Marvellous Mendoza: a whole world beyond wine

On my previous trip to Mendoza, I learnt an awful lot about the wine they produce there. I was learning by submersion; one vat of wine at a time! This time around, I branched out considerably and began to discover so much more about the quirks of local life. Here are just a few teasers… Continue reading Marvellous Mendoza: a whole world beyond wine

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Ice Ice Baby: Exploring El Calafate

Before I begin, a word of warning. Should you wish to travel, as we did, from Puerto Natales, Chile, to El Calafate, Argentina, the bus is simple and comfortable enough: six hours, approx £12. What is not advised however, is to lose, as Leo did, the PDI receipt he had received upon entering Chile. The… Continue reading Ice Ice Baby: Exploring El Calafate

Torres del Paine; Towers of Pain

As two people more accustomed to enjoying a milanesa, copa de vino and a siesta than to any hard exercise, we took it upon ourselves to attempt the totally self-guided 4-5 day "W Trek" through Chile's Parque Nacional Torres del Paine. It seemed like "Towers of Pain" was an apt name for what lay ahead!… Continue reading Torres del Paine; Towers of Pain

A Quick Tour of Chilean Patagonia

Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales: Two relatively unremarkable cities in themselves, popular largely for being gateways to the beautiful Patagonian nature beyond. But we still managed to enjoy a variety of offerings: cultural, gastronomical and down right silly. Our first taste of Chile, on our journey northwards from Ushuaia, was a ferry across the Magellan Strait.… Continue reading A Quick Tour of Chilean Patagonia

The End of the World is Nigh

Sun, sea and snow-capped mountains. A magical trio that you quite literally have to go to the end of the earth to find adjacent to one another. As we disembarked our plane in Ushuaia, into the modest ski-chalet style airport, I was surprised and delighted to find that it was gently snowing. Everyone was wrapped… Continue reading The End of the World is Nigh

Free Fun in Buenos Aires

Despite spending the longest time in this city on my last trip, almost even committing to calling it home, I experienced another side to BA this time around. The Bargain Hunters Buenos Aires. Having seen all the tourist hotspots before, and driven by promos and the constant search for free entertainment, we sampled some of… Continue reading Free Fun in Buenos Aires

Street-life: the rhythms of Rio

Having just recently booked flights for my long-awaited return to South America (they say third time's a charm!) I began taking a trip down memory lane: Famed for Christ the Redeemer, the Olympics, Copacabana beach and bikini waxes therein, Rio de Janeiro is the city that effortlessly shifts from golden sands to verdant hills, from… Continue reading Street-life: the rhythms of Rio

Dublin for a Day: the James Joyce edition

As enthusiastic readers of James Joyce (or at least aspiring to be so), we began with a shot of Jameson's Irish Whisky before our obscenely early flight to Dublin. With just one day to soak up the culture, we had to start as we meant to go on! A ridiculously short flight later and we… Continue reading Dublin for a Day: the James Joyce edition

Fun at the Fringe; a long weekend in Edinburgh

Admire the views from atop 'Arthur's Seat'; play with medieval weaponry at the castle; scale the treacherous heights of the Scot memorial; these are all the things I intended to achieve on my first trip to Edinburgh. Instead, I spent five days hidden from the sunlight (please allow my poetic license, after all, this is… Continue reading Fun at the Fringe; a long weekend in Edinburgh

London Life: Holidaying at Home

Not far from the suburban bliss of drinking red wine by my garden fireplace, an abundance of surprises line the London streets. It seems a crying shame that I so often skim over many of these wonders, until provoked to explore by a visiting friend demanding a tour guide. It took but a single afternoon… Continue reading London Life: Holidaying at Home