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Luanda Highlights

ANGOLA | Mon, 19 Jun 2023 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [148]

Luanda gets an unfairly bad rep, and most people who criticise Angola's capital have never been here. Cranes and skyscrapers dominate the skyline but there are more highlights and standout sights than many other capital cities. The other day after settling ... Read more >

Trekking the Larapinta Trail

AUSTRALIA | Sun, 23 Jul 2023 | By welcometomyworld | Views [124]

Trekking the Larapinta Trail- This was my first solo multiday hike trekking The Larapinta trail in the West Macdonnell Ranges on Arrernte Country.   Day 1 – Serpentine Gorge to Ellery Creek North  First day on the trail and was ... Read more >

A Zoo in Reverse

NAMIBIA | Thu, 13 Jul 2023 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [106]

The Africa of my childhood imagination came to be today. With a private driver I was off into Etosha National Park, which is a land of thousands of animals that are symbolic of Africa. Shortly after entering through the Namutoni Gate, the first animal ... Read more >

Hell Creek Dino Dig—Part 2

USA | Wed, 19 Jul 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [101]

NOW THAT THE CAT’S OUT OF THE BAG—or rather the bones are almost out of the ground—it’s time to tell the real reason for our Denver Museum Hell Creek Road Trip.                 ... Read more >


NEW ZEALAND | Tue, 6 Jun 2023 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [101]

For my birthday we went to Rarotonga. It happened because Jetstar sent me an email saying I had a credit that had to be used within a couple of months! I panicked a bit and thought of a place and booked our tickets. I have always wanted to go there as ... Read more >

Anikka and Me

AUSTRALIA | Tue, 15 Aug 2023 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [90]

Two of the most beautiful days of my life happened yesterday and today. I've mentioned her in several previous stories and I'm writing about her again. Anikka "Miss Double-K" is the absolute dearest lady in my life. When I arrived yesterday I ran with ... Read more >

Centre of Angola

ANGOLA | Tue, 4 Jul 2023 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [89]

Leaving Huambo behind, I wanted to take a trip to the geographical centre of Angola. A minibus would get me to Kuito which, from what I saw from the bus window, looks like an attractive town. Getting to Camacupa (sometimes spelled "Kamacupa") involved ... Read more >

A Week in Suriname

SURINAME | Mon, 21 Aug 2023 | By krodin | Views [86] | Video

A Week in Suriname                                      Entering Suriname was supposed to be easy as long as one had proof of a yellow fever vaccine. ... Read more >

Tags: hiking, rainforest

COVID: It Ain't Over 'Till It's Over

USA | Fri, 23 Jun 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [83]

FOR MOST OF US COVID WAS A BAD DREAM; quarantines, social distancing and N-95 masks—like Donald Trump’s presidency—something best forgotten. The reality is that Delta, Alpha and Omicron are still here. They're killing about 100 Americans ... Read more >

Quedas de Kalandula

ANGOLA | Thu, 22 Jun 2023 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [80]

Luanda isn't as bad or as expensive as some people make it out to be, and I certainly felt safer walking round Luanda than round Cape Town or even Windhoek. However, I didn't come to Angola to spend all of my time in Luanda. After quickly arranging ... Read more >

Questioned and... Appreciated

ANGOLA | Sun, 18 Jun 2023 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [76]

Angola doesn't get many visitors. Most foreigners who are here are working, not taking pictures. Police, soldiers, and the average local wonder why someone would travel from all the way around the world to take a photo of a building. Today ... Read more >

Colorado in Bloom

USA | Sat, 15 Jul 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [76]

SELDOM HAVE WE SEEN COLORADO SO VERDANT this late in July. The early monsoon rains seem to have countered recent temperatures in the 90s and there are still pockets of snow on the high peaks of the Rockies.           ... Read more >

Taking on Angola

ANGOLA | Fri, 16 Jun 2023 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [71]

It looks like a creature struggling to be accepted but reaching out and asking for a hug or a handshake; that's what Angola is shaped like. It is one of my favourite country shapes. "Why would you want to go to Angola?" one may wonder. Firstly, it's ... Read more >

Med Cruise

ITALY | Sun, 24 Sep 2023 | By bnbtraveling | Views [70]

