Journal

Tips for a wonder-filled break in Rome

 

The Coliseum, Rome

Rome is a wonder of the world. Literally! Every corner you turn there is an architectural wonder, a gastronomic wonder, a religious wonder, a wonder of ancient Rome, or a view to wonder at (romantically or otherwise). However, if you are only visiting for a short break be sure to not try and cram in too much. If you do, things will pass by in the blurr, you’ll wear yourself out, and you will not appreciate one my favourite things to do in Rome – wandering the cobbled streets of the Centro Storico or Trastevere areas drinking coffee (or prosecco), snacking on arancini, and stumbling across yet another enchanting church.

Be captivated by Ibiza’s white magic

 

Over the past two decades, Ibiza – pronounced eye-beef-a in certain circles – has become synonymous with super clubs, all-nighters, big-name DJs as well as the infamous brash party town San Antonia. Eivissa – as it is named in the dialect of the Balearics – on the other hand, is a beautifully picturesque and peaceful island in the Mediterranean sea, affectionately nick-named the White Isle. And it is surprising that on such a small land mass two more different worlds could exist. But they do and those in the know have done rather well to not let it slip.

Great ideas for a bank holiday in London

 

The UK has so few national holidays that we treasure those 8 bank-holiday Mondays sprinkled throughout the year; and, with May having a greedy 2, you have to make sure you make the most of your long weekends – even if it typically rains, as we all know it will!

As the Spring bank holiday is only few days away here’s what we did on the last May Day bank holiday to give you a few ideas for what you can do with yours:

Back for 2010

 

Happy New Year!

After a short  break, as I made my way between various Central American countries and back to the UK, I am online and ready to go for 2010.

In the news; Ryan Air falls foul of OFT for its unscrupulous hidden charges. Bosses says travellers like the way Ryan Air does business but I am not so sure. You?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8438837.stm

Belize Cayes to Antigua to Lago de Atitlán to Volcán Pacaya

 
Zapotilla Cayes, Belize

Zapotilla Cayes, Belize

To round off our time in the Caribbean we took a day trip snorkelling around the Cayes of Belize. If you ever got the chance to do this I thoroughly recommend it. Crystal turquoise waters, white sand, beautiful fish and what’s more, whale sharks. Unfortunately, the island we stopped on also had some vicious sand flies so I returned to Antigua with a golden tan but covered in red welts.

Livingston Guatemala – my office …

 
Working hard

Working hard

on the beach; what more needs to be said. We are in La Buga – Livingston, a town accessible only by boat on Guatemala’s short 74-km Caribbean coastline. Here Latin meets Black Carib, this being focal point of the Garifuna people – a culture born out of Africans meeting Caribbeans on the island of St Vincent during the days of European colonial rule.

Garifuna - Guatemalan Caribbean

Garifuna - Guatemalan Caribbean

A black Christ, Mayan ruins and coco locos in Guatemala’s Orient

 

Esquipulas FaithOn the road for work I have seen some remarkable sights over the past few days. In Esquipulas I saw the ancient caving of a black Jesus Christ, the site of a mega pilgrimage every year on January 15th.

 

 

 

 

 

Malnutrition, illegal air strips and Mr Guatemala

 
EU donates millions to combat malnutrition in Guatemala

EU donates millions

Guatemala’s farming poor are suffering from the knock-on effects of global warming. For the third year running the country’s rivers and agricultural potential have shrunk resulting in a food shortage crisis across five of the driest states. So far, the deaths of at least 25 children have been directly attributed to chronic malnutrition and now the EU has stepped in pledging $18,750,000 (about €13,000,000). If we all just turned off our TVs, our A/C units, drove our cars less or did some recycling it’d be a lot cheaper.

188 vs 34

 
It's my party and ...

It's my party and ...

September 15th was the day of two important events: celebrating Central America’s almost two centuries of independence from Spain, and, no less significant, it was also Miguel’s birthday.

To mark the occasion we threw a garden party and cooked up a feast on the BBQ: satay chicken with peanut sauce, shrimp and veggie kebabs, hotdogs and fajitas. I even made a chocolate ‘avalanche’ cake. And all washed down with plenty of rum and watermelon vodka m- after which all the nice people told Miguel he only looked 24.

Costa del Sol – El Salvador

 
Where's my Zacapa?

Where's my Zacapa?

After spending a week in the chilly highlands of Guatemala this weekend we headed to the beaches of El Salvador to catch some rays.