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Staying in a Kenyan Home

KENYA | Thu, 20 Feb 2014 | By connectlocally | Views [2483]

As a traveller – or even worse, as a tourist – it can be very difficult to come face-to-face with the normal, day-to-day life of a place, especially if faced with barriers of language, culture and ethnicity. Having been lucky enough to spend ... Read more >

Tags: connect locally, guesthouse, kenya, travel

On Thin Ice: How I Saved My Sherpa

INDIA | Tue, 13 Aug 2013 | By OffTheBeatenPath | Views [5236] | Comments [1]

A high pitched scream echoed down the canyon walls – something was wrong. I ran around a bend in the river and could see that Tsering had slipped into the near-frozen water. I watched as he desperately clawed at an ice shelf with his fingernails ... Read more >

Tags: connect locally, himalayan treks, india, off the beaten path treks, terrifying travel tales, travel, trekking

Bali Hot Springs - We should have cupped our ‘bits’!

INDONESIA | Wed, 22 May 2013 | By connectlocally | Views [4429] | Comments [1]

A tale of inappropriate (un)touching on the road. It was a cultural faux pas of epic proportions! The old women of the village looked like they wanted to throw us into the nearby volcano. The young women giggled behind their hands. It was clear ... Read more >

Tags: bali, connect locally, inappropriate touching on the road, mount batur, travel

An Arctic Experience – Greenland will ride into your heart

GREENLAND | Tue, 15 Jan 2013 | By OffTheBeatenPath | Views [2209] | Video

Tourism Greenland have launched the brand new video series "Rough. Real. Remote." These guys are serious about experiencing real adventure within the Arctic Circle, and this sneak peak on their journey through Greenland is an epic off the beaten ... Read more >

Tags: adventure, biking, connect locally, greenland, hiking, off the beaten path, travel, trekking, video

The Best Food in Europe

WORLDWIDE | Mon, 22 Oct 2012 | By connectlocally | Views [4648]

Photo by  jonnygo Food plays a big part in any travellers adventure, and Europe offers some of the most indulgent food in the world! From baguettes and cheese to snails and frogs legs, Europe is a great destination to take your ... Read more >

Tags: connect locally, europe, food, france, frogs legs, germany, pork knuckle, snails, spain

La Tavola Italiana (The Italian Table)

ITALY | Tue, 15 May 2012 | By connectlocally | Views [4209] | Comments [3]

The British comic Douglas Adams said; “Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.” I can draw two concise conclusions from this statement, one; he is insightful, and two; he has clearly never lived in Italy. Having recently moved to Italy ... Read more >

Tags: connect locally, food, italy

A Taste of Jordan

JORDAN | Wed, 18 Apr 2012 | By connectlocally | Views [4731]

Like much of the food in the Middle East, meals in Jordan are generally made up of an array of different dishes — mezze. Mezze are small plates of appetizers usually part of a much larger meal. Falafel, fatoosh (a cucumber & tomato ... Read more >

Tags: connect locally, food, jordan

Authentic Eats in New York City’s Cultural Enclave

USA | Tue, 13 Mar 2012 | By connectlocally | Views [3802]

One of the first things you notice about New York City is that it’s incredibly diverse- bafflingly so - but no one ethnic group stands out. There are a lot of people and a lot of types of people, all packed in together within a few square miles. The ... Read more >

Tags: connect locally, food, nyc, restaurants, travel

Romancing the Road

WORLDWIDE | Tue, 14 Feb 2012 | By connectlocally | Views [2700]

Travel Romance. These two little words can instantly conjure up the lovestruck notions that one day a beautifully coiffed Italian man will sweep you off your feet on his shiny red Vespa and that you’ll spend the rest of your days sipping Merlot ... Read more >

Tags: connect locally, journey, love, passion, people, relationships, road, romance, travel

A Taste of Brazil - Pão de queijo!

