Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay is an hour (50km) by ferry from downtown Buenos Aires. This makes it a great day trip destination for Argentinians and for weary travellers to spend a long weekend.
I realised I was in need of a break after walking around Buenos Aires, and feeling slightly teary about everything. So much to buy! So many choices! A classic sign of reverse culture shock. Luckily my plans already pointed to Uruguay; all I needed to do now was upgrade my hostel bunk bed for a large fluffy hotel bed with plenty of pillows, housekeeping and a view. Read more
I left Vancouver as the co-pilot on a sea plane – just in case I was needed… and skidded down 15 minutes later in the harbour of Silva Bay, Gabriola Island in a wash of sea water as the plane taxied in to the dock. As I was seated next to the pilot for the flight, I had the best view in the 6 seater plane, and my first impressions of Gabriola Island were of sun-dappled tall green cedar and fir trees on top of large boulders which lined the harbour. Tangled up in the rocks were sun-bleached logs so characteristic of Canadian west coast beaches. Read more
For me, Cuba is one of those countries that are endlessly fascinating. History that is still occurring on a daily basis; the resilience and friendliness of Cubans, the natural beauty of the island and of course, the all-pervasive music and dance.
Having been to Cuba twice now for a total of 6 weeks, here are some (hem, hard-earned) tips for your trip. Read more
I don’t even know where to begin. What an intriguing, complex and layered country.The people are friendly and welcoming, music is an ever-present part of life, boy can Cubans dance, and the beaches are white sand and turquoise sea. A bottle of ron (rum) is $2.95CUC, and cigars anywhere from about $4CUC upwards. However, Cubans on average earn the equivalent of $20CUC a month, Read more
At the risk of sounding like a complete dilettante, I wrote this post from a hammock in Puerto Escondido, which is located on the Pacific coast in the state of Oaxaca. In the 5 days I have been away from Oaxaca, I have missed approximately 15 festivals, 350 cohetes (exploding firecrackers) and 1500 chances to buy everything imaginable from the pop up artisan markets and street sellers capitalising on the Christmas tourists. Read more