After a bad streak of three run-ins with bed bugs within just a few months, I decided to assemble is a collection of things I learned about how to deal with these little suckers. They are masters of survival but human has
The standard safety pin -- patented in 1849 by American mechanic Walter Hunt -- is one of my favorite gadgets. Here are three uses for it that you might not have thought of:
We had barely known each other for a day when I realized I knew just the perfect birthday present for Gav. Sitting by a fire on a campsite in Tarifa we agreed that bringing a hammock on the trip around
Doing it the smart way I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I love my smart phone. However, before the trip I had decided that Africa wasn't the right continent for a device with a touch screen and a battery that could barely survive for one day. I had also decided that getting a travel SIM would connect me to friends and family regardless of where I was. How wrong I was!
In today's world where even the cheapest mobile phone includes a camera and everyone in the Western world has a mobile phone I met a man - Australian, well versed, well traveled - who didn't own a camera. He was travelling for close to a year. He was climbing mountains, crossing rivers, diving into cities unknown. And had no photos to prove it.
The amazing Ghana dress We were fast approaching Christmas when we arrived in Kokrobite, Ghana. Packing I had been certain there couldn't possibly be a reason why I would need a dress in Africa. After all this was a dusty, muddy, sweaty expedition. T-shirts and zip-off pants would do perfectly fine. But Christmas was around the corner and my girly genes were yelling for prettiness.
Got to go [caption id="attachment_1651" align="alignright" width="150"] A very nice toilet in Mole National Park, Ghana[/caption] The worst part of using public transport is finding the right time to go for a pee. It usually starts with the bus station. Often times there are no toilets. And if there are some, you will be sitting in a bus with the driver saying: 'We're leaving now.' For three hours straight.