Little Petra: Jordan’s Other Hidden City

a lovely reintroduction to civilization following the five days in the desert


Copenhagen: A Tale of Two Tails

The most photographed of Copenhagen’s inhabitants (5 million snaps per year) has been in residence for over 100 years. The Little Mermaid, the heroine of the story by Hans Christian Anderson, is famous. In 1989, Disney released an animated all-singing, all-dancing version of the story.  The Little Mermaid became the feisty red-headed Ariel, and the…

An Introduction to Deserts

When a child thinks of a desert, it is usually some flat sandy landscape, yellow underneath a blue sky

Learning to Shout in Greek

I did what any self-respecting girl with wanderlust and a clingy boyfriend would do, and bought a one-way ticket for myself to Greece. I had replied, in a very old fashioned way, to an advert in a newspaper. I now had a job – to teach English as a foreign language.

Writing in Colour

Daring to go on my first writers’ retreat was the first time that I had dared to call myself a writer.  I had gone in the hope of filling my days with writing, of writing new stories and coming up with new characters. I spent most of the ten days on the Greek coast staring…

Kenyan Haggis on Burns Night

despite knowing that we shared the Immortal Bard with the rest of the world, I had always assumed that haggis, our national dish, was ours alone.

Oh, I was so wrong!

Trekking With Umbrellas to Little Petra

I chose to sleep outside on my mattress, using the tent for changing and storage. It was the time for shooting stars, and it was no hardship to be awake for a while during the night to watch for them. Each morning I woke with the dawn, my face cold, sand in my hair, feeling refreshed.

Midwinter Glasgow

The lighting up of cities has become an art-form and even on the dampest and darkest of nights, walking past colourful buildings and lit-up statues transforms both them and the watcher.

Crazy Moon and the Volcano

For Loca Luna, this seemed to be a signal to reveal her true character. She began to prance and picked up speed, acting as skittish and flighty as a teenage girl on her first date.

One Matatu, Two Matatu, Three Matatu, Four…

The great thing – and the awful thing at times – is that there are no timetables. You simply climb aboard and wait until all the seats are filled. This might take 5 minutes. This might take a couple of hours, depending on the route, the company you use, the time of day. You need to plan ahead, particularly if you have a long journey or if you need to get somewhere fast. But at least the matatu can never actually be late!