A Bad-Ass Tour Of The Vatican May 28th 2011 Whenever I told anyone about my bank holiday plans, the most common response was one of surprise.
"Haven't you been to Rome yet?"
With a reputation as a fairly seasoned traveller, particularly in Europe, perhaps it was understandable for people to assume that I have been to one of Europe's major tourist cities.
This weekend, I was finally getting the monkey off my back.
People woul ... read more
Europe » Vatican City Popes in their secular role ruled portions of the Italian peninsula for more than a thousand years until the mid 19th century, when many of the Papal States were seized by the newly united Kingdom of Italy. In 1870, the pope's holdings were further c... ... read more
Most of you will have been directed here by me - thanks for coming - if not, thanks for coming anyway.
I am Derek - a Kiwi currently living in London.
In June 2007, I left home to set off on a 4 1/2 month sortie around Europe via the USA, and set up this blog so that friends, family and randoms could keep track of where I have been and the shenanigans I would inevitably get up to.
I ended up putting a lot more effort into it than originally thought, and maybe surprisingly, updating and maintaining it was a lot of fun.
That trip was probably the most fun I'v... full info