Travel Moments: Walking the Camino de Santiago

The path stretched over the hill to the horizon. There was nothing but a trail through patchwork green. Head down, I focused on the grit of the soil, the drips off my limbs and the splash underfoot. The approaching storm dampened the light, dampened my damp and weary will. And all I could hear was … More Travel Moments: Walking the Camino de Santiago

Walking the end of my Camino to Santiago de Compostela, Spain

The white concrete walls and lichen-covered facades of Santiago de Compostela are a heady contrast to my view of days past. As I sit here, looking across the window-framed historical centre, listening to church bells call the city to mass, I am filled with a quiet sense of accomplishment. To get here, I walked for … More Walking the end of my Camino to Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Four days of solo Camino: walking through the Spanish Meseta

There are some things that are best experienced within the solitude of your mind, like meditating or soul searching… and perhaps, walking through the Spanish Meseta on the Camino de Santiago. The Meseta is the central Spanish tableland, which intersects the Camino Frances between Burgos and Astorga. It is a part of Spain known among … More Four days of solo Camino: walking through the Spanish Meseta

7 Days walking el Camino de Santiago, Spain

After seven days of walking el Camino, my perspective has changed a lot. I have admired picturesque views more majestic than my imagination could conjure.  I’ve met people from many backgrounds, each with a compelling story and an offer of personal truth. I’ve learnt about the logistics of the Camino – how to find a … More 7 Days walking el Camino de Santiago, Spain

Following flowers and shells: a photo walk along el Camino de Santiago, Spain

One of the daily delights in my new life walking el Camino de Santiago is following trails of wildflowers, proud village blooms and the shell symbol of Saint James. Every step of the way these have been in sight: fields of poppies and daisies, chamomile and dandelion along the path edge, a shell quietly waiting … More Following flowers and shells: a photo walk along el Camino de Santiago, Spain

Two days on Camino de Santiago: impressions

Day 1 From the moment we left our room in Pamplona, we were winging it. Dave and I both had light packs with minimum supplies for a month of walking, a vague map and very poor sense of direction. After two kilometres (kms) of wandering residential streets, we found our first shell – the symbol … More Two days on Camino de Santiago: impressions

Starting el Camino de Santiago: confessions from an almost-pilgrim

I am shaking in my figurative boots right now as I prepare for bed in Pamplona, Spain. Tomorrow when I wake, I’ll be eating a boiled egg and fruit, drinking a coffee, pulling on my ‘day’ clothes and shaking in my literal walking shoes as I start the first day of my one month pilgrimage … More Starting el Camino de Santiago: confessions from an almost-pilgrim

Gratitude for a Wonderful Year of Travel Adventures – 2012

As we wander into another new year, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on 2012 adventures, and to thank you, my lovely readers, for sharing my journey. For me, 2012 was about realising dreams: my dream of travelling Europe for months and my dream of working as a travel writer. While I am … More Gratitude for a Wonderful Year of Travel Adventures – 2012

Art, Music & Culture in Granada, Spain

A few weeks ago I had the delight of visiting the Southern Spanish city of Granada. Known for its bohemian culture, impressive Muslim legacy and flamenco-gypsy arts, this dynamic city was bound to entertain. I was pretty excited to be in a region where delicious Spanish food meets multicultural colour and stunning Spanish landscapes. By … More Art, Music & Culture in Granada, Spain

Travel. Food. Photo. Spain. (Pt.2)

Yesterday was the last day of my six week Spanish adventure, during which I saw a lot of the country, learnt a little of the language and ate lots of delicious food. Starting in lovely Barcelona, I then walked from Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela on the Camino de Santiago, Camino Frances. I cycled the … More Travel. Food. Photo. Spain. (Pt.2)

Cycling in San Sebastian, Spain

There is something inherently serene about cycling by the sea. Perhaps its the feeling of salty air filling your lungs as your glide like a gull along the waters-edge. Perhaps its the big blue space that reminds you that the world is vast and wild. Or maybe, its just the simple pleasure of being away … More Cycling in San Sebastian, Spain

6 Wonderful ways to experience Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Traditional and contemporary delights contribute equal doses of charm in the northern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. Widely known as being a UNESCO World Heritage City, the home of the tomb of Saint James and the end of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, Santiago attracts millions of pilgrims each year, as well as plenty … More 6 Wonderful ways to experience Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Travel. Food. Photo. Spain. (Pt.1)

In April, the fresh flavours of Istanbul, Turkey inspired me to photograph and share my culinary adventures in the first instalment of Travel. Food. Photo. It seems that you liked the vicarious tasting tour, so I’m back to share the exciting palette of Northern Spain, which I enjoyed in May (and continue to enjoy) while … More Travel. Food. Photo. Spain. (Pt.1)

Reflections: A 2012 Travel Photo Essay

I’ve always found that travelling offers so many opportunities to reflect, to re-evaluate the direction of my life. Unlike the routine churn of home life, travelling allows time and space, a new angle from which to view the world, new experiences to teach you, and different challenges to remind you that there is always more … More Reflections: A 2012 Travel Photo Essay

Barcelona express: food, sights and culture in two days

Here is a little post written during my visit to Barcelona a couple of weeks ago… now that I’m walking el Camino across Spain, Barcelona streets seem so far away. Hope you enjoy. xo It’s 9pm here in Barcelona, meaning the sun will soon disappear behind the sea of balconied buildings. Although only my third … More Barcelona express: food, sights and culture in two days

For the love of Turkish coffee

Thick, sweet, caffeinated goodness, oh how I love you… especially when served in tiny colourful cups amidst the whir of Turkish culture. For the love of you, I have been led into hidden bookish courtyards, I have whittled hours watching passers-by, and I’ve been persuaded to perform foreign stove-top rituals at the risk of shame … More For the love of Turkish coffee

From Istanbul to Barcelona, from there to here

A rising murmur in the afternoon street rouses me from siesta. Eyes open to a sun-streaked balcony of daisies and thyme. Ears focus on the plucking of strings and the zip of motos under echoing sirens. I am warm, tired and utterly disoriented. And then I remember: Barcelona is out there. My head is still … More From Istanbul to Barcelona, from there to here

The 2012 Travel Itinerary: Choosing From a World of Adventures

‘Which ones can we cross off the list then?’ he asked with sincere concern. We had been negotiating with nations (I’ll give you Malta for Slovenia and raise you Bulgaria). But suddenly I realised how unrealistic I was being; perhaps we couldn’t see all the places in Europe… Sure, nine months of travelling seems like … More The 2012 Travel Itinerary: Choosing From a World of Adventures