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Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Tangier April 22nd 2011

Tarifa or Algeciras? The reason why I still didn't know where I was going was because of the rather fragmented information I had gathered about ferries to Morocco the previous night. It seemed that there were more ferries going to Tangier from Algeciras than there were from Tarifa, however the ferries going from Algeciras were all in fact going to Tangier Med - a port 40km away from Tangier itself. If I wanted to go to Tangier itself, I would have to go from Tarifa. However, there were only two ferries going from Tarifa - one at 1500 and one at 1700. The next bus to Tarifa was leaving at 1330 which would only get me to Tarifa by 1545 and I knew from previous experience that you should allow yourself 45 minutes before departure to ... read more
A Blue Fork In The Road
Grand Socco
Medina Gate

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga April 20th 2011

As soon as it was announced that there would be a bank holiday to celebrate the marriage of Kate Middleton and the Prince of Wales - and as soon as I realised that it was the weekend after Easter meaning that three days off would get me an eleven day break - I without hesitation booked the three days off before any of my colleagues could. Thank you so much Will and Kate, I am so happy for you, really. You guys are awesome. The day off was meant to be so that we could all join in the celebrations - I would be "celebrating" in Morocco. I had always wanted to do a two-week trip to Morocco, so this break was perfect. I also decided to take a couple of extra days off so that ... read more
The "Paso"
Spectacular View

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Giza January 2nd 2011

It's New Year's Eve, 2010. This time last year I was in Berlin. This year, I am on a coach driving through the Mountain Heights Plateau in Jordan, the mist so thick, we could barely see five metres ahead of us in our minivan. It was slightly scary, knowing that the chances of being involved in a road accident have significantly increased and that any swerve to avoid an accident could result in a tumble into a ravine. Our passage to Aqaba from Petra was safe however and boarding the ferry back to Taba, I was a wreck. Having had so little sleep and with a full-on schedule during the day - along with drinking at night - today I had finally hit the wall. I slept for the entire duration of the ferry ride, but ... read more
Me & The Pyramids Of Giza
The Great Pyramid
Sunset Over Giza

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra December 30th 2010

It was only after looking at a map of the Sinai Peninsula that I realised just how far we had travelled to get from Dahab to the port of Taba, right on the border with Israel. I was asleep for most of the coach journey so didn't even realise how long I had been on the coach. From Taba, we then caught a ferry that took us to the port city of Aqaba, Jordan. It was here that we experienced the first rain of the entire trip as we pulled into a super-flash, newly-built marina. As the sky started to spit, we waited - there was no-one at the marina to pick us all up. About 20 minutes after we arrived, our tour leader finally showed up and lead us past the the modern marina apartments ... read more
Horse & Cart
The Monastery
Looking Into Eternity

Africa » Egypt » Sinai » Dahab December 28th 2010

"10 pounds!?!?" exclaimed Sags. 1.5 litres of water cost about three pounds everywhere else in Egypt, you see. But here at the roadside shop in the middle of nowhere, it was ten pounds. I mean, where else are you going to go? It was obvious that there is an arrangement between Travel Talk and this shop for the coach to stop here, as our tour guide Yasser (or Yes Sir as he prefers to be known) shows us a model in the store of the Suez Canal. The Suez Canal was strategically important - and perhaps still is - as it provided a shipping route between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea - and passage to the Indian Ocean. It was so important in fact, that the British made sure they kept control of it ... read more
Ooh, There It Is!
Chapel & Tower, St. Catherine's Monastery
Orange Fish

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo December 26th 2010

Back in Luxor, we had arrived back at the hotel after the longest day of sightseeing ever. But we had no rooms! I desperately needed a nap, but there was nowhere to have it! This was because we were all travelling overnight to Cairo that evening. Most people were going by coach - ouch. Luckily our friend Noelin who had done this tour before, recommended us to upgrade to sleeper cabins on an overnight train instead, which we did. We would be getting dinner, breakfast and a proper bed to sleep on. But we were still five hours away from catching our train... So the males of the group passed the last rays of daylight by having a very tiring game of water polo. The temperature drops like a stone once the sun starts to set ... read more
Khan el-Khalili Bazaar
Interior Of The Hanging Church
Mosque Courtyard

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor December 25th 2010

It was another freezing night on board the felucca and we were in fact, sailing when I woke up. Despite the freezing conditions, I wasn't happy to be getting up. I had still not caught up any of the sleep that I had lost travelling to Egypt. Breakfast was nice again, that tea is nice and sweet. Not so nice was the spot we got off the felucca - like a lot of places in Egypt, you could swear it was a rubbish tip. Litter and pollution is so bad here. We were then on the bus to the first sight of the day, Kom Ombo Temple. The history of Ancient Egypt is arguably the most famous in history and is divided into several dynasties of ruling families. Kom Ombo Temple was built during the 32nd ... read more
Pylon At Edfu Temple
Lift Off
Great Hypostle Hall

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan December 23rd 2010

I was immediately annoyed at Egypt and Egyptian workers and I had not even been in the country an hour. First my debit card wouldn't let me withdraw any cash, and then I changed my remaining Euros for Egyptian Pounds at the bureau de change where I asked the smug, arrogant looking teller how much a tourist visa was. He tells me that it is 85EGP (£1 = 9EGP). I then queue for 10 minutes only to be told by the immigration officer that I need to purchase a tourist visa from...the bureau de change. So I return to the same teller to buy a tourist visa. Why didn't he tell me I needed to buy a visa from him the first time? A cleaner then demands £2 for using the airport toilet, which I am ... read more
The Nile Meets The Sahara
Aswan Bridge
Full Moon

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 21st 2010

Looking out my hotel room window, the sun was just rising, creating a pink hew that blazed across the horizon. I knew I wasn't out of the woods yet, but so far so good. The bloody fire alarm in the hotel had gone off, and was still blaring. I was tired and hungover and the last thing I wanted to do was to evacuate the building and step outside into the freezing cold. And boy, was it freezing. Thankfully the alarm finally stopped, and I sneaked back into the warmth of my bed. Approximately three hours later, my Blackberry alarm rather than a fire alarm woke me again. I rushed over to the window and pulled the curtains. Shit. Shit, shit, shit. On any other occasion, the sight of snow billowing down from the heavens and ... read more
London, England
Paris, France
Cairo, Egypt

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos September 5th 2010

CRASH!! CREEEEEEAK! BANG! CREEEAKK! THUD!! CRACK!! Our boat was being thrashed around the Aegean Sea, as if we were in a giant washing machine. Every joint and every wall on-board was creaking, as the Viking Star groaned in pain. Closed doors swung open, only to slam back shut, as if by an angry ghost. The fact I was completely knackered from the swimming, quad-biking, drinking and partying on Santorini was the only reason I was drifting in and out of conciousness, rather than lying with my eyes wide open like just about everyone else on-board. It was still horrible though. The violent swaying of the boat almost threw me off my bed the times I was semi-concious, and the whole night felt like a terrible dream - as if in purgatory, unable to fall asleep yet ... read more
Mylopotas Beach, Ios
View Across The City

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