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Patriotism At Its Best: Propaganda Of The Cuban Revolution

If I had to describe Cuba in a few words after my time spent there, ‘patriotism’ would be up there in the top three. The iconic Cuban Revolution of 1953 has formed a country with such a strong sense of unity and pride which still echoes today wherever you go. The revolt led by Fidel Castro in 1953 resulted in an overthrow of the authoritarian government which was replaced with a socialist state six years later. This transformed the country’s political, economic and social situation for the better, the effects of which truly live on today. From the buzzing capital of Havana to its rural vineyard towns and coastline, the country is united with a unique sense of purpose, proud achievement of the island’s past and mutual hope for its future. Huge billboards grab your attention at roundabouts, posters cover shop windows, street art and graffiti is sprawled on buildings and walls wherever you look, and Revolution merchandise oozes from every shop corner just like patriotism does from its people. Here are some of my …

[Tv Review]: The Ganges With Sue Perkins

With winter now well and truly in full swing in England and with India and the sun on my mind, I delved into my tea cupboard to make some ‘authentic’ Chai (read all about that here) and finally settled down to catch up with the rest of the country to watch BBC’s documentary following the journey of Sue Perkins travelling down the Ganges from its source in the mountains to where the mouth of the river meets the sea. I had seen so many varying reviews and comments on Twitter about the series that I was keen to see it for myself. India has had a piece of my heart since I travelled there last year and remains in my top favourite countries – it was fascinating, engaging, eye-opening and full of the warmest and friendliest of people, breathtaking architecture and a stunning plethora of colours, smells and noise. On my trip, I travelled around beautiful Rajasthan for just under three weeks and this in itself is a vast area to cover. I don’t think …

Travel Souvenirs | Authentic Indian Chai

Chai (pronounced as a single syllable and rhymes with ‘pie’) is the word for tea in many parts of the world. It is a centuries-old beverage which has played an important role in many cultures. Chai from India is a spiced milk tea that has become increasingly popular throughout the world. It is generally made up of: • rich black tea • heavy milk • a combination of various spices • a sweetener With India on my mind after watching BBC’s The Ganges with Sue Perkins, with one of my friends having just returned from an incredible trip there and another friend heading there next month, I decided to delve into the back of my overspilling tea cupboard and sieve out the Chai I bought on my travels in India. Recommended by Lonely Planet as the best spice shop in Rajasthan, we navigated the streets of Jodhpur in the search of MV Spices and it didn’t disappoint. Shelves and shelves packed full of every spice you could imagine, incredible aromas filling the tiny shop and still …

A Day Driving The Amalfi Coast

So last month (which now feels like a lifetime ago), my family and I packed our dresses and suits and headed for Italian soil to celebrate the wedding of my cousin and his American bride in Sorrento! As well as an incredible wedding in a truly stunning setting and the rare chance to spend some precious down-time with the whole family, another highlight of the trip was exploring the Amalfi Coast. A 50 kilometre stretch of coastline often considered one of the most beautiful in the world, the Amalfi Coast is deemed an ‘outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape’ by UNESCO and is without doubt one of Italy’s most striking destinations. After another gorgeous breakfast on the hotel’s terrace overlooking the mountains and seascape beyond, a view you could never tire of, we picked up a hire car from a small rental on the outskirts of Sorrento’s town centre and headed towards the coast. After a small sat-nav related issue where we found ourselves close to being stuck weaving our way through a very narrow …

[Accommodation Review]: Casas Particulares In Cuba

Before I travelled to Cuba, the notion of Casas Particulares to me was just a general term for a homestay, a nice and more local alternative to the usual hotels/hostels that the majority of tourists, travellers and holiday makers alike use as a form of accommodation. Little did I realise just how significant a concept the Casas Particulares in Cuba has become. These government-run ‘homestays’ have all but taken over in Cuba as not just the most economical, but most popular and rewarding way of travelling for the majority of tourists visiting the island. It has especially taken off in the last few years since 2011 when bureaucratic regulations relaxed, allowing some Casas to turn into a kind of private business employing staff and even advertising online where possible. It’s definitely a hugely positive step in the ever evolving economy of the country. It’s not an exaggeration to say that you see the familiar Casa Particular logo hanging off almost every other house on every street, even in the smallest of rural villages. I think …

[Planning Your Route]: 1 Month Interrailing Europe

When planning a multi-stop trip – whether it’s one country or one continent – can be daunting, with many places to see. Do you stay on the well travelled route – or do you want to go off the beaten track? Are you travelling on a shoestring or do you want to treat yourself? Are you going to plan it all before you go or give yourself some flexibility and leave it open? Are you going to fit it all in to a few weeks or stretch it out over a few months?

River Rainforest Safaris & Malaysian Monkeys: A Borneo & Malaysia Adventure In Pictures

From travelling down the Kinabatangan River in Sabah, Borneo (one of only two places in the world where you can find these species of monkey: Bornean Orangutan, the Proboscis Monkey, Macaques, Maroon Langur and Bornean Gibbon) to adopting a baby orangutan at the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary to the beautiful untouched beaches of Kota Kinabalu in the Northwest, here is my adventure…