Month: January 2016

Easter Procession
Cuba

Trinidad: the Easter Cross Procession

Trinidad is about 4 hours’ drive south from Havana. A mild climate and the easy access to the Caribbean favoured its agricultural and commercial growth. The architectural prosperity in the colonial times shaped the city and beautifully framed its narrow streets paved in cobblestones. Trinidad is deeply religious – both Santeria and […]

Mt Karioi and Te Toto Gorge, Raglan
New Zealand

Mt Karioi and Te Toto Gorge, Raglan

Our first significant battle against gravity since our Matamataharakeke walk at Waikawau Bay was Mt Karioi, a 2.4-million-year-old volcano 8km south of the seaside town of Raglan in the Waikato. I’ve climbed it before, years ago, but from the non-scenic side and not in 27-degree heat. The drive from Raglan […]

Cienfuegos – Cuba’s colonial gem
Cuba

Cienfuegos – Cuba’s colonial gem

We arrived at Cienfuegos just after lunch and the streets were roasting under our feet. Unsurprisingly at that time of the day many people prefered to stay in front of a fan rather than touring the town like us, so we mainly found homeless people resting under Parque José Martí trees or venturing […]

Muraleando – the artistic Cuban neighbourhood
Cuba

Muraleando – the artistic Cuban neighbourhood

Muraleando After days of Central Havana, it was time to visit somewhere less tourist-centred and more real. While Darren went exploring Playa Larga, Gaby (a friend from the tour) and I decided to go and visit Muraleando, the artistic neighborhood of the Cuban capital. We took a taxi to go […]

Pachacamac, Lima – dust and deities
Peru

Pachacamac, Lima – dust and deities

Lima wasn’t one of my favourite cities. The most exciting thing about it was the insane taxi ride from the airport to the bed and breakfast which was even more underpant-stripingly scary than the Formula Rosso rollercoaster in UAE and some of the food I ate in Chile. Some of […]

Santiago, Chile – street art
Chile

Santiago, Chile – street art

Santiago has a lot of street art and a lot of Jesus. Everywhere you look there’s either graffiti or a Christian statue. Chilean street art From simple tagging to full-blown murals, Santiago’s colourful walls are mesmerising. There are paintings everywhere of a stupendously high quality, and even if they’re not […]

Cuba’s cars
Cuba

Cuba’s cars

Cuba’s cars come in four main eras: the 1930s (often European like Citroen), the 1950s (mostly American), the 1970s (mostly Russian) and new cars (mostly Chinese, but a few Korean and Euro). It’s an interesting mix but is still predominantly innumerable Chevrolets and Ladas in various states of decay. Spotting the […]

Climbing the sloped walkway  Matamataharakeke track offers great shots to the valley
New Zealand

Waikawau Bay, Coromandel

After a few days in Whitianga we stayed in Waikawau Bay Conservation campground for a couple of nights. Its location was ideal, being close to good walks and having the camp just a stone’s throw from the sea. Again we were not very lucky with the weather and couldn’t enjoy the beach too […]

Chelsea Sugar Factory to Kendall Bay walk, Auckland
New Zealand

Chelsea Sugar Factory to Kendall Bay walk, Auckland

A fine three-hour walk is to take the track from the Chelsea Sugar Factory on Colonial Road, Auckland through the forest to Kendall Bay (which has quite a nice beach), then return and take the loop through the Chelsea Sugar Heritage Estate which takes in brilliant views across to Auckland […]