Auschwitz

Oswiecim, Poland, 02 January 2017 I was lucky enough to grab the opportunity, while I was in Poland, to visit Auschwitz. I had been to Yad Vashem, the holocaust museum in Jerusalem, back in September 2016 and really felt that Auschwitz was somewhere I needed to go to complete the picture of what I had…

On being vegetarian in Poland…

Szczawnica, Poland, December 2016 So I’m vegetarian. Or not really; I eat fish, which makes me a pescatarian, but that always sounds pretentious so I usually go with “vegetarian who eats fish”. Which normally either (a) confuses people or (b) prompts them to say “don’t you mean pescatarian”? But I digress. Anyway, I have recently…

Weathering the storm in Cuba

Trinidad de Cuba, 23 October 2014   The following are notes I made during a memorably rainy night in Cuba, October 2014. My attempts to miss the wet season on this trip failed miserably, but it made it more of an adventure. The notes below have not been edited since I scribbled them at the…

Camping in Namibia: On toilets and preconceptions…

Ngepi, Namibia, 03-04 August 2009 The year is 2009. I’m in Africa for the first time in my life – specifically, in the Namibia “panhandle” which extends along the top of Botswana, close to the border with Angola. In short, it’s one of the most exotic places I’ve been in my life so far. We…

So, why did I set up a blog?

I’ve been lucky enough, over the last 10 years or so, to visit some truly incredible places. In fact, I’ve been dreaming about travel for as long as I can remember. As a little girl, I remember playing for hours with my doll, daydreaming about a life somewhere exotic and far from home. My two…