We begin our new adventure tomorro, Monday, 9/25.  Heading to Venice (Trieste) Italy.  Board ship, the Holland America Oosterdam.  Set sail on 9/26 for Croatia, Turkey and several Greek isles before docking in Athens, Greece.  Another ... Read more >

A Week in Amazonas, Brazil

BRAZIL | Mon, 28 Aug 2023 | By krodin | Views [65] | Video

A Week in Amazonas  I had been looking forward to finally getting to the Amazon River. I’d been in the Amazon basin in Bolivia, Columbia, Peru and Suriname, but had not been on the river itself. I was looking forward to seeing some amazing ... Read more >

Tags: city, rainforest, waterfalls

Leigh Creek—Town For Sale

AUSTRALIA | Sun, 29 Oct 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [64]

LEIGH CREEK WAS ONCE A BOOMING purpose-built mining town. It had a modern shopping centre, a series of neat modern roads and small, attractive plots of land with standard modern houses. Miners and their families enjoyed a social life enhanced by the ... Read more >

Denver—Baseball, Pride and Shame

USA | Sun, 25 Jun 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [62]

I TOOK HER OUT TO THE BALL GAME. I took her out with the crowd! But we were detoured by Sunday’s Pride Parade—seemed like half of Denver was out in support—and didn’t arrive until the final strains of the “H-O-M-E-ofthe-... Read more >

Pedras Negras

ANGOLA | Sat, 24 Jun 2023 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [61]

I’m still wondering…how the hell was I the only foreign visitor at Kalandula Falls? If it were Victoria Falls I’d be jockeying for space with many other visitors and I likely couldn’t fly Juliett (my drone). Yesterday I ended ... Read more >

Apartheid Museum

SOUTH AFRICA | Sat, 22 Jul 2023 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [60]

Two months of gallavanting Southern Africa has come down to the final two days. Unfortunately I had only about five days in Botswana because I spent a lot more time than I originally planned in Angola. At the border yesterday I stuck my thumb out, and ... Read more >

The Road to Hell Creek is Paved with Fossils

USA | Sun, 2 Jul 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [59]

OUR WEEKEND ROADTRIP ACTUALLY BEGAN about 66 million years ago when an asteroid roughly the size of New York City smashed into Earth, a calamity that wiped out the dinosaurs along with much of life on the planet.          ... Read more >

Impressions of Lençóis and Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil

BRAZIL | Fri, 1 Sep 2023 | By krodin | Views [58] | Video

Lençóis and Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil  I arrived in the late afternoon on the prop plane from Bel Horizonte. The airport is quite small, but the staff were efficient, and the luggage arrived almost by the time we had deplaned.... Read more >

Tags: diamond town, hiking, rainforest

Ikara-Flinders Ranges NP—Arkaroo Rock Art Trail

AUSTRALIA | Tue, 31 Oct 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [58]

THIS MORNING’S SUNRISE WAS SPECTACULAR, almost making the early start from Quorn to the Park seem like a good idea . About 100 KM of being alert for roos on the road later, we slowed to 20 mph while three hippity-hopped across the road ahead of ... Read more >

Second day Scotland

UNITED KINGDOM | Sat, 23 Sep 2023 | By lizscar | Views [57]

Well....today was a mixed bag to say the least.    I got up around 7 and waited until 9 or so to try to rouse the others - who were un-rouseable until a tad later. I made some meat-free bacon and toast for my mom and Jared slept through ... Read more >

A Few Days in Salvador and Morro de Sãu Paulo, Bahia

BRAZIL | Sat, 2 Sep 2023 | By krodin | Views [56] | Video

A Few Days in Salvador & Morro de Sãu Paulo After a week in Chapada Diamantina, it was time to head to the beach and the capital of Bahia, Salvador. This city is the oldest in Brazil and was once its colonial capital. The elite lived on ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, churches, museums, towns


NAMIBIA | Sat, 3 Jun 2023 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [56]

Fish River Canyon is postponed for now. The 5-day hike I booked more than a year ago is off the table for the time being, not due to COVID-19 issues or visa-related issues, but due to badly straining my hip last week. For the past several days I was ... Read more >


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