Five iconic Latin American cocktails

October 7, 2013 at 10:18 am

One of the great pleasures of travelling is immersing yourself in local culture; trying local food and drink is an essential part of this. In Latin America, that includes the local cocktails.

If you find yourself in a strange land, … Read more

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Five movies that will make you pack your backpack and go

September 20, 2013 at 7:26 am

You’re surfing the web, saying “should I or shouldn’t I?” Stop procrastinating: if there is one thing in the world that will make you a more interesting, more rounded and happier person, it is travel. Book that ticket!

Sure, you … Read more

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A weekend in Vienna’s coffee houses (Wiener Kaffeehäuser)

September 4, 2013 at 8:47 am

A weekend in Amsterdam’s coffee shops is a tourist cliché. Turn up, shell out, skin up.

Wanna go and see the Van Gogh museum? Nah, I’m comfy here and the hot chocolate is lovely.

Time spent in Vienna’s coffee houses, … Read more

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Five European national stereotypes that aren’t (entirely) true

August 21, 2013 at 8:08 am

It is much easier to have an opinion about people if you don’t actually have to meet them before forming that opinion. That’s just being efficient. Like a German.

Most stereotypes have some foundation in truth, but not all. And … Read more

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I’m a million different people from one day to the next

July 4, 2013 at 12:57 pm

If you recorded everything you said for seven days, you may be surprised at how many people you can be.

Consider two different situations. Firstly, you are in a job interview and keen to impress your interviewer. Chances are, you … Read more

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Telenovelas

May 23, 2013 at 11:06 am

Gata Salvaje, photo: Daniel Oines

Telenovela (n): (1) a soap opera produced in and televised in or from many Latin-American countries. (2) pure gold for learners of Spanish and Portuguese.

Beautiful Bella Cepeda was in love with her childhood friend, … Read more

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The wonderful world of wurst

April 24, 2013 at 11:41 am

Photo: Richard Cottrell

The humble sausage has a history longer than a jumbo hotdog. They even appeared in Homer’s Odyssey. But where in the world has the sausage been developed to the point of perfection?

Spicy Spanish chorizo tastes sublime … Read more

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