Ethiopia: Harar in Chaos

August 14th, 2012

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  Harar street scene: Photo by Jack McGory The hyenas circled the perimeter of the alley, audibly gnashing their teeth and giving voice to low, guttural growls.  Their feet padded softly on the dirt, but the animals’ smell overwhelmed even the fetid stink from the narrow alleyway, where night soil from an open sewage canal … Continued

Think rum, reggae beats and full on sunshine–welcome to a holiday in Jamaica! Sitting firmly in the Caribbean, this is the perfect destination for a chilled-out holiday to remember. Brimming with top-class all-inclusive hotels, this is a break that you may think costs the earth, but in reality, it’s more affordable than you realise. Flights … Continued

In late 1979 I arrived in the West African country of Gambia, broke as the day is long.  Having a poor understanding of the country’s infrastructure, I assumed that having money wired  from abroad would be a relatively easy task and was not overly concerned. I was misinformed. I had come to this sliver of … Continued

So often when people travel for short trips to a specific city, it is the city they tend to explore and nothing more.  They pull out their city maps, with all the hot spots highlighted and listed alphabetically, and plan walking or bus routes to see what they can see.  And there’s nothing wrong with … Continued

The area known today as Yemen was named by the Romans as Arabia Felix, a moniker that holds less truth in the current age. Before 1972, Yemen, then split between the old British protectorate to the south and the feudal country of North Yemen, was closed to outsiders.  The north opened suddenly, and with that … Continued

Planning. Oh, planning. The bane of many a traveller out there, planning is the thorn in the side of the beauty of exploring new places for so many. Whether or not you’re a person who’s planning is simply booking a flight or bus to their next destination, or a person who likes to have their … Continued

I drove across Turkey in 1976 in a Ford Econoline van with two friends and a few new acquaintances, on the way from Athens to Kabul.  Some of this trip’s highlights have been related elsewhere, but events in Eastern Turkey stand out, even after all these years. The western portion of the country is a … Continued

Copenhagen has countless virtues, but who knew one of them would be a hot dog? Andersen Bakery, located on the edge of the historic Tivoli amusement park, has a main store for sales of pastries and baked goods, but take note of its demure walk-in extension. This is where we found the meaty goodness of … Continued

Planning A Trip to Myanmar (Burma) Travelling to Myanmar is unlike other destinations we’ve travelled to on our around the world trip, we needed to do some serious travel planning before our arrival.   If you have this fascinating destination on your bucket list get planning now. There are a few things you need to sort out … Continued