Heading Home for the Holidays

Later in December, I’m heading home to the UK. To be more specific, I leave New York on Christmas Eve and land at Heathrow at 7am on Christmas Day, where my beleaguered parents will be waiting, having woken up at 5am and driven an hour and a half from Cambridge to pick me up. I…

An Unnecessary Addition to the Christ the Redeemer Statue

The Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro is one of the more incredible things to see in this kerfuffle we call life. I’m a fit and able human being and I have no problem climbing some steps to see something so impressive. And besides, there’s a train most of the way up, use…

Hiking in Bear Mountain State Park

Hiking is good exercise. But when you live in New York City, to go hiking you have to walk to the subway – passing a perfectly adequate gym on the way – then take the subway to the bus station, then sit motionless and cramped on a bus for two hours, and then you have to…

Bus Ride from CAP to PAP

CAP to PAP was our route. Or Cap Haitien to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to de-acronymify things. Google Maps told us it was 239km and a five and a half hour journey through mountains and then down the coast. It sounded promising. I was excited. Sans Souci was the bus company and the night before we’d checked the…

Buying Tickets to Citadelle Laferrière, Haiti

We were standing outside the ticket booth that sold tickets (naturally) to Citadelle Laferrière in northern Haiti, the largest fortress in the Americas. “Here is the cost,” said the lady behind the glass. We looked over the chart showing the prices to visit the largest fortress in the Americas. $5 for just a ticket, $20 for…

How to Get From Tirana, Albania to Kosovo

The following is a guide explaining how to get from Tirana, Albania to Pristina or Prizren, Kosovo. I’m writing it for all the poor saps who are in Tirana right now and can’t work out how to leave the place. I feel you guys. I’ll help you out. The first thing you need to know…

Sunset From Prizren Fortress, Kosovo

  Often when you travel you come across something unexpected or breathtaking or something to make you stop in your tracks and go “woah”. It could be beautiful blue water off the coast of a Greek island. It could be an ugly naked man snorkeling in said beautiful blue water. For me recently it was a sunset…

3 Continents in 36 Hours

I’m writing this in the airport in Oslo, Norway. I can’t really see the screen because my eyes keep focusing and unfocusing so if they are ani type-os, i donut care. My back hurts. My feet are sore. My stomach is mad because I’ve eaten so many plastic-wrapped, sub-par plane meals (please no more chicken…

Olympic Rowing: A Flashback

Row, row, row your boat, quickly for the team. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, don’t run out of steam. I was lucky enough to spend 24 hours in Rio during the 2016 Olympics, so I went to see some rowing at the Lagoa Stadium. We bought tickets the night before from a booth outside the Copacabana beach…

What is Dark Tourism?

Dark tourism involves going to places associated with death and tragedy, like former prisons, sites of natural disaster, or Walmart on Black Friday. It’s not a new thing – gladiator games in ancient Rome, public executions, etc. – but the term “dark tourism” was coined only in 1996 by two people at Glasgow Caledonian University….

Annoying Traveler Profile: The Wannabe Kerouac

You know the guy. He’s in your hostel dorm, shirtless, wearing a pair of Hawaiian-patterned board shorts, and he’s telling anyone and everyone he can’t wait to get “back on the road”. What “the road” refers to is an ever-changing enigma, meaning anything from an unspecified spiritual place where profound soul-searching happens and existential crises are explored…

Chapel of Bones day trip

We were in Prague searching for things to do, when we found something that said “a church made entirely of human bones”. That was it. We were sold. Next day, we met the guide in Prague’s Old Town Square, along with 10-12 other people with an interest in the aesthetic and architectural possibilities of human bone. The…