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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 to take another funicular back down to the city centre below. As I make my way up the street a jeep screeches to a halt next to me Read more

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 still-growing manuscript of Harry Potter, hopeful that my new working hours (I taught in the afternoon and evening) would lend themselves to pressing on with my novel.”

She was writing what became Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone at the time, and used the mornings to sit in cafes around town and write. Read more

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 world champion is a Wellingtonian. Look at the practice they get just living here! It’s actually quite normal for a Wellingtonian to say (completely offhand like it’s no big thing) they went for a lunchtime run up Mt Vic; or for a walk, and discover they meant up Tinakori Hill. Easy walks, as I am starting to understand, do not involve scaling a ridgeline somewhere. Read more

Embracing the Chaos

Reinventing Myself on Mexican Time

Dinner: A Love Story

My year living in Oaxaca, Mexico

Heart of Light

My year living in Oaxaca, Mexico

A Cup of Jo

My year living in Oaxaca, Mexico

Healthy Happier Bear

Adventures In Striving For A Healthy, Happier Life!

Simple Provisions

Food does not need to be fancy to be celebrated