“A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent will go to pieces if he remains forever in the … Continue reading #1 Austria: Ski disasters and The Sound of Music
“And you may find yourself in another part of the world And you may ask yourself – how did I get here?” Talking Heads, from their song Once in a … Continue reading Around the world in 100 countries
So, 158 days later (21 of them spent on buses: final bus hours count 244), here I am back in Paris’s Charles De Gaulle airport. Because I like symmetry and … Continue reading The Final Frontier
It’s hard to know where to start describing Antarctica (and South Georgia and the Falklands: I ended up on a 20-day trip that took in these extra destinations). It’s like … Continue reading First Reflections on Antarctica
It all began on Christmas Eve, somewhere in the South Atlantic. It was a dark and stormy night …
The Falklands – or Las Malvinas, as they are called in Argentina – hove on to my mental horizon on a windy day, threatening rain, in Bariloche, northern Patagonia.
When I saw the plume of spray erupting from the knobbly, broccoli-headed swathe of trees as the plane came into land, like steam pouring from a boiling kettle, I knew … Continue reading Through the jungle with a violet umbrella: Iguazu Falls