Colourful Valparaiso

Sunday, Valparaiso city centre, 2 hours north of Santiago. I have just taken a creaking and groaning rickety wooden funicular up one of Valparaiso's steep hills - saving myself from climbing literally hundreds of concrete stairs to the top. My plan is to wander through the neighbourhood at the top, crossing into the next neighbourhood … Continue reading Colourful Valparaiso

Harry Potter’s Porto Connections

It's obviously a celebrated fact in Porto, but JK Rowling moved to Porto in 1991 to work as an English teacher in a language institute after her first marriage ended. As she says, “Nine months after my mother’s death, desperate to get away for a while, I left for Portugal. I took with me the … Continue reading Harry Potter’s Porto Connections

Wellington – City of Stairs

Ok, so it’s not quite the ring that maybe Auckland –City of Sails has, but at least this way you are letting tourists know what they are in for when they attempt to go for a casual stroll, only to find that like Yazz, the only way is up. I really hope that the stairclimbing … Continue reading Wellington – City of Stairs