Fact Checking South Africa & What I Didn’t Know
On our way to see the eluding whales (we only got to see a tail, far into the sea, and through binoculars), our very friendly guide shared a wealth of information about the country – both things he was proud of, and sadder realities – something I personally very much appreciated.
Some of the things he was saying sounded a bit stretched, though, so I decided to fact check him when I got back home.
It’s how I learned, for example, that South Africa:
Has the longest Wine Route in the World. Spanning a distance of 850 km, Route 62 is said to be the longest wine route in the world, stretching from Cape Town, Constantia, to Port Elizabeth
… More Fact Checking South Africa & What I Didn’t Know
Let me first say: there are tours and there are tours.
And then there are more tours.
This is not an attempt to bulk all tours under one same big umbrella.
That being said: I always had mixed feelings towards traveling in organized tours. They can be a great way to see the world, or they can lead to utter failure. And I’ve experienced both.
Part of my love hate relationship with tours is that the definition of what’s an organized tour can be very broad. Organized tours can be anything from a zip-line day trip in the jungle to being stuck in a multi-day coach with 60 other people.
They can be niche & off the beaten experiences, or best of.. tours, good for checking things off a bucket list – but not merely able to scratch the surface of your destination.
Which is why I’ve decided this will be my first Open Mic topic:
Organized tours: Do or Don’t?
Andrea, Ingrid, Madalina and Izabella will join the conversation to share their personal experience, address some biases and probably create some others in the process 😛
… More Open Mic – Organized Tours: Do or Don’t?
With only one week to go until we’re up & away to South Africa, plans are in motion to build my Kindle and Paper Fortress for my in-flight readathon.
After all, we’re talking about 15 hours of flight time – and that’s just to get there!
However, and learning from past mistakes, I’m only packing 2 South African books on this readathon. (I’ve always got extra up my sleeve, anyway..)
Drum-rolls.. Here they are: … More Readathon-ing towards South Africa
I like to talk. I do. A lot.
Some would say too much, even.
You know that annoying person sitting behind you at the cinema, who constantly comments the scenes, while you’re trying to watch the damn movie?
That’s me. (Hey, it’s not my fault they make bad movies!)
In an effort to not annoy you wanderlusting readers too much… … More Introducing: Open Mic Series
In a world where journalistic skills are hard to come by, and fake news are just too ingrained in our information consumption, Tim Marshall’s book Prisoners of Geography is such a fresh breath of clean air!
I did end up pulling an all nighter on this book, but went as far as midway, with 5 maps and a wealth of information making me a better informed global citizen.
So here’s me passing it forward to you.
Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know about Geopolitics … More Prisoners of Geography – Maps that Matter (Part 1)
I went to London on a morning flight and, with absolutely no mood to chat, as I sat there in my middle seat between a Brit coming from a Spanish pub crawl and a Canadian family flying back after vacationing in Barcelona… guess what?
Turned out chatting was a much better idea. Because Canadians are just that friendly. 🙂
… More Flash Readathon: Prisoners of Geography
What a freaking treasure I’ve stumbled upon!
Anyone who hasn’t heard of VizEat: you’re doing yourself a big favor scrolling down for this one, because it looks like communal dining is making a comeback..
VizEat is a platform that connects a global network of hosts who want to cook for people in their homes with travelers mostly, who want to eat with the locals when abroad and enjoy a personal, local and immersive food experience.
In their words, VizEat is a place to discover & enjoy Social Dining, be it : Meals, Cooking Classes or Food Tours. … More VizEat : Taste your way through Traveling!
Travel. It leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller.
I absolutely hate this quote – and we are all to blame! It’s been so overly popularized that it became annoying, like a good song stuck abusively on repeat.
However: That is the promise of the TripTalk app ! … More TripTalk – Story Making for All!
Did I mention how we decided to visit Bilbao in June, just to be hit by 12°C temperatures and drizzle ?
Well, when Bilbao gives you rain, you have the option to sulk, or to go see some kick-ass museums, eat fantastic Basque food and just #raindontcare … More When Bilbao gives you rain, you… Eat?
It was a sunny Saturday morning and I was sitting on my balcony, scrolling Instagram for my weekly fix of travel daydreaming, when I saw it:
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.
Just… love at first sight!
And this wanderlusting was not for a far away place, because the amazing piece of nature -meets – man-made is a mere 50 minutes flight away from Barcelona.
In my mind this was a done deal, right there on that balcony. … More Off the beaten: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe