Yosemite National Park's greenery, waterfalls and huge, silver rock formations will impress any visitor. The park itself is enormous, but much of the tourism is concentrated in the Yosemite Valley area in its centre – a deep valley between high cliffs on both sides, where famous viewpoints, hiking trails and waterfalls provide the main attractions. … Continue reading Two days in Yosemite
“Welcome to America, the land of litigation”, said Marie as she handed us waiver forms to fill in. Amanda and I had just arrived to meet our four day Trek America tour from Las Vegas to the desert national parks of the Wild West, and last minute paperwork was being organised in the hotel lobby. … Continue reading Wild Wild West
“Can I get you girls a couple of Cosmos with those?”, the smiling waitress asked as Amanda and I ordered our pizzas. We looked at each other and shrugged. “Yes please!”, we replied in unison. The terrace we sat on was surrounded by a constant assault of neon, music and voices. Lights flashed, people talked … Continue reading What happens in Vegas
After a period of inactivity caused by injury, my body has grown weak, heavy and stiff. Returning to training in this state is both frustrating and terrifying. Everyone says that the body remembers, but mine is unsure. Feeling useless and clunky, lacking belief in its abilities, it fails me in executing basic movements that just 5 weeks … Continue reading A foray into circus
Flying low over the Caribbean in daylight is always a beautiful experience. Not long before landing in Havana's José Martí International Airport, I looked out the window of the Air France 777 I was travelling on to see the Bahamas stretched out in stunning blue and turquoise water below. Any delusion I was under that this … Continue reading Cuba Libre!
"It's too early for this", I thought as my taxi pulled up outside Dublin Airport at 5.15am. I sleepily stumbled out into the faint light of dawn and made my way inside. I was flying to Barcelona for a whirlwind two-day visit, where I was to meet an old friend who was flying in from … Continue reading Surviving 2 days on a budget in Barcelona