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Review: Sin Nombre

By on Oct 2, 2014 in Films | 1 comment

Amidst a very real migration crisis on the Mexican/US border, this Mexican/US collaboration has produced an insightful, deeply human tale of the true cost of crossing borders and hoping for a better life. With glorious cinematography and a versatile, exciting director at the helm, Sin Nombre is a revelation.  Language: Spanish Running Time: 96 mins Director: Cary Fukunaga Starring: Paulina Gaitan, Edgar Flores Genre: Adventure/Crime Drama Rating: 4 stars The Film Risking violence, robbery and death on a monumental journey atop a freight train, Honduran teenager Sayra is travelling through the entirety of Mexico with her father and uncle, hoping to build a better life in the USA. Her world collides with that of Casper, a young, troubled soul who has got on the wrong side of his violent gang, the notorious MS-13. How much is Sayra prepared to risk for Casper, and for how long can he...

A Blogger Relay with Olympic Spirit

By on Aug 6, 2012 in Travel | 6 comments

Olympic spirit: internationalism, sportsmanship and a competitive streak. Well, you’ll find all of that here, in a new blogging relay organised by Low Cost Holidays. There are five teams: Yellow, Blue, Green, Purple and RED. I’m captaining Team Red, if you couldn’t tell! The blogging relay requires each team captain to write a post of their three top travel memories, before passing the baton to someone else, trying to build the longest chain and a winning team. One blogger will even be eligible for a prize including an iPad 2 and a Nikkon D3100 Digital SLR Camera. Now, the other teams are already out of the starting blocks, but I have no doubt that, in true Olympic champion style, Team Red can power past them and perform several double twists and backflips along the way. (You need a bit of self-belief!) My head is spinning with travel memories, both distant and...

Photo Friday: The Bean, Chicago

By on Mar 30, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s the last Friday of March, so it’s our last City & Culture themed photo – for now at least!   There’s surely nowhere better on a sunny Spring day than super-cool Chicago, USA, and the Bean provides a dazzling centrepoint to the city. I had so much fun taking futuristic, surreal photos here.     Which is your favourite city to photograph? If you have any great images you’d like to see on Starry-Eyed Travels, then send them in – they could feature here next week!  

Photo Friday: The Empire State Building

By on Mar 9, 2012 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

In March, it’s all about cities & culture here on Starry-Eyed Travels, so what better to pick for the Friday Photo than the most iconic building in the most exciting city on the planet? Looking up at the Empire State Building from the pavement is one of those travel moments that I will never, ever forget. It was absolutely thrilling – the building is an awesome sight to behold.

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