Travels

The Highlands of Northern Ethiopia

Mountains are perhaps not the first thing one associates with Ethiopia but, after spending a couple of weeks in its northern region, I think I shall forever equate the country with dramatic, rocky landscapes.  In this the second of two postings about my trip to Ethiopia, I look at Lalibela, the rural highlands and Lake […]

Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a country of contrasts:  jungles in the south, fertile soils in the west, and seemingly endless mountain ranges in the north.  It is also a land of legends, where, when talking to the locals, the boundaries between history, archaeology and myths seem difficult to distinguish. It was to the north of the country […]

2014 – A Personal Retrospective

As 2014 draws to a close, it’s time to look back at some of the memorable moments of the year from among the 17 countries visited. One of the first trips I took outside Europe this year was to Algeria.  Things got off to a bumpy start when I was detained by the police on […]

East Greenland

At the end of the summer, I headed off for a short trip to Greenland.  An autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark, it is the largest island in the world.  It is also the most sparsely populated country in the world with a population of less than 57,000. Although the flight from the Icelandic […]

The Wilds of Montenegro

This summer I returned to Montenegro.  When I first went to this small country in South East Europe it had only recently gained independence.  My trip then focussed on the country’s beautiful Adriatic coastline and the fjords around Kotor.  This year, I also ventured into the interior, which proved to be no less spectacular.  My […]

Malta

For such a small country, Malta has a lot to offer! Before visiting, I had a mental image of a sandy coloured rock in the Mediterranean almost entirely covered in stone buildings.  As a former British colony and a popular UK holiday destination, it would, I imagined, have a distinct British feel.  The Maltese language, […]

Algeria

Algeria is now the largest country in Africa, gaining the title when Sudan split into North and South.  Much of the country is desert, but the coastal strip and the Atlas Mountains are fertile and – in spring time at least – stunningly green. The territory of what is today Algeria has been the home […]

Colourful Karachi

With a population of over 23 million, Karachi is Pakistan’s largest city and financial centre and the capital of the province of Sindh.  It is also the biggest city in the Muslim world. Recently, I had the opportunity to pay a short visit to this vibrant and colourful metropolis.  Having already spent time in India, which […]

2013 – A Personal Retrospective

In this look back at 2013, I wanted to share with you my thoughts about some of the places I visited and why they speak to me.  Some pictures might seem exotic, others less so – but each tells a story. When returning to Oman in spring, I ventured up into the Al Hajar Mountains […]