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Starry-Eyed Readers at Christmas

By on Dec 20, 2011 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

Yesterday you heard from the Starry-Eyed Writers; today it’s the turn of a few of the readers. Since you’re reading this, you’re also one of the gang, so add your comments below! The Starry-Eyed Travellers: Iain:Iain Mallory: The legend that is Mallory On Travel. Kate O’Grady: The Accidental Pilgrim falling in love with South Korea Kate Turner: The Brit who’s taking a break from being abroad and currently eating Oxford. Krista Bjorn: The Rambling Tart building a beautiful life. Nerea Prieto de Apraiz: The Spanish chocolate connoisseur supreme.   The Questions: 1. What was your best travel moment this year? Krista: Being adopted by the owners of a bed and breakfast I stayed at on the island of Gozo. Kate T: Going to Switzerland for lunch with the lovely Travel Belles ladies was a definite highlight – it was my first time in Switzerland, and I...

Starry-Eyed Writers at Christmas

By on Dec 19, 2011 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

I can hardly believe that it’s Christmas THIS WEEK! I’ve held out for long enough, so for the whole week, everything on Starry-Eyed Travels is going to be festive, merry and oh-so-Christmassy! To get us started, there are Christmas conversations with Starry-Eyed Travellers: today we’re hearing from the writers who have contributed this year; tomorrow it’s the turn of the regular readers, people who have unfailingly supported Starry-Eyed Travels. And, of course, you. Feel free to jump in and add your Christmas wishes, plans and thoughts anytime you like. So, get the carols playing, put on your Santa hat and enjoy the Christmas goodies we have in store! The Writers: Anika: our beautiful lady from St. Lucia. She wrote about a family reunion of epic proportions in Barbados Ruth:the expat Brit roaming across Asia from her South Korean base. She took us to Beijing in...

I’m Dreaming of a (very) White Christmas

By on Dec 14, 2011 in Uncategorized | 8 comments

It’s that time again – the second Wednesday of the month – which has come to mean one thing: The Travel Belles get together Across the Cafe Table and having a bit of a natter. The question we’re answering this month is: If you had to go spend Christmas in another country, which would you choose? You’ll find the other responses here. I know that it is the norm for those spending Christmas in the chilly Northern Hemisphere to want to escape southwards, but I’d like to do the opposite. Here in England (and I’m saying ‘England’ because the same cannot be said for the northern reaches of Scotland) we get a smattering of snow in the winter months, sometimes enough to grind the country to a halt, but rarely the knee-deep, halfway-up-your-front-door stuff. Getting any snow on Christmas Day is rarer still. So, I’d like to head North...

SOS Africa

By on Dec 8, 2011 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

At some point during the last couple of weeks, probably during my leisurely weekend perusal of blogs, an initiative called Travel Bloggers Give Back entered my consciousness. The idea, from Bret Love of Green Global TravelĀ , is to use a blog post to highlight the work of a charity which the blogger personally supports and wants to create awareness about. It is, after all, the season of goodwill. I have written about SOS Africa once before, but now, in the run-up to Christmas and as part of this project, it seems like a good time to catch up on this charity’s work. What is SOS Africa? SOS Africa is a small, volunteer-run charity which supports the education and care of underpriveleged children who live in townships in South Africa. Matt Crowcombe was a student on a gap year in South Africa when he met a school teacher called Henry Matthews. Henry introduced Matt to the reality of...

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