Brazil: Rio De Janeiro and Sao Paulo

I’m going to start this post off by saying that Rio De Janeiro is the sort of place that you should try not to visit if the weather is shit. Throughout this year, I’ve visited cities and destinations that I’ve left with a distinct feeling of not having done it justice. Unfortunately, Rio is one of those places. That’s not to say we didn’t have a good time, however. Our journey in was met with an immense amount of traffic, something that’s typical of Rio. […]

Brazil: Ubatuba and Ilha Grande

Following our arrival in Sao Paulo and a couple of days in Ilhabela, we all piled back in the cars and back across the ferry to the mainland to begin making our way north towards a quiet place named Ubatuba. Jumping back on the Brazilian highway is always an experience. It’s hard to decide which highway is sketchier, the Brazilian one or the highway just outside of Saigon. The difference in Asia is it’s organised chaos, whereas in Brazil you’ve got to be on your guard the […]

Brazil: Ilhabela

Okay, so it’s definitely been some time since any updates on this site. I’ve been hanging out in Holland a lot, sorting a few things out and also conserving my money as Europe has this special ability to drain your wallet at a rate which puts Asia to shame. However, I’d been aware for a while that a few friends of mine had been planning a road trip in Brazil. I wasn’t planning to join as funds didn’t really allow for it at the time, […]

Spain: Axarquía

When I last visited the mainland of Spain, it was only a few days in Valencia but that was enough to make me want to see more. The climate is always great, the people are friendly, the food is fantastic (and also very good at making you rotund) as well as being pretty reasonably priced for Europe. What’s not to like? I flew into Malaga, which is right down the bottom of Spain, east from Gibraltar and across the Alboran Sea from Morocco. I had booked […]

Germany: Oktoberfest

Beer, beer, and beer. Those are three of the more popular things Oktoberfest is known for. Well, pork knuckles, wurst, pretzels, leather pants and nice looking women are on the list, too. What I did not realise, or even consider to be honest, is how much else there is going on at this place. You could spend a whole day walking around trying out the different rides and eating food and not even make your way in to a tent for a beer, although that would […]

Spain: Ibiza

I don’t know where to start with this post. Usually I would construct a blog post in a chronological style, breaking down the week by day and documenting them as they went, but it’s hard to do that when you’re trying to write about a week that was kind of a blur, that went by so quickly that it seemed like a dream. My friends and I are known to partake in the odd social gathering and occasionally listen to silly repetitive music which resonates with our […]

Spain: Valencia

Following our drive down the Riviera in the direction of Spain, Adam and I jumped on a high speed train to Valencia, via Barcelona. I didn’t stop in Barcelona this time, even though it was my first time in Spain. I had a flight out to Ibiza in a few days, and from what I’ve heard about Barcelona it’d be a waste trying to do it justice in only one or two nights. I decided to leave it for next time and use the five […]

France: Driving Along The Riviera

The French Riveria, or Côte d’Azur, is the name for the coastline along southern France which meets the Mediterranean. This whole area definitely has a reputation as being an attraction to tourists, and it’s easy to see why. After spending a couple of days in Nice, Adam and I decided to hire a car and drive along the coast to Spain over the course of 3 days. While not something I’d usually do when I’m trying to stick to some sort of budget, the pros outweighed […]

France: Nice and Monaco

It’s been around nine years since I was last in France, when I was fortunate enough to visit Paris with my family. We visited the Eiffel tower, climbed up the Arc and stood around on a footpath for three hours waiting to catch a glimpse of Jackie Chan when he arrived at the premier of Rush Hour 3. Amongst other things, of course. When planning where to go in between Ireland and Ibiza, I wanted to tick a few boxes. I wanted to take it […]

Ireland: Dublin

Dooooblin! Having improved my understanding of the Irish accent, I made my way to Doooblin the day after seeing the Chilli’s in Belfast. I was well prepared; I’d accustomed my palette to Guinness, and spent time practising pronouncing U’s as O’s. As soon as I got here, I had a great feeling about it. You know how when you get to a new city or town and within a few minutes  you have an initial gut feeling? I had a good one. The main town […]