We’re just back from an absolutely brilliant holiday in Malaysia, and of all the places we visited my personal favourite was Penang. It helped that we caught the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations, which transformed the historical streets of George Town, the small island’s main city, into a spectacle of red lanterns, costumed […]
In the days after the indyref, we escaped Scotland for a late summer/early autumn trip to Sicily. We were based in Cefalù, a smallish town on the Tyrrhenian Coast about an hour on the train from Palermo. If you recognise it, that’s probably because the seafront features in Cinema Paradiso. We also went to Palermo for a […]
A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to go on a short but action-packed trip to Mumbai, India’s largest city, better known to most as Bombay. Before I left I’d read a bit about the metropolis (including the first few chapters of Suketu Mehta’s excellent Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found), so I […]
Just back from another trip up north. This time we went back to Ullapool, as a base to explore Sutherland and the North-West Highlands. Top of my list was Suilven. I’d seen it a few years ago from a distance, but wanted to get closer this time (without climbing it, of course). We walked from […]
Earlier this month we spent a few days in Prague. It was a 30th birthday present from Rebecca. When Franz Kafka was 30 he had already written Metamorphosis and was about to begin The Trial. That’s not to say the Prague-born writer considered himself a success, and he certainly wasn’t a literary sensation in his […]
DSC_0085, originally uploaded by njmitchell. I went to Iceland for a short trip over the weekend. This was taken at the site of volcanic mudbaths near Lake Myvatn. The sun wasn’t setting – it just hangs low in the sky at this time of year. More pictures over at Flickr.
Can it really be over two weeks since I got home from Thailand? Judging by my fast-fading t-shirt tan and increasingly infrequent bouts of beach-set, work-based day-dreaming, I guess it can. While Thailand is one of the more ‘westernized’ of South East Asian countries, there was still so much that amazed and confounded. The frankly […]