Minca is a tiny village just outside of Santa Marta and close to Tyrona national park. It’s a must see for anyone exploring this area. The place to stay is Casa Elemento, a now pretty well know hostel. Well know because of one giant hammock overlooking the vast Colombian jungle, the perfect spot to sit back and take it all in. Casa Elemento boasts ‘Farm fresh food, craft beer on tap, climbing wall and high ropes course as well as dorms, hammocks and private cabanas’….Continue Reading “The Caribbean Coast of Colombia: Tyrona National Park and Minca”

There’s nothing like flying into Hong Kong, the view of the city lining the island from the air is other-worldly. My overnight flight from London Heathrow to Manila was pretty eventful, and by that, I mean stressful. Philippine airlines have taken a new approach to inflight entertainment in that you have to ask for an electronic device which you’ll then spend the rest of the flight trying to perch on your tiny pull out tray. I opted to read and try to sleep for the…Continue Reading “Arriving in Hong Kong”

Puebla has many historical sites and museums and is famous for its sweet street; Calle de dulce. This was a great place to look for souvenirs in the traditional Mexican markets and get a look at some hand painted china in the many small shops. During our tour, we visited Puebla Cathedral and the Biblioteca Palafoxiana. What’s interesting about the cathedral is the modern sculptures in the courtyard outside, the contrast between old and new is quite striking. The library is just 25 pesos (£1.08)…Continue Reading “A Weekend in Puebla, Mexico”

Apart from being known for its silver, Taxco is pretty understated as a tourist destination which makes it even more appealing. When we arrived the beauty of the town was a total surprise. Nestled between mountains and cliffs, the towns beautiful colonial buildings sit on slopes of cobbled streets. The streets are actually so steep that most of the taxi drivers opt for altered Volkswagen beetles as they are apparently the only cars that can take on the gradient. One issue we had with these…Continue Reading “Taxco, Mexico”

Mexico is a large country with diverse and very different areas and states. I have visited a few different areas and they all had their own charms. Cuernavaca Cuernavaca is the capital of the Morelos state and is known as the ‘city of eternal spring’ for its appealing climate which remains between 20-30 degrees almost all year round. In the centre of the city, you’ll find a few tourist attractions such as the palace of Cortés which is now home to the regional museum. There’s…Continue Reading “Traveling around Mexico”

I started my week in Berlin with a walking tour of the centre. Free tours commence every day, meeting at Alexanderplatz at 11am. This introduction to the city focuses on its incredible history with stops at the site of Hitler’s bunker, the holocaust memorial, checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin wall. My first impressions were of a city which has rebuilt itself, but is still burdened with a horrific past. As far as cities go, Berlin is pretty unique in its atmosphere. The streets can be almost eerily…Continue Reading “A week in Berlin, Germany”

I started my journey via bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh in Cambodia and planned to return to Vietnam after a few days of exploring this city. I booked my bus ticket on a site called camboticket which sells tickets for bus companies such as SAPACO who I ended up traveling with. After reading a few reviews, I thought this company sounded like one of the more reliable options. The office from which the bus picks you up was also close to…Continue Reading “Getting from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to Phnom Penh, Cambodia”