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My Favourite Travel Apps

It takes photos, it sends messages, it can even keep you entertained with little birds who seem a little disgruntled but the following apps will help turn your smart phone into a powerful travel tool too. When I went backpacking in 2009, I had to seek out internet cafes. I took an old phone that… Continue reading My Favourite Travel Apps

South America · Travel

Rio de Janeiro Carnival, Brazil – The Sambadrome

Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival is an extravaganza of colour, music, dance, costume and self expression. The city moves to a samba rhythm. Parties scatter the city for days in the lead up to the main event, The Sambadrome!   What is The Sambadrome? Located just West of Centro and North of Santa Teresa, in an… Continue reading Rio de Janeiro Carnival, Brazil – The Sambadrome

South America · Travel

São Paulo, Brazil – Brazil’s Big Apple

Arriving from Buzios, the first thing we noticed about São Paulo is that it goes on…and on…and on! It is massive. The city of São Paulo  is home to over 12,000,000 people and sprawls over 1521 square kilometres. It is a very dense city, with 6 times more people per square kilometre than my home town… Continue reading São Paulo, Brazil – Brazil’s Big Apple

South America · Travel

Buzios, Brazil - Boats, Bella Vista and Brigitte

In the winter of 2008, I decided it was time to visit Brazil and attend its famous Carnivale! I booked us on direct flights with British Airways and in February 2009, we were off. I planned a one night stay in the beach town of Buzios, two nights in bustling São Paulo and then Rio… Continue reading Buzios, Brazil - Boats, Bella Vista and Brigitte

Europe · Travel

Madrid, Spain – Tapas, Time-wasting and Tipsy Boyfriends

Arriving at Madrid International Airport was a real shock to the system. After using smaller airports, our legs almost couldn’t stand the strain of the long walk between the plane and passport control. Posters dotted the terminal, the faces of wanted basque separatists and other terrorists staring blankly across the immigration hall. In 2004, a… Continue reading Madrid, Spain – Tapas, Time-wasting and Tipsy Boyfriends

Europe · Travel

Berlin, Germany Part 1  – Bargain Flights & Big Mistakes

I have always liked the idea of going Interrailing. As you can see in this blog about Canada, I do enjoy train travel. After some research, a multi-country pass was coming up at about £180. Two days after discussing it with Karl, and planning out an itinerary, I received an email from Ryanair. They were offering… Continue reading Berlin, Germany Part 1  – Bargain Flights & Big Mistakes

Europe · Travel

Budapest, Hungary Part 1 – Castles, Cold and Competitions

New Year’s Eve can be a traumatic experience. So much build up, so much hype, so much to go wrong and SO much to regret. To spread the strain, Karl’s friends from school like to go away for a couple of days. In December 2007, I joined them on my first group trip with “the… Continue reading Budapest, Hungary Part 1 – Castles, Cold and Competitions