A long weekend and a longer drive to Zhejiang province

May 1st is Chinese Labor Day, which meant a long weekend and an opportunity to get out of the city for a break! I decided to book a fairly last minute trip with a travel company (Traveller’s Society) to Zhejiang province for a weekend of hiking and mountain biking through rice terraces. The original itinerary…

Rainy days in Amsterdam!

Sunday 16 August to Thursday 20 August I was curious whether Amsterdam would reflect the image I had in my head, which consisted of crazy Dutch people flying by on bicycles, drugs and prostitutes at every corner, and gardens filled with tulips. After four nights there, I had learnt that: – there were far more…

Be sure to wear, flowers in your hair

Apologies, this post has been very delayed! Several days in San Francisco, California, provided me with a few welcome comforts after leaving Central America: being able to understand everything around me again, ready access to a variety of food (not just beans and rice!), and department stores! 


I had heard many people rave about the twin volcano island of Ometepe, and it was listed on Lonely Planet as one of the ‘must see’ places in Nicaragua. With that in mind, I made my way there from Granada with high expectations.

Cuba – out of the big smoke!

(Days 17 to 19 – Trinidad) From Havana, we caught the Viazul bus through to Trinidad. We were advised that the bus left at 8.15am and to be at the station an hour beforehand to purchase tickets. We had a very confusing interchange at the Viazul office, in which it seemed that the bus actually left…