My first trip to Stockholm was in summer 2003. It wasn’t my first trip to Sweden; the summer before I had been to the south of the country, combining a few days in Copenhagen with a few more in its Swedish neighbour across the Öresund Bridge, the city of Malmö in southern Sweden.… Keep readingRead more
It’s funny how there are some places you never thought you would visit. I have a friend who took some teasing for many years about his enthusiasm for the Maldives; he was keen to extol the virtues of these idyllic islands in the sun, with their white sand beaches and stilted bungalows, to anyone who would listen.… Keep readingRead more
In September 2015 I went to Kenya. I was on my way to another location in Africa, but as so often happens, my flights there and back transited in Nairobi and the temptation to see something outside the airport was too much to bear. So it was that I broke my journey on the way home, and spent two days and two nights in on a whistle-stop tour of the area.… Keep readingRead more
I arrived in Tainan on a Wednesday. Dropped off by bus in the city centre, I meandered through exotic local streets on the way to my hotel, absorbing the hustle and bustle of this very Chinese city. Taiwan has its own unique culture, but the vast majority of its inhabitants migrated from the Chinese mainland, and the primary language is Mandarin and the culture a wonderful evolution of Chinese life before communism set in.… Keep readingRead more
This third instalment in the series is about a country that I just felt so comfortable in: Brazil. What’s so great?
1. The laid-back vibe.
Brazil just doesn’t seem to care what people think of it. The lifestyle is laid-back, the pace of life is slow, and Havaiana flip-flops and skimpy clothing are the order of the day.… Keep readingRead more