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  • Morocco 5 Unmissable things to do in Morocco

    5 Unmissable things to do in Morocco

    There are so many options for things to do in Morocco it’s hard to decide where to start. Here is a list of my top 5 unmissable things to do in Morocco. Camp in the desert   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Morocco | Desert | Sahara (@desertcamping) on Mar…

  • The Camino de Santiago - Camino Portugués

    The Camino de Santiago: Camino Portugués

    Just before the dark broke I left Santiago. It was strange. Everything had been leading to the city but now I was leaving it. I was heading in the opposite direction of the arrows. When I found them. And there was a bit of checking my phone map, especially by the motorway. Eventually, I got…

  • The Camino de Santiago - O Cebreiro to Santiago

    The Camino de Santiago: O Cebreiro to Santiago de Compostela

    The albergue in O Cebreiro was freezing that night and, though I had three layers top and bottom, I could not get warm. Unsurprising then when I went out and found the village of O Cebreiro a pretty winter wonderland in the snow. Again I decided to take the main road down from O Cebreiro,…

  • The Camino de Santiago - León to O Cebreiro

    The Camino de Santiago: León to O Cebreiro

    Early on a cold, damp morning, I headed off from León. It felt just a little above 0°, it was windy, showering often and coupled with the usual suburban and industrial sprawl that accompanies leaving a city, it was not the most exciting day for walking. My pack was now heavier, due to a restock…

  • The Camino de Santiago - Burgos to León

    The Camino de Santiago: Burgos to León

    Heading off from Burgos at the unforgivably late hour of 08:30, I was both rested and yet unenthusiastic. My rest had made me lazy. The next big milestone was León and my destination that night was Hornillos del Camino, about 20km off, the terrain being mostly flat and would be a good test for my…

  • There’s no place like home - Things to do in County Waterford, Ireland

    There’s no place like home: County Waterford, Ireland

    There’s no place like home right? The last few weeks have been pretty busy preparing for a long-overdue summer trip home. Aside from catching up with friends and a million errands, I’m most looking forward to spending time with the family of course and driving around the Déise in Co Waterford, revisiting some favourite sites. Disclaimer: This post…

  • Iceland Winter Lights Festival

    Things to do in Iceland: Winter Lights Festival

    The Winter Lights festival, or Vetrarhátíð, brightens up a dreary and cold February in Iceland. Celebrating the lengthening days, the festival is a combination of cultural events, light installations and many museums are free which is a great bonus. Many museums put on special guided tours or events, there’s art everywhere, language classes, storytelling, there was…

  • 10 Unmissable pubs to visit in Dublin's city centre

    10 Unmissable pubs to visit in Dublin’s city centre

    “Good puzzle would be to cross Dublin without passing a pub”, mused Leopold Bloom in James Joyce’s Ulysses. Yes (and it’s been solved), but why on earth would you want to? When I started, this list was 3 Unmissable pubs to visit in Dublin, then became five, then ten, then limited to the city centre…

  • Iceland Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Iceland

    Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Iceland

    Despite appearances, I do like Christmas. Just not when the hype starts in September. But now that’s it’s December I can get into the Christmas spirit and there’s a few differences with Christmas in Iceland that I’m enjoying learning about. Here Christmas is called Jól, which we know as Yule, an ancient pre-Christian feast. Icelanders…

  • How to learn Icelandic

    Iceland Survival Guide: How to learn Icelandic (or at least try!)

    On a clear day I can see Eyjafjallajökull when I go riding. You know the volcano. The one no one can pronounce. Actually one of the little joys of my day is making tourists say it. I’m mean like that. Much like anything it’s not so hard if you know how (ey-yeah-fytl-la-jook-utl or at least that’s…

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