Backpacking in Mauritania: Riding The Iron Ore Train From Choum to Nouadhibou

“Runaway train never going back. Wrong way on a one way track” – Soul Asylum. Having watched many Michael Palin documentaries down the years, I always envied his journeys. He did them in mostly pre-internet days. Back thence, visas were tough and we needed to be embassy-loyal. Booking accommodation could, at best, be organised by Read more about Backpacking in Mauritania: Riding The Iron Ore Train From Choum to Nouadhibou[…]

Friday's Featured Food: Katxupa De Carne in Praia, Santiago Island, The Cape Verde Islands

Friday’s Featured Food: Katxupa De Carne in Praia, Santiago Island, The Cape Verde Islands

Friday’s Featured Food: Katxupa De Carne in Praia, Santiago Island, The Cape Verde Islands I have been to a few islands off the coast of Africa down the years. Notably, Robben Island in South Africa (on the Nelson Mandela tour), and The Seychelles. April 2022 meant a first trip to the Cape Verde Islands. I Read more about Friday’s Featured Food: Katxupa De Carne in Praia, Santiago Island, The Cape Verde Islands[…]

Backpacking in South Africa: Touring The Lonely Prison On Robben Island

Backpacking in South Africa: Touring The Lonely Prison On Robben Island

“By a lonely prison wall, I heard a young girl calling” – The Dubliners. There has been something really weird and odd that has happened to me a few times on my journeys. Life has been really crazy how it all worked out for me – tying up loose ends, fool circles / full circles Read more about Backpacking in South Africa: Touring The Lonely Prison On Robben Island[…]

How to get a Mauritania Visa On Arrival At Noukachott International Airport

How to get a Mauritania Visa On Arrival At Noukachott International Airport

  My arrival into Mauritania in July 2022 was a completely spontaneous accident, it was another completely wacaday journey for me. I was supposed to be in Poland. But my lifestyle has never been predictable or obvious. Here I was in The Sahara Desert again. This defied belief yet one more time, and proof that Read more about How to get a Mauritania Visa On Arrival At Noukachott International Airport[…]

Backpacking in The Azores: Quad Tour To Sete Cidades, São Miguel Island

Backpacking in The Azores: Quad Tour To Sete Cidades, São Miguel Island

The Azores happened by fluke. I really didn’t plan this one. I was trying to visit Cape Verde Islands and it just made sense (and was cheaper on Ryanair loyal) to visit The Azores on route. So here I was! The Azores was a bonusball, extra trip and yet I still had three days here Read more about Backpacking in The Azores: Quad Tour To Sete Cidades, São Miguel Island[…]

Backpacking in Cape Verde Islands: My Stay at the Praia Maria Boutique Hotel, Praia, Santiago Island

Backpacking in Cape Verde Islands: My Stay at the Praia Maria Boutique Hotel, Praia, Santiago Island

“And so I cry sometimes when I’m lying in bed. Just to get it all out what’s in my head. -4NB. April 2022 saw me visit Lisboa in Portugal for the fourth time, and after that it was a brace of Portuguese speaking Islands. I first toured The Azores 🌊⛱️🇵🇹 before a direct flight from Read more about Backpacking in Cape Verde Islands: My Stay at the Praia Maria Boutique Hotel, Praia, Santiago Island[…]

Backpacking In The Seychelles: Top 22 Sights In Victoria, Mahe Island

Backpacking In The Seychelles: Top 22 Sights In Victoria, Mahe Island

“Come eat tomatoes with me” / “I’m Vicky, not Victoria” – (East Belfast’s) Vicky Everitt. Victoria isn’t your awe inspiring, roping you in capital city. It’s not the Oceanic Belfast of tomorrowyear nor the Seychellian Warszawa from yesteryear nor even the Victoria of Hong Kong in days gone 1997ly for a Burton. This Victoria however Read more about Backpacking In The Seychelles: Top 22 Sights In Victoria, Mahe Island[…]

Thirsty Thursdays: Bar Hopping on Mahe Island in The Seychelles

Thirsty Thursdays: Bar Hopping on Mahe Island in The Seychelles

For about 4 years of this blog, my Thirsty Thursday series was regular, at one point I was doing a new one every week! Since depression kicked in during 2016, the posts may have been less often but I still have easily 500 Thirsty Thursday posts unwritten. They will never be written unless you find Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: Bar Hopping on Mahe Island in The Seychelles[…]