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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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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An Online Blog will never beat a Local.

An Online Blog will never beat a Local.

One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned while being a semi-professional gadabout, is to get out of the comfort zone and ask a local.

I don’t mean asking for directions, I’m referring to plucking up the courage to ask people who live in your destination to tell you where the “best place for (insert what you’re looking for here) is”.

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Where in the world is The Hungry Ginger?

Where in the world is The Hungry Ginger?

Map of the World - The Hungry Ginger

I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve, except my Santa arrives about 7.30 tomorrow in the shape of an Uber.

I’m about to embark on a 2 month trip, covering some destinations I’ve had on the bucket list for what feels like an eternity. I’m underprepped, excited and more than a little nervous (especially at the thought of leaving my cats for 2 months).

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To market, to market … when in Munich

To market, to market … when in Munich

My meanderings through various cities inevitably lead me to the city market.

ViktualienMarkt
ViktualienMarkt

I find markets to be places where you can always find a plethora of local food that you mightn’t always get from a restaurant. I’m a believer that you can’t really experience a country until you eat it. A market is a great place to start.

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Laverbread – Not your traditional loaf.

Laverbread – Not your traditional loaf.

Laverbread - raw
In it’s raw form

In fact it’s not bread at all …

It’s actually boiled and minced seaweed (laver): a popular ingredient in Welsh dishes, particularly for breakfast when coated with oatmeal and served with cockles.

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Eating insects in China

Eating insects in China

Street Food Bugs

Well once they were alive… now they are deep-fried and covered in chili and salt!

To preface: We decided on a cheeky overnight trip from Shanghai to Hangzhou via