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Europe » Russia » Northwest » Moscow May 28th 2013

One of the most significant countries in the world and with such a rich history, Russia has been on my must-see list for some time now, probably the last country in Europe that I felt I absolutely had to visit. Also the largest country in the world, colouring a massive chunk on my world map proved an incentive too! Perhaps the main reason it has taken me so long to finally visit Russia is the fact that it isn't the most accessible country to visit. It is the first country for which I have ever had to apply for a visa before travelling there and I did have reservations about how safe it might be given Russia's political history and reports of racist murders in St Petersburg. Russia is probably no more dangerous than other places, ... read more
State Historical Museum
Church Of Christ The Saviour
Bolshoi Theatre

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Edale May 6th 2013

First of all, some personal news. My company announced just before I left for Brazil, that we would be shifting half our office from London to Amsterdam - which means that if all goes according to plan, my days in London are numbered and I will be moving to Amsterdam at the start of next year. I am definitely excited about it, as I think I have run my race in London - I am looking forward to a fresh start in a one of my favourite cities in Europe, a city I felt was eminently liveable the first time I visited the place. I'm a bit tired of London's hustle and bustle and am looking forward to moving somewhere a bit smaller, friendlier and laid-back. The upshot of this is that I have suddenly realised ... read more
Castleton Valley
Stalactites & Stalagmites
The Woolpacks

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Botafogo February 23rd 2013

This blog entry chronicles the last day and a half I spent in Rio by myself before flying back out to London. It also gives me a vehicle to show off some more of the photos I took in the this stunningly scenic city.... The name of company taking me from Paraty back to Rio was called but in reality it was anything but. Again, it all started well - one of four people in a massive minivan with air-conditioning and DVDs playing on the main screen (even if it was Welcome To The Jungle starring "The Rock"). As with most people here, the driver seemed pretty laid back, and didn't speak any English. We then stop for "five minutes" which was more like twenty, while the driver decides to get the minivan washed by ... read more
Cathedral Of San Sebastian
Candeleria Church
Avenue Presidente Vargas

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Paraty February 22nd 2013

In arranging our transfer from Ilha Grande to Paraty, Sag was told one price by the tourist agent before being told another price upon payment. The price difference was relatively meagre, but he refused to pay the new price out of principle which I suppose is fair enough. Which is how we ended up on the public transportation to Paraty. It was a stinking hot day and I was hungover as f*ck, a familiar legacy from the night before. Waiting at a cafe on the beach for our boat back to the mainland, I was finding the heat a bit hard to handle. The first leg was fine - a large ferry that took us from the island to the town of Angra dos Reis. A fairly unremarkable place, a couple crazy men who interacted with ... read more
Streets Of Old Paraty #1
Natural Waterslide!
Bay Of Ilha Grande

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Ilha Grande February 20th 2013

After the craziness of Carnaval and rushing around seeing the sights of Rio, it was time for some relaxation on Ilha Grande, an island off the coast of Rio. Ilha Grande really is a place to get away from it all. As the whole island and the waters around it are protected for conservation, there are no cars allowed on the island and you can only reach the island by boat. As a result it is perhaps unsurprising that the island is full of hippies, jocks, British gap year students, and Aussie backpackers. A paradise away from the harsh realities of real life - Brazil's version of The Beach. The first thing I notice as we leave the pier and walk through the dirt roads of Vila do Abraao, the main village on ... read more
Green Lagoon
View From Parrot's Peak

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro February 14th 2013

With all of us knackered from a long night at the Sambadrome, we had a late start the next day. When we eventually came to, it was decided that we would head out to Niteroi, a city on the other side of Guanabara Bay from Rio. After a ferry and a bus ride, we eventually were dropped off at the Museum of Contemporary Art - not because any of us are particularly into contemporary art, but because of the Oscar Niemeyer-designed, flying-saucer-like building that houses the museum. One of the most influential architects of modern architecture, Brazilian born Niemeyer has left his imprint all over Rio going some way to explaining the plethora of glorious 60s/70s architecture that exists in the city. Among the buildings designed by Niemeyer is the Sambadrome itself, the Gustavo Capanema Palace, ... read more
Botafogo Beach & Sugar Loaf
Ipanema Beach
Escadaria Selaron

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Copacabana February 10th 2013

Unless you're being picky, I have now visited every continent in the world. I was always going to come to South America at some stage and Brazil in particular. Having seen, read and heard so much about the place - to finally be here was super-exciting. A place so different to what you're used to - in my head Brazil is almost the definition of exotic - I had finally reached a final frontier, of sorts. There were additional reasons that helped ramp up the anticipation of this trip; I was coming to the end of a work project that had completely consumed my life for the last six months - this was to be my reward; it had been absolutely freezing in the UK and I was heading for a tropical climate; I would be ... read more
Inside The Sambadrome
Zebra King
Puppet Float

Europe » Finland » Lapland » Rovaniemi December 26th 2012

It’s Christmas Eve 2012, and I am on a tour bus in Northern Scandinavia going from Kiruna, Sweden, to Inari, Finland. It is about -25 degrees outside which is a little warmer than it was yesterday, although ice is starting to form on the inside the bus, by the window I am sitting next to. Yes, it is cold, but we keep ourselves warm by having some fun conversation with our fellow tour-goers. Most of them are Australian couples, although there are a few Kiwis thrown in the mix too. They’re all good people and good chats, fun people to be spending long coach journeys with. We eventually arrive at what our tour operator describes as a "resort". I suppose technically it is a resort, as it is a winter leisure complex of sorts where you ... read more
The Brightest One
The Light Show
The Crew

Europe » Sweden » Norrbotten » Kiruna December 23rd 2012

It was the day from hell. Hell, it was the week from hell. The week before Christmas, and I’m pulling twelve hour days trying to get my big work project delivered on time. There was a shitload of things to do on my last day of work before my Christmas break but I had rather annoyingly and inconveniently been called to the Slough office for a meeting I couldn’t really miss. That’s OK – I’ll go all the way out there in the morning and then go back into London in the afternoon, pick up my luggage from home, pop into the office to do work shit I need to do, before hot-stepping it to Stansted Airport. The meeting runs two hours overtime; and then the ridiculously persistent rain we’d been having all month delays my ... read more
Ice Hotel Reception
The Big One
Downtown Kiruna

North America » United States » California » San Jose December 13th 2012

My cab driver obviously didn’t. He chucks me a satnav and asks me to input the address for him. When I arrive, he even asks me to fill out the receipt myself. So this is a self-service cab is it? His cab (and him) reeked too. So like Will Smith said, “smell ya later!” No dice in the mirror though. I had arrived in San Jose to undergo three days of training, a “perk” of my work. Googling for things to see and do while here, there didn’t seem to be a lot – I hoped to be proved wrong. The roads are really wide here which is consistent with the city profile; San Jose is the tenth biggest city in the US, but walking around downtown you wouldn’t know it. It’s pretty dead and there ... read more
San Jose Tech Museum & Ferris Wheel
St Joseph's Basilica
Plaza De Cesar Chavez

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