The only cat in the desert and the big TV in the sky

Even when we were technically in the desert, speeding across the stony ochre plains, we were still waiting for the Sahara to rise up from the dust and roll out a burnished carpet of soft golden sand to greet us

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Equity Point Hostel, Marrakech: A spa, baghrir and rooftop beers

The word hostel means different things to different people. If you’ve never stayed in one, but saw that movie then it’s unlikely you ever will. I imagine though, that if you’re under 30 and have ever travelled independently of a tour operator, you’ve probably stayed in one at some point. I won’t lie — they’re a mixed bag, hostels are, and everyone who stays in them has their limits. For me, that means avoiding sleeping in mixed dorms when I’m travelling alone, wherever possible. If you’re on a budget though, you’ll end up in a situation every now and then…

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7 Super Shots

This post has been inspired by two things: firstly I am taking part in HostelBookers 7 Super Shots, the challenge from the HostelBookers blog to post seven travel photos I’ve taken that fit into various categories. Secondly, the Ansel Adams exhibition at London’s Maritime Museum in Greenwich, which I visited last weekend. It not only allowed me to check out some of my favourite landscape shots of all time up close, but encouraged me to work harder on improving my own photography skills. It’s closing in just over a week, so get down there fast if you want to catch it…

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The cats of Morocco

You’re on the Internet and you’re reading a blog, so I’m just going to go ahead and presume you like cats. I recently took a trip to Morocco, which I’m currently writing up in various parts — but to give you a little a taste of what’s to come, here’s a little teaser. A teaser made up purely of cat photos. As in many primarily Islamic countries, cats are far more prevalent than dogs in Morocco. There is an abundance of kitties on every street corner and in every village. Our tour guide Hassan taught us the etymology of many…

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