BRAZIL | Wed, 1 Feb 2012 | By connectlocally | Views [4766]

I recently experienced Brazilian BBQ – so now a visit to Brazil is on my list! Grilled chorizo, steaks of every kind, beef ribs, BBQ chicken, grilled bocconcini, sweet cinnamon covered pineapple, lamb, pork belly, bacon wrapped chicken skewers, chicken ... Read more >

Tags: brazil, brazilian bbq, connect locally, food, recipe, travel

A Taste of India - South Indian Specialties

INDIA | Thu, 24 Nov 2011 | By connectlocally | Views [9639] | Comments [3]

Dosa, idli, vada? If you visit a restaurant in South India for the first time, there are probably many items on the menu you have never even heard of. South Indian food is different from the North Indian cuisine that is usually served in Indian ... Read more >

Tags: connect locally, food, india, travel

American Street Food - Following the Food Truck Trail

USA | Thu, 27 Oct 2011 | By connectlocally | Views [7372] | Comments [1]

If you travel abroad frequently then street food probably isn't anything new to you. From street stalls lining the streets of Bangkok to crepe carts in Paris street food is a part of the culture of many countries. However, while there are a lot of ... Read more >

Tags: america, california, connect locally, food trucks, street food, travel, usa

A Taste of Germany - Local Brews

GERMANY | Wed, 28 Sep 2011 | By connectlocally | Views [7486] | Comments [3]

As the country that has given the world words such as ‘schnapps’, ‘stein’, and ‘Oktoberfest’, it’s no secret that Germany loves a drink.    Whether you’re on a foodie tour or simply ready to party, the breadth of locally produced liquor and places ... Read more >

Tags: beer, berlin, connect locally, drinking, food, germany, partying, schnapps, traditions, travel

5 Things you Need to Know about the Germans

GERMANY | Mon, 26 Sep 2011 | By connectlocally | Views [23275] | Comments [6]

There are a lot of prejudices and clichés about Germany. Some of them are true and some of them aren’t. We’re not drinking beer all the time and we’re not wearing Lederhosn and Dirndl all the year round. Most of us don’t even owe one of those. ... Read more >

Tags: connect locally, drinking, entertainment, europe, festivals, germans, germany, oktoberfest, travel, weather

A Taste of France - Clafoutis

FRANCE | Mon, 19 Sep 2011 | By connectlocally | Views [3531]

The first time I tasted clafoutis was during my summer failure as an au pair. I was barely 18 and had been placed in—to put it mildly—the middle of nowhere. I had already spent a summer in rural Provence, so I thought I knew the drill: cycle to ... Read more >

Tags: community, connect locally, eating, food, france, french cuisine, fruit, local recipes, travel

A Taste of Spain - The Secret of Sangria

SPAIN | Tue, 19 Jul 2011 | By connectlocally | Views [5312]

Ever ordered sangria in a bar in Spain? Did you notice a smirk on the barman's face? He was probably amused at yet another tourist ordering that 'traditional, quintessentially Spanish drink', when all he's likely to serve you is red wine watered ... Read more >

Tags: connect locally, drinks, europe, recipes, sangria, spain, travel, wine

Being French in Kep

CAMBODIA | Tue, 14 Jun 2011 | By connectlocally | Views [2930] | Comments [1]

We didn’t really know what we were expecting to do while in Kep. The beach isn’t as nice as those in Sihanoukville, and while there a few day trips you can do, the real drawcard is the amazingly fresh seafood and lazing in a hammock by the water’s ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, cambodia, connect locally, drinking, entertainment, food, france, french, kep, travel

Memories of Natal - Couchsurfing in North Brazil

BRAZIL | Tue, 31 May 2011 | By connectlocally | Views [4360] | Comments [1]

I remember Natal as a collection of picture postcards – white sand beaches, aquamarine waves, coconuts plummeting from palm trees in the breeze. The sun beating down like a giant fan heater, melting my skin into ripples of sweat beads and the waves ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, brazil, connect locally, couchsurfing, experiences, experiences, natal, south america, travel

A Taste of Italy - Tiramisu

ITALY | Mon, 23 May 2011 | By connectlocally | Views [4119]

The Italian word tiramisu , literally translated, means “pick me up” – which is a reference to the ingredients in this traditional Italian dessert – and there are as many varieties of tiramisu as there are myths about its origin. Tiramisu ... Read more >

Tags: a taste of italy, connect locally, desserts, europe, food, italy, recipes, tiramisu, travel

Going Local in West Java, Indonesia

INDONESIA | Fri, 20 May 2011 | By connectlocally | Views [7458]

A few weeks after I arrive in Indonesia, one of my host’s friends, Jamal, invites me and a few other volunteers to his village. We travel 20 minutes out of Cianjur until the rice paddies and tea plantations dissolve the highway into a bumpy mud ... Read more >

Tags: asia, connect locally, eating, fishing, indonesia, java, locals, rice paddies, southeast asia, travel

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