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Auckland Lantern Festival
New Zealand

Auckland Lantern Festival

The Chinese community comes out in force to support the Auckland Lantern Festival. This is the first year it’s been held in Auckland Domain and it made a huge difference from Albert Park, the venue in previous years. At Albert Park it was a seething throng of people and the […]

Santa Clara and the Che Guevara Mausoleum
Cuba

Santa Clara and the Che Guevara Mausoleum

The Che Guevara Mausoleum in Santa Clara is where you go to pay your respects to the Cuban revolution. In a country where people seem to want to go abroad to see the world and feel constricted, this is where they instead take pride of who they are. Being located at the […]

Parque Guanayara
Cuba

Parque Guanayara

When we booked our visit to Parque Guanayara from the Cubatour travel agency in Trinidad, different tour options were explained to us. We picked the longest one. Even if it costed rather more than the other choices it covered all the most remarkable natural features and gave us also the chance to […]

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 […]