The Colours of Chile

A Shrouded City, A Colourful City Santiago South America – at last! To escape the frigid cold of DC, my sister and I decided to make a trip to the warmer southern hemisphere. (As it turned out, it wasn’t that warm the further south we went!) We flew into Santiago from Houston, having spent a…

The Splendour of Rajasthan

The Blue City Jodhpur The Blue City, the Pink City, the Lake City … these dream-like descriptions of well-known Rajasthan cities have been an allure to me for many years and now I am finally here! We landed in New Delhi’s swanky new airport and that was such a welcome surprise. Gone was the shabbiness,…

The Vanishing Tribes of the Omo Valley

A Perilous Journey? Tonight S and I leave for the Omo Valley, Ethiopia. The area is one of the wildest, remotest and ethnically diverse places on Earth. Some areas are harsh and inhospitable. So why am I doing this trip? Having been brought up on a healthy diet of National Geographic and The Untamed World,…

The Bangkok Post

Bangkok is a cultural and culinary paradise. So why wouldn’t I be back again? This time it was a true holiday not a couple of days tacked onto a work trip. My sister had only seen Bangkok fleetingly while on transit here many years ago. It was time she experienced this vibrant place, so we…

Volcanic Indonesia

Jam? What jam? Jakarta How many times have I travelled to Indonesia on work? – too many times to count! And how many times have I sat in mind-numbing traffic crawls? – too many times to count! So you can imagine my astonishment when the expected jam did not materialise! You must understand that I…

2150kms through Poland

Dzien dobry! Bialystok, Lake District, Poland We had a happy reunion at Warsaw’s Chopin airport. The matter of our car rental was ably handled by our driver (Siân) and we ended up with a 1 series BMW for the same price of the Ford Focus that we had actually booked. No one complained. Unfortunately, the…

A Swedish Midsummer

‘Glad Midsommer!’ Stockholm Glad Midsommer! (pronounced ‘glod’) means ‘Happy Midsummer’ and what a happy and memorable experience it was! I timed my arrival to Sweden to experience midsummer here with my dear old friend Susan and her family. The sun was out the evening I arrived and when that happens here, it’s time to bask…