Checking In

To unpack the suitcase or not?

June 15, 2020 Jack 0

The idea of not unpacking the suitcase in a hotel room just doesn’t make sense to me. It conjures scenes of ugly chaos and inefficiency. Clothes strewn across a room seem no different to me than litter on the roadside […]

Food and drink

Meat and two veg, a concept past its sell by date

June 10, 2020 Jack 0

I saw the phrase ‘meat and two veg’ the other day, coincidentally as I was uploading photos of our lockdown meals which most definitely were not of the meat and two veg variety. For some reason it jumped out at me, and for the first time I realised what a curious thing it is. […]

Hiking

Five of my favourite hiking routes

June 8, 2020 Jack 0

The other day we chewed over our favourite hiking routes; not an easy task as we could compile an encyclopedia of great walking routes we’ve completed over the last decade. After much debating and discarding I settled on this five. […]

Travel Talk

Travel dreams or travel nightmares?

June 1, 2020 Jack 0

Travel is enlightening in many ways, mostly positive ones but not always; what were once romantic notions have been smashed to smithereens on the harsh rocks of reality; exotic dreams painted by travel industry marketeers laid bare by first hand experience. […]

Travel Talk

RIP, the death of the hotel buffet

May 25, 2020 Jack 0

I don’t dislike hotel buffets, I rather enjoy them. There’s a guilty pleasure in creating anarchic combinations on my plate; ingredients which wouldn’t normally look the road the others were on. No, I don’t dislike buffets, I fear them. […]

Europe

Inside a cave house on Tenerife

May 20, 2020 Jack 0

Ever since we first heard about the troglodyte village of Chinamada in the Anaga region on Tenerife we desperately wanted to see what the interior of the cave houses looked like. […]

Hiking

A wake up call, pondering mornings on the trail

May 11, 2020 Jack 0

Pull on a pair of hiking boots in the morning and an anticipatory thrill zings through the laces at the thought of what unexpected treasures lie ahead on whatever dirt track/forest path/rocky road leads into a promising distance. […]