There is something about the Mekong River that lulls you into a pleasant somnambulance. It meanders its way through six Asian nations...and we had the pleasure of enjoying beers along its banks in three of these - Cambodia, Thailand and Laos. View of the Nam Ou River, a major tributary of the Mekong, from Nong … Continue reading The mighty Mekong.
Istanbul is one of the world's great cities. It straddles two continents, contains thousands of years of human history and is home to some truly staggering feats of architectural ingenuity and beauty. It's also home to thousands of kitties. And that gives it the edge in my book. If you haven't seen the adorable documentary … Continue reading Istanbul: cats and fish (in bread)
Like millions of other people around the world, I suddenly find myself without a holiday to look forward to. For someone who normally has at least two trips planned and a secret squirrel one in my back pocket for the third, this is a new and altogether unwelcome feeling - one compounded by the fact … Continue reading Back when we were free…
Congratulations Guyana, you've done it. After more than fifty meticulously researched Rum Diaries (and let's face it, many more bottles that didn't make it due to laziness or memory-loss), I think I've finally found my number one. This absolutely sensational rum came via the online magic of Nick's Wine Merchants and was almost criminally good … Continue reading The Rum Diaries Part LVII
I feel like this is going to be my 'sliding doors' moment. The event that defines the shift from solvent, functioning alcoholic to rum-soaked wastrel. Australia is a long fucking way from everywhere, and the rum selection at your average bottle-o is rarely enough to raise the pulse. I've always relied heavily on overseas adventures … Continue reading Guyana, Barbados, Mauritius…oh my!
It’s official, there is such a thing as too many tacos. I’m not sure exactly how many is too many, since I lost count somewhere around the high 700’s, but it’s safe to say I don’t need to see another tortilla for some time. Mexican food is one of those ubiquitous drunk foods that everyone … Continue reading Eating Mexico, one tortilla at a time.
Ahhhh Peru, it was so good to see you again. It has been 7 years since I was last in Peru and although the country itself hasn’t changed too much, my experience this time around was vastly different from the cruisy backpacking pace we set back in 2012. I was leading a group of 32 … Continue reading The Rum Diaries Part LVI
During my recent sojourn to South America I was able to pick up a few additions to the Rum Diaries. Sadly, my trip started in Santiago de Chile and ended in Buenos Aires, rather than the other way around. While Santiago probably has the best imported rum selection of any major South American city, Buenos … Continue reading The Rum Diaries Part LV
I was looking through some photos from our 2017 trip to Queensland and uncovered yet another forgotten rum - one we stumbled across while driving around the Atherton tableland region west of Cairns. Rum lives here 😉 We had driven down from Thornton's Beach Bungalows, where we spent a glorious and lazy week, trying not … Continue reading The Rum Diaries Part LIV
This review of Ord River Rum comes to you live (!) from Ningaloo Station! Actually, the beauty of Ningaloo is that there's no internet or phone reception so you can live a blissful, blog-free existence, free from the fetters of rum reporting. *sigh* Ord River proved something that most rum drinkers would long have held … Continue reading The Rum Diaries Part LIII