Trek guiding has long been seen to be the preserve of men, but Mary Kariuki or Mumbi – her African Kikuyu name has risen to the top and is rated as the best female guide for trekking Mt. Kenya or trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro. Her vast experience in tour leading as well as her sense of humour, and her great team of staff make Stand Out Adventures a great choice for trekking in Eastern Africa.
I can not believe I have been home in Waipu for over a month, the time has flown. What a fabulous time to be here in Northland New Zealand - it is balmy clear weather, the sea is warm and inviting, the beach is still mostly empty, there are waves to frolic in, the dog still swims and catches waves with me and Waipu is still one of the best little places in the world. Read more
Beth Whitman Author of Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo, includes only the good in her writing. Quoted in the Seattle Weekly by Karla Star, Beth says “I don’t read movie reviews….I just want to know what the movie was about,” she says. “The job of a travel writer is to write about the good, to write about what excites you.” Read more
It is so nice to be somewhere warm in winter, I guess that is why thousands of people from Canada flock to Florida in the winter.
It is 77deg, warm and mild with very little wind, the sea is like a millpond. Despite the warmth I have not seen one person in swimming – the locals just don’t think it is warm enough – kiwis would all be in – this is as hot as it gets for many of us! Read more
I have just had to defrag my computer, and think it is a pretty good description of what has happened for and to me during my travels – I have been defragged.
My understanding of what defragging is on a PC, (or rebuilding the desktop with an Apple Mac) is that under normal working conditions we create a lot of ‘mess’ on a computer – files are disordered, temporary files are created, we jump from one thing to another, leaving a messy trail behind. Read more
Australian women are travelling overseas in ever-increasing numbers. It can be both exhilarating and daunting, and often the experience of a lifetime. So a government website writes, and they are right.
They have gone another step and provided a website and pamphlet on their smart traveller website -
read their travel advisory here
My friends Mary Hunt and Diane Neu gladly delivered me to Union Station in Washington – it was an excuse to take their adopted daughter Min to see the big trains, the model trains and the Christmas trees and decorations in this magnificent edifice. I also managed to get a picture with the President Elect! Read more
3 Sisters Trekking Company in Nepal are pushing the boundaries for women in Nepal. They were one of the three winners in the Geotourism Challenge and now the Guardian weekend travel section has done a feature on them and among other things how they are trying to change things for women in Nepal, where there is gross inequality. They are training women as mountain guides and lobbying to prevent young children being used as workers in the tourist industry in Nepal.
My friend Nigel asked me if there was anything special I wanted to do in Cornwall. Mostly I was happy to visit his favourite haunts, but The Eden Project was definately on my short list of must dos.
The Eden Project certainly did not disappoint – what a stunning idea, and even more stunning implementation. What imagination, what courage, above all what fun.
You could spend days here, but we happily spent four hours – wandering the outside gardens, sweating our way through the tropical dome, and then through the milder, but still very warm mediterranean dome, and then to the amazing educational centre. Read more