Travels

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 – Much more than I imagined!

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 […]

Skiing in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is perhaps not the first place that springs to mind when thinking of a winter sports holiday, but when I stumbled across the opportunity to go skiing in the Hindu Kush I knew it was something I had to do. Bamyan, in the centre of the country, is Afghanistan’s skiing base.  Situated several hours’ […]

The Whirling Dervishes of Khartoum

The whirling dervishes of Khartoum are a ‘must see’ for any visitor to North Sudan.  Every Friday afternoon, people gather to see the religious ceremony as African tribal rhythms mix with chanting in Arabic.  

Nubia – Land of the Black Pharaohs

When I heard that there were more pyramids in North Sudan than in Egypt, I suddenly developed an interest in a country that so far had not been on my radar screen.  It was January 2011 at the Adventure Travel Show in London and pictures of rows of steep-sided pyramids surrounded by honey-coloured sand caught […]