A dream fulfilled at Borobudur

It’s been a long-time dream of mine to visit Borobudur, a 9th century Buddhist temple in Central Java and a few weeks ago my dream was finally fulfilled. I couldn’t quite believe I was there, just 12 hours after arriving in Yogyakarta after a very long journey from the UK. Borobudur is one of Java’s…

2 weeks in Java and Sulawesi – trip highlights in photos

The stupas of Borobudur, central Java The incredible Hindu temple of Prambanan, central Java The keraton (sultan’s palace) in Yogyakarta Javanese dance in Surakarta An amazing sunrise boat ride spotting pilot whales, Tangkoko national park, North Sulawesi   Relaxing in paradise a.k.a. Bunaken island, North Sulawesi The fascinating cliff burials of Tana Toraja, Sulawesi Torajan…

Discover Kenya’s colourful canyon – the Marafa Depression

Did you know you could find landscapes like this in Kenya, only a few miles from the tropical coastline? Intrigued to hear more about a place the locals call ‘Hell’s Kitchen’? Let me take you back to 2010, when we spent a week in Kenya on our honeymoon, mixing a safari with some boat trips…

What will Brexit mean for ERASMUS students and why it matters

So, 52% of UK voters have chosen to leave the EU, a decision which has far-reaching consequences in many areas of daily life. One thing that’s unclear is how university students who chose to study abroad in Europe for a year as part of their degree, under the ERASMUS scheme, will fare. Will they still…

What to do in Lisbon? 5 different places to see

Lisbon has mixed reviews, it’s fair to say. The city seems to divide opinion but I found much to like during a visit back in January. It didn’t hurt that the sun shone all the time; sometimes the weather can be quite overcast but we were lucky. It’s easy to get around on Lisbon’s buses,…

Heading east this autumn – please share your Indonesia tips!

Photo credit – Flickr creative commons I’m very happy to say that a destination I’ve had on my radar for a while will become a reality this September. We’re off to Indonesia for 2 weeks and I can’t wait! We’ll be spending time on Java and Sulawesi, although we’re still pinning down the details. Borobudur…

Hidden Holland: the nativity scenes of Liempde

This post may not seem very seasonal, but I was looking back through some old posts and realised I once planned a series on hidden corners of Holland. With a Dutch husband I visit a couple of times a year, but perhaps because it seems so familiar, I rarely write about it. The small village…

Revisiting an icon – when is the best time to visit Iguazu Falls?

I’ve been lucky enough to visit Iguazu Falls twice now and it’s definitely an amazing place to add to your South American trip. But the two experiences were quite different; one in February (summer) and one in July (winter), when the water reached exceptionally high levels due to floods in Parana state. You can read…

Adventures in the Bolivian Pantanal

“We usually eat them whole, with our hands.”   She mimed chomping across the bony flesh, then gestured to the knife and fork on the table. “But you can use those.” Piranhas have a fearsome reputation but most of the time they’re harmless enough. Just don’t get into the water with them during mating season….