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Birthday Celebrations Across the Cafe Table

By on May 9, 2012 in Uncategorized | 7 comments

It’s hard to believe, but the Travel Belles‘ wonderful virtual get-together Across the Cafe Table has been going for one whole year! Congratulations to Margo and Briana, who run the show! So fittingly, this month’s natter is all about dream birthday trips – where would you go?   I’ve been thinking about this question for a few days now, and my answer has changed with startling frequency! One minute, I’m imagining myself in a chic European capital, the next on a secluded beach, then an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime destination. There’s just far too much choice in the world – I think the only thing to do would be to spend every birthday somewhere different! Really, I suppose I enjoy spontaneity too much to put a name to something like a ‘dream’ birthday trip – I like the anticipation of the possible. It’s not,...

Cuy: Peru’s Celebration Food

By on Apr 11, 2012 in Travel | 4 comments

It’s the second Wednesday of April, which means it is time once again to join the Travel Belles Across the Cafe Table! This month, we’re discussing the weirdest food we’ve eaten on our travels. I can’t wait to read about what other intrepid foodies have dared to eat!   To put this into context, I am normally a vegetarian. However, when I arrived at the Delgados’ home in the small, Andean town of Huaraz, Peru, I decided to forgo my principles. Vegetarianism is not exactly a familiar concept in these parts and the family were so generous in sharing their homecooked meals with us volunteers that I just couldn’t refuse. In general, the meals were delicious casseroles or stews served with rice or potatoe, without too much meat. In the garden, four guinea-pigs lived happily in a roomy hutch. They were well-fed, petted often by the youngest child and...

A Year of Starry-Eyed Travels

By on Apr 2, 2012 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

  Starry-Eyed Travels is a year old today! To celebrate, I have cake, streamers, balloons – and the chance to take a look back at just a few of the posts from the year. It has been quite a journey – from its inception a year ago as a personal project, Starry-Eyed Travels is now read by people all over the world and has gained a team of fantastic guest writers. I have charted my own adventures and development from novice backpacker to well-seasoned traveller and hopefully provided stories and photos to inspire you along the way.     I can’t thank you enough for reading, supporting and getting involved with Starry-Eyed TravelsĀ  – because of you, it has been one incredible year and I hope the next is just as good, if not better. So help yourself to a piece of birthday cake, grab a glass of bubbly and enjoy a meander through the Starry-Eyed Travels...

Photo Friday: Sunday in La Paz

By on Mar 16, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s Photo Friday, but we’re looking ahead to the weekend! Sticking with our theme of Cities & Culture, but in complete contrast to last week’s image, we’re heading to the heart of South America… Cities may be thought of in terms of things – buildings, museums, restaurants, shops – but the most exhilirating thing about cities are their people. Whether you’re joining locals at a big event, mingling with Saturday shopping crowds, haggling with stall-holders at markets, or simply people-watching from a cafe, it is the people that will makeĀ  it a vibrant and exciting place to be. And on those stakes, La Paz, Bolivia, certainly does well. This was just an average Sunday, the streets taken over by a parade – no reasons, no rules, no regulations, just a mass of people coming together to celebrate life. Which city would you reccomend...

New Year Travel Plans, Pirate-Style

By on Dec 28, 2011 in Uncategorized | 7 comments

As we bring in the New Year, I will be more than ready to set sail once more on voyages across the seas, so perhaps it is quite apt that I will be dressed as a pirate, a costume I have to get sorted this week! However, I will be land-bound for much of this year as I train to be a teacher, so I’m going to have to plan my travel pretty carefully indeed. Now, planning ahead is not exactly my strong suit, so this is going to be a bit of a challenge. So I’m starting early, whittling down my wishlist to a few realistic destinations and thinking about short trips close to home that will nevertheless provide some unforgettable experiences. 1. Whale Watching, Scotland I have long wanted to explore the rugged Northern coast of Scotland and its even more northerly isles and I am desperate to make 2012 the year I finally get out on a boat to try and spot some whales. I have never seen...

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