Kobe

If ever there was an athlete who I considered invincible, it was Kobe Bryant. Not in metaphorical terms, à la Usain Bolt on the track, Michael Phelps in the pool, or Floyd Mayweather in the ring. He had something extra, an aura that made him both the most talented and the most interesting person in …

Caucuses

Arriving in Kutaisi’s new airport was the beginning of our Caucasian journey. Approximately 100% of the people I’d told about my holiday with my sister were perplexed and couldn’t have told you where on earth Kutaisi was. To be honest, it’s not quite Barcelona or St Petersburg as far as second cities go, with a …

Churchkhela

I arrived in Georgia yesterday, and have already found my new favourite food. This delightful local delicacy is called Churchkhela (ჩურჩხელა in Georgian) and is made by threading almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, chocolate, or sometimes raisins onto a string, dipping them in thickened grape (or other fruit) juice and drying them in the shape of a …

Medellín

Medellín – the city of eternal spring – is a modern jewel of a city from the outskirts that lap the sides of the valley inwards towards the sparkle of the bustling centre where everything moves a little faster. Feisty and charming, paisas are the lifeblood of the city and are proud of its recent …

Bogotá

Bogotá is an imperious urban sprawl, and although it is lacking the bursts of colour that flow through the rest of the country, it pulls you in nevertheless and wills you to be impressed. A feverish energy can be identified as you negotiate the oft-chaotic streets, and a notable lull can be found as you …

Cartagena

Turn a corner in Cartagena and you could feasibly have gone back in time. History oozes from the vibrant façades that line the magical streets of Colombia’s most beautiful and historically important city, the veins that trace through the city that is so alive it is almost breathing with life itself. Old and new are …

Vietnam

There is a certain mystique to Vietnam that paints your experience in near sepia. Tradition and heritage course through the streets and the landscapes remain beautifully untouched from mountainous north to the pristine beaches in the south. Vietnam’s astounding scenery is without a doubt one of its principal attractions, and the narrow shape of the …

Seville

The heart of Andalusia - the true Spain according to some - can be found in the achingly picturesque city of Seville. A labyrinth of history and charm, energy and verve, and unforgettable culinary delights is the setting for another exceptional gastrotour. Taberna Alambique – as far as modestly priced tapas restaurants go, Taberna Alambique …

Roraima

In a peaceful corner of Venezuela lies a range of sleeping giants, known as tepuis. Roraima is the most impressive, and one of the more accessible of the tepuis. Its lunar-like plateau spans the Guyanese and Brazilian borders, and lends to breathtaking views of which photos cannot quite do justice. The trek The journey begins in …

Venezuela

Straddling all kinds of terrain, this spectacular country has some of the world's most impressive scenery. Whilst admittedly politically and economically unstable, Venezuela can be extraordinarily cheap. If sensibly approached, it can be a thoroughly rewarding and unforgettable experience. If you happen to follow global affairs even loosely, you are likely to be aware that …

Ceviche

How could raw fish and citrus be so delightful? Why am I so enjoying these popcorny kernels that refuse to become unstuck from my teeth? Why is this the first time I’ve ever eaten this? Why doesn’t every coastal country make this? All are fair questions to ask upon first trying ceviche. Of course, taste …