underneath a motorway overpass. The ancient remains in the Egyptian museum are right next to the burnt out ruins from last year’s revolution. The burnt out remains of Mubarak’s headquarters behind the museum. The trip from Cairo to Giza is half […]Read more "Bus Egypt: Cairo"
This is my third time in Rome, and I’ve never seen the Sistine Chapel! Six years ago, atop St Peter’s Basilica I was 19 the first time I visited. But somehow my brother and I managed to visit the Vatican on the one day that Michelangelo’s labour of love was closed to the public. An […]Read more "Rome: Third Time Lucky"