Ascension Island

Lava and Land Crabs, Turtles and Terraforming

Ascension Island is a volcanic island just south of the equator about halfway between Brazil and Africa.  It was the second stop on my trip to the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, three small islands scattered far apart from each other in the South Atlantic.  My journey had begun […]

A Slow Boat to Saint Helena

A Journey on the last Royal Mail Ship

Saint Helena is perhaps best known for being where Napoleon Bonaparte spent his final days in exile.  It is one of six South Atlantic islands – separated from each other by 3600 km at their furthest points – that make up the British Overseas territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.  One of […]

The Highlands of Northern Ethiopia

From Rock-Hewn Churches to the Source of the Blue Nile

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

Land of Mountains, Myths and Mysteries

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

Wild and Remote

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

Black Mountain in the Balkans

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 […]