Travel Quickie – Flying with RyanAir

I am quite used to long-haul flights, since Cape Town is conveniently situated on the bottom tip of Africa (hah!) and it takes at least 10 hours to get anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere! I’ve already written an article about travel packing hacks, which is more for long-haul flights, so I thought I’d write about my recent experience with RyanAir, one of Europe’s budget airlines.

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Falling in Love with Rome

Go thou to Rome,—at once the Paradise,
    The grave, the city, and the wilderness;
    And where its wrecks like shattered mountains rise,
    And flowering weeds, and fragrant copses dress
    The bones of Desolation’s nakedness
    Pass, till the spirit of the spot shall lead
    Thy footsteps to a slope of green access
    Where, like an infant’s smile, over the dead
A light of laughing flowers along the grass is spread;
                  Percy Bysshe Shelley, Adonais 49-52
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Roman Imperial Forum

I haven’t seen every city in the world, but in my heart, I know that Rome will always be my favourite city of all time. My first visit to Rome was with my family, in the summer of 2003. I was 13, a full-on self-conscious teenager, and it was my very first time in Europe! (I exclude the 3 months when I was a baby, because I don’t remember that!). Rome simply left me breathless.

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My 5 Worst Travel Experiences!

Despite what instagram and Facebook might tell you, travelling is not always glamorous, exciting, or inspiring. Sometimes you get violently sick, or get precious stuff stolen, or you simply get disappointed when your high expectations are not met. So, in the spirit of sharing some “real” travel stories, I’ve (reluctantly) picked my Top 5 Worst Travel Experiences for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

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Top 3 Hannover Highlights

Hannover was the first city I called home in Germany, and it remains one of my favourite cities in the country. Situated in Northern Germany, about 1.5 hours away from Hamburg by car or high-speed train, Hannover is a small and laid-back city that is often overlooked by travellers. Known as the “City of Gardens” in Germany, Hannover is full of beautiful green spaces – public parks, the grand and breathtaking Herrenhauser Royal Gardens, plenty of wide, tree-lined avenues, the Maschsee Lake, and countless beautiful gardens both public and private.

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Berlin on a Budget

Berlin – the cosmopolitan capital of Germany. A gigantic, gritty city that effortlessly blends East and West – acknowledging the past by building a future right around it. A city saturated in history, horrors, and social liberation. A city of modern art and hipster culture, quirky street fashion and vegan restaurants, and open public green spaces in every direction.

The thought of visiting Berlin has always excited me.  As the guys on the train yelled excitedly as we pulled into Berlin Main Station, I secretly enthused with them – “Berliiiiiiiin!”

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Contiki Eurotrip 2010 – Part 1: London to Paris, Italy, Greece, and Egypt!

In June 2010, I embarked on the adventure of a lifetime with my brother. We set off on the “Ultimate European (plus Egypt)” Contiki tour – forty nine days of travelling, 3 continents, 17 countries, and countless life-changing experiences. I kept a journal during the tour, and I’ve decided to transcribe it here as a kind of nostalgic account of my most intense travel experience to date. So, here’s an insider look into travelling Europe with Contiki!

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