The Pros and Cons of travelling Solo

The Pros and Cons of travelling Solo

Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon iceland
Iceland: I had to pay a Chinese man 50 kroner to take this photo.

For the first time in more than 13 years, I’m travelling the world alone. Previous overseas stints have mainly been with long term partners, some amazing friends and even my dear mum.

Nothing is quite like travelling by yourself.

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Icelandic Hakarl: Stinking, rotten shark.

Icelandic Hakarl: Stinking, rotten shark.

Hakarl (Greenland Shark) available at the Kolaportid Flea Market

Shark, that is buried, rotten and fermented.

A personal hero of mine Anthony Bourdain once said that Hakarl is the most disgusting thing he’s ever eaten. For a guy that’s eaten a lot of gross stuff, that’s saying a lot!

Why eat rotten shark?

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Where to find a sheep’s head in Iceland

Where to find a sheep’s head in Iceland

Sheep head from Mýrin Mathús Reykjavik

I came to Iceland partly for the natural wonders and partly for the bizarre food.

The natural beauty of the place has left me slapping myself, silly whilst the hunt for traditional Icelandic fare has been bordering on frustrating.

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NOLA: After the flood, comes the food.

NOLA: After the flood, comes the food.

New Orleans Flood

Mother Nature has unravelled my plans in majestic fashion a few times.

Set to tick off a bunch of NOLA dishes on Saturday night, alas we were flooded in… The 6 inches in less than an hour downpour saw us wade through raw sewerage to get back to the hotel… turns out restaurants can’t be open when they are a foot deep in poop, who knew!?!

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New Orleans Food Adventures: Part 1, before the flood.

New Orleans Food Adventures: Part 1, before the flood.

I’m sitting at the little NOLA (New Orleans) airport wondering how three days can go by so fast?

In case anyone who thought I’d be writing about a three day bender, culminating in running naked covered in beads down bourbon street, I’m sorry, that’s gonna have to be the next trip.

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