Five nights on the ring road

Waterfalls are to Iceland as what Old Towns and cathedrals are to the rest of a Europe. I can’t think of a better way to traverse Iceland than by car, a 4WD ideally. Andy and Pete took turns driving and it gave us oh-so-much freedom to see waterfalls and oh-so-much more. We had five nights…

The Golden Circle

Unsurprisingly, the secret is out. Iceland is amazing and travellers world-wide know it. The Golden Circle would have to include some of the most crowded areas of all – probably because it is very accessible from Reykjavik, meaning foreigners can easily dip their toes into what Iceland has to offer. Personally, I never found it…

A coupley days in Reykjavik

Iceland’s biggest city and the world’s most northern capital is pretty darn small. It feels like an overgrown village, which is actually kind of sprawling. It doesn’t quite stretch out to the airport though: Keflavik airport is located about 50km from Reykjavik. We arrived at 1am and caught a 1 hour bus into town… the…

Video: Iceland

We knew that Iceland would be a destination unlike any other we had experienced before. It promised to be a land of extremes: 20 hours of daylight each day, yet with midsummer temperatures that were fresh and cool. Glaciers spilling from the mountains to the sea, punctuated by active geothermal areas spewing steam and mud…

First impressions of Iceland

I am actually still getting over the fact that my time in Iceland is now over. Gone, done, next please. It actually breaks my heart a little thinking about it. Before I went, I was part expecting to feel like I was back in New Zealand (which would feel even more so being reunited with…

Madrid: #foodies

Trying local cuisines tends to be one of my favourite things about travelling, but sometimes it is so necessary to break away from the fried carbs and tapas and seek a bit of health and freshness. Madrid was a haven for good food and coffee, so naturally we had a blast. Here are some of…

Madrid: a new addiction

Madrid was the first big city experience where neither me nor Andy had been there before. And we had the good fortune of going twice in a month – once when we flew in, and again to fly out to Iceland. Both times we stayed in the highly convenient Antón Martin area, which was rich…

Salamanca: our return to Spain!

We stopped at Salamanca mostly to break up our bus trip from Coimbra back to Madrid, but also to squeeze in another Spanish city – I mean, why not? We adored it. So old, clean and beautiful. At the time I likened it to a private school’s grounds during the summer holidays because it was…

Chilling in Coimbra

Perching perilously, riverside Coimbra boasts an ancient and astonishingly beautiful univeristy, some wonderfully beautiful buildings and a relaxing channel of water that even has swimming spots.  We had the luxury of two nights here; definitely not necessary but thoroughly enjoyable all the same. We had been recommended it as a smaller town destination, and it…

Not just port in Porto

It’s pretty self explanatory what to do in Porto. Taste Port (duh), cross the bridge(s), catch a boat and wander the narrow hilly streets for food, shops and interesting views.  It’s becoming a trend, but again we ate well. My favourite brunch was at Bird of Passage: a cute little cafe serving well made coffee…