Canicross in Quito

Quito is not only a wonderful place to be active and outdoorsy for people, but also for dogs. The parks are full of dogs of all breeds and owners seem to be more… Continue reading

Climbing Rucu Pichincha – our local volcano

Rucu Pichincha, ‘Rucu’ meaning old man in Kichwa, looms 4,700m over downtown Quito – a constant reminder that we’re high up in the Andes now. Even Quito is 2,800 meters above sea level. The… Continue reading

The Audi British Polo Cup – Quito 2015

Two weekends ago was the final of the Audi British Polo Cup. The final was a gripping game between ‘London’ (with one English player – Harold Hodges) and ‘Rio Blanco’ a young Ecuadorian team… Continue reading

Happy Birthday Tala!

Today is Tala’s fifth birthday. In five years, the hound has accompanied us to four continents (Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America) and is with us in Quito, Ecuador – more about that soon.… Continue reading

A Nomadic Six Months

A lot has been going on since my last post in February (excluding the happy birthday Tala post). So much that I haven’t found the time to work on my blog at all! A… Continue reading

My Top Ten Buildings in Hanoi

One of the things I love most about Hanoi is its architecture. It has a charm and character unlike anywhere else. Many cities in South East Asia have become all too generic, with the… Continue reading

Posing for Tet

I’ve done lots of posts in the past about the more obvious parts of Tet in Hanoi – namely the Peach branches and Kumquat trees which wizz about on motorbikes en route to… Continue reading

Hanoi’s Trees

One of the special features of Hanoi which make it such a beautiful and atmospheric city is its trees. The French introduced the western concept of boulevards lined with trees planted along the… Continue reading

Sniffing out art in Hanoi

As we are nearing the end of our time in Hanoi, I realize one of the great things about Hanoi which I haven’t shared yet is its art scene. In 1925 the French… Continue reading

A Bend in the River – The Dyke and The Bridge

  Hanoi means ‘bend in the river’, although to most visitors the river seems to barely feature in the city scape of today, in stark contrast to when the city was founded by Ly… Continue reading