New York State of Mind

New York, New York: concrete jungle where dreams are made; the city that never sleeps; the greatest city in the world. As a familiar backdrop to countless classic films, TV shows and songs, images of New York are imprinted in people’s memories before they have even been there. Think of America and I’m sure that…

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia…

I have been excited about using that title for a while. Unfortunately, it is not always sunny in Philadelphia. In fact, sometimes it rains non-stop for entire days, as we learned on our whistle-stop tour of the historical city. Incidentally, I was also disappointed to learn that the majority of the titular series is not actually…

New England in the Fall

Western USA is all about the sunshine: sun-drenched coastlines, Californian beaches, roadtrips in convertibles, beautiful people with beautiful tans… But if the west coast is made for Summer, then the east coast finds its true beauty in Autumn, when the air is crisp and clean and the trees are painted in vivid reds and golds…

Way Down in New Orleans

“It’s like Cajun spice brought to life…” – Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice Think of New Orleans and a few things probably pop into your head…jazz…gumbo…voodoo…and Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, flooding most of the city, causing billions of dollars worth of damage and killing over 1500 people. A decade on, ‘Nola’ remembers…

The Beautiful South

We bade a fond farewell to Nashville and hopped on our next Greyhound bus. Our destination: Atlanta, Georgia, recently ranked the 6th most dangerous city in the US. We had already decided that this wasn’t a place we particularly wanted to hang around in for too long, and our fears were confirmed when our bus driver…

Big-Time Nashville Star

Nashville is one of those places that just gets under your skin. The atmosphere, the people, the music…I can understand why people keep coming back. We were there for just 3 nights, and I could happily have spent longer. First on our agenda was the famous Country Music Hall of Fame, where we spent a…

The Post-Travel Blues…

So I’m home! After 10 months, 10 countries, 14 flights, endless trains, buses, boats and tuk-tuks, 2 campervans, 5 rental cars, 1 RV and 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 steps…I am officially HOME! And already struggling to adjust back to normal life. It’s almost like experiencing a sense of culture shock again…what do I do all day when there’s…

Caledonia’s Calling…

Well, this is it. The end is in sight. The adventure is over. Caledonia is calling, and we’re going home in less than 2 weeks. But, rather than be sad and dwell on all the wonderful and amazing things that we’re going to miss about travelling, I decided to focus instead on all the little…

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have never celebrated Thanksgiving before, of course – with it being an American holiday commemorating the first successful harvest of the pilgrims in the New World. It is one of those American traditions that people from other countries tend to glean all of their information about from films an TV shows. We know it…

Walking in Memphis

Memphis. The home of the blues. The birthplace of rock and roll. The place where legends such as Elvis and Johnny Cash were discovered. The site of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Memphis is one of those places with such a rich history that you can almost feel it as you walk down the…

Is This the Way to Amarillo?

No. This is NOT the way to f*$@%ng Amarillo. Everything had been going so well. We had been driving our RV for 2 days with no problems, were getting used to the size of it and had even carved some pumpkins to be our mascots. On the day that we were planning to visit Cadillac…

Runnin’ Down the Road Tryin’ to Loosen my Load…

After 4 weeks and over 6000 miles, we said a sad farewell to our fantastic wee Hyundai. We’d had a few bumps along the way (don’t drive over roadkill, no matter how flat it looks) and a couple of longer-than-anticipated drives (always check Google maps before you set off!) but I wouldn’t change a thing….