When Jace accidentally let it slip a week before we left that we were going to Jordan at Korban Bayram, I was thrilled. My money had been on Cyprus (the Turkish side, of course), so the fact that we were (a) getting out of Turkey and (b) going to one of my top must-see countries made me extremely happy.
In the week before we left, there was a lot of discussion with Jace's work colleagues who had also bought the flights+hotel special deal as to plans and tours. One guy,…Continue
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Puglia seems to develop more and more into a trend destination among European travellers.
During our two-week Puglia roundtrip we stayed at wonderful country houses (Masseria Cimino, Masseria Le Fabriche, Masseria Fumarola) and stylish hotels (La Sommità Relais, Acaya Golf Resort, Histó Relais). On our way in-between we also visited Borgo Egnazia…Continue
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In Turkey there are 2 'Eid' or 'Bayram' religious holidays in the calendar. The first Bayram, sometimes known as the Festival of Sweets (because of the huge quantities of baklava being eaten...mmm...baklava...) marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, and the second Bayram is 70 days after Ramadan. This second holiday is called Kurban Bayram, 'Sacrifice Feast', and if you are really old-fashioned, it involves killing a goat and eating it with your homies.
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Jace and I have been thinking quite a lot over the last few months about what we'll do after we leave Istanbul in November and have come up with the plan below.
Those of you in Sydney will be happy to hear that we'll be home for Christmas this year, with the plan coming into effect at the end of January 2012.…
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Travelling for a long period of time with your partner can be challenging sometimes. Ask anyone who has done it, and they are likely to tell you the same thing. In fact, if you ask around, most people seem to simply advise against it, claiming that it is over-optimistic or naively romantic to think that you will continue to enjoy each other once you have spent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with each other for months in a row.
I don't agree with that. I agree that it is sometimes…
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Ok, so this one is a bit of an "in joke" for us. The world is now interconnected in ways that defy the imagination, and pop music is no exception. For some reason when you are travelling you might assume that crossing a border from one country to another, especially if the language, race and religion of the people there change too, would have some serious effect on the music you overhear on the road.
Not always true! It doesn't matter whether you're in a nightclub in Lima, in the…
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Apart from our unfortunate run-in at the youth hostel in Ljubljana, Slovenia turned out to be a very cool place.
Slovenes pride themselves on being right in the middle of Europe, part of the EU, very cosmopolitan, and multilingual - many speak Slovene, Italian, German and English as a minimum. They have a long history - early human settlement dates back over 250,000 years - although…Continue
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Walking down a random city street in Ljubljana I saw this impressive bit of graffiti and I wanted to photograph it, but I didn’t have my camera with me at the time. I determined to go back and photograph it the next day. The mural was on the wall of a building that was inside a brick courtyard, with one doorway open to the street outside.
It was one of those ambiguous spaces, with no clear indication of whether you were welcome to enter the courtyard or not. I walked through…Continue
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Cairo Airport, February 1, 2011
Around 7pm, I stood up and checked the departures board. While I waited for our flight to Dar es Salaam to come up on the screen, I took a quick look around. Everyone looked tired, bored and uncomfortable. We were lucky, I suppose, that we’d only been waiting at the airport for about 3 hours and our flight was meant to leave at 10.30pm. Some people had been there for days.
I looked back at the screen as our flight came…Continue
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