A Garden with a View

Costa Brava is such a diverse region. From Blanes in the south to the French border in the north, this Catalonian region encompasses mountains and cliffs, plains and rough terrain, cities that manage to be simultaneously cosmopolitan and quaint. Here are adorable villages, miles and miles of coastline with alluring little coves and bays and, […]

The Road to Gjógv

A road trip in the Faroe Islands is a treat, with awe-inspiring vistas or colourful little villages whichever way you turn. Around a bend in the road, this is what you might see: … or this: We’re on Sheep Islands, so you will also see this: On the island of Eysturey, you’ll pass by Eiði. […]

Dreaming of Gaborone

As I write this, I’m sitting on the terrace of Ashanti Guesthouse in Cape Town, thinking about Botswana. I was once in Gaborone, Botswana’s somewhat unassuming capital. Just for a weekend, really. Everything was closed and the town was very quiet. My young self, well… younger self, was easily bored, so after a few days […]

Cape Town revisited

As I write this, I’m sat at Heathrow, waiting for British Airways to fly me 30 000 ft or so above the warm African night. It’s a spur of the moment decision. I meant to call my friend from primary school, Ingrid, to see if we could find time for a coffee. Turns out she’s […]

Atlantic Canada Road trip: Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia

There’s something very appealing about Atlantic Canada. During a road trip in Nova Scotia, we stumbled upon Blue Rocks, a curious fishing village turned artist colony. In Atlantic Canada, the fishing industry has been on the verge of collapse for the last 20 years. The young leave in droves, lured to the oil-sands in Alberta. […]

Scotland Street, Edinburgh

I may have told you before about my love affair with Alexander McCall Smith, or more specifically, his characters. The wise lady detective in Gaborone, the inimitable Edinburgh philosopher Isabel Dalhousie, the pompous Professor Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, the wonderfully quirky characters in 44 Scotland Street – I want to know them all. Just think of the dinner party discussions…

Zip lining in Costa Rica

By Catarina Redisch at Tarcoles River, Costa Rica When we were in Costa Rica, mum wanted to visit a coffee plantation. My sister and I would rather zip line. We were going to fly between 9 platforms. We took a bus to Tarcoles River. As we got out of the bus, we walked a little […]