How To Beat Reverse Culture Shock

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 … Continue reading How To Beat Reverse Culture Shock

Cuban Life (for a tourist)

As a tourist in Cuba, you get a markedly different experience to the locals. Given that the country is socialist, the government provides or subsidizes many things for Cubans. Tourism really only started in Cuba after the Soviet Union fell as a solution to the economic crisis Cuba faced. Laws keep tourists as separate as … Continue reading Cuban Life (for a tourist)

Mmm grasshoppers…

There is a saying here, that if you eat chapulines you are sure to return to Oaxaca. I mean, you could just buy a return bus ticket or airline ticket instead – have you seen those things? However I seem to be in the minority with locals and visitors alike buying quantities of chapulines from … Continue reading Mmm grasshoppers…

Pintxos in Basque country

When I arrived in Bilbao, I was somewhat bemused to discover that pintxos (pinchos) bars are not the flashy trendy cafe style establishments I imagined. They can be - especially around plazas, but generally pintxos are found at most bars and some cafes in Bilbao and San Sebastian. Pintxos are like a small open-faced sandwich … Continue reading Pintxos in Basque country

The Great Bun-Fight

Per capita, I think Wellington punches well above its weight for sheer number of different great eateries. Not even really trying, you have several fantastic options on most streets. Some are hidden away and need a local's recommendation, but then lo and behold, the ultimate Wellington foodie festival, Wellington on a Plate; with fantastic restaurants … Continue reading The Great Bun-Fight