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Greek Getaways

Greek Getaways

Swimming at sunset, swimming at sunrise, swimming on our own private beach. Washing back melitzanosalata, saganaki, grilled fish and greek salad with a swig of ouzo, watching local families dine at 10pm in the square of this little village near the port of Gytheio. Sometimes it’s the most unplanned, the most unexpected places that take … Continue reading

Meteora Rocks

Meteora Rocks

When the big decision you have to make is whether to visit Meteora or whether to visit Delphi, you know you’re pretty lucky. After some expert advice from a lovely 85 year-old grandma, we decided on Meteora. And as you would expect from someone with a lifetime of wisdom to share, we were not set … Continue reading

The Sights and Smells of Sarajevo

The Sights and Smells of Sarajevo

Sarajevo smells good. It smells like your neighbour’s house that you walk past every day on your way home from work, which makes your stomach rumble. It smells like warm burek, fresh from the oven. It smells like strong Bosnian coffee. It smells like double apple shisha. It smells of the smoke from your freshly … Continue reading

Memories of Mostar

Memories of Mostar

“New Zealand?” asked the customs agent. “Let me check if you need a visa to enter,” he said as he walked away with out passports. My heart sank, I knew I didn’t need a visa. Last time border control walked away with my passport (I’m looking at you Cambodia) I ended up paying a ransom … Continue reading

Discovering Dubrovnik

Discovering Dubrovnik

I knew a bit about Dubrovnik before I went there: it’s the tourist capital of Croatia and a cruise ship hub, the old town is full of day-trippers from all the cruise ships that stop there, it’s hot, it’s expensive (well not really unless you’re living in Spain like I was), it’s beautiful, you may … Continue reading

16 Hours in Split

16 Hours in Split

I like slow travel. I’m happy spending 5 days in one place, a week in the next and getting to know a place, not just hitting the main sights and telling people that I’ve “done” a place. My time in Croatia had to be a little bit different because I’d travelled too slowly through Slovenia … Continue reading

Let’s Go To Ljubljana

Let’s Go To Ljubljana

I should never have ended up in Ljubljana. When you look at a map and see how to get to the Greek Islands from Madrid, the best way is a cheap flight across the Mediterranean Sea. But for some reason, I thought that the best way would be to go almost the entire way by … Continue reading

The Pull of Porto

The Pull of Porto

I’d been dreaming of moving to Spain ever since I got home from my university exchange in 2006. So naturally the first long weekend I got when I finally did move to Madrid, you’d imagine I’d spend it somewhere in Spain, right? Wrong. Thanks to some cheap Ryanair flights, a little bit of arm twisting … Continue reading