Relax: 6 beaches and a restaurant tip

Relaxation was the main focus of the day today – starting with a 30 minute deep tissue massage in the hotel’s beautiful spa. A quick stop on the beach in front of the hotel was the first of 6 beaches I visited during the course of the day. Admittedly, the first one was short, and…

Rhodes: Beaches and Lindos

One minute I’m enjoying a meal of vine-wrapped chicken stuffed with haloumi cheese and red peppers on a rooftop restaurant during sunset in the quaint Greek town of Lindos. And 2 hours later I am night-swimming in the Aegean Sea under a big yellow moon while a plane comes in to land overhead. 2 of…

Rodos, Greece: Initial Impressions

I should have known better, but in the rush to quickly book a long weekend away on a sunny island in a new country, I booked an All Inclusive hotel on Rhodes… The hotel itself is nice: clean, modern, friendly and right on the beach. And after checking in I did the Done Thing and…

Chernobyl

Exactly 2 years ago I spent 2 months in Europe, visiting family & friends and trying to decide what to do with the rest of my life. This is the time I first considered going to visit the site of the (then) largest nuclear accident – Chernobyl. Instead, I used those few days in a…

Babyn Yar – the horror at Kyiv

Babyn Yar (or Babi Yar) At the end of September of 1941, the Nazi occupiers of Kiev in the Ukraine put up notices to say that all Jewish residents of the city were to report at 08h00 on 29 September with their papers, valuables and basic clothing. “Translation of the document: All Jews of the…

A Tale of Various Cities – Part I: Dubai

10 days that felt like 3 weeks – proving again that the act of “living in the moment” while travelling is so very good for you. I am physically tired, but mentally recharged and stimulated after so very many impressions.   It was always going to be interesting, combining Dubai, Kiev and Chernobyl. The reply…

On things i love

Once i put my mind to it, there’s really no way around it. I must make it happen. Luckily, this is one of the things i love doing – and is actually one of the reasons I am in the job i have today. Making a travel dream come true – and affordable – come…

The Gods of East Africa were on my side

The Gods were definitely on my side today, granting me these empty streets. The thought came to me quite late in the flight, when I suddenly realised that the airport in Addis Ababa is only about 20 minutes from town. So, with 4 hours to kill before my onward flight, and the fact you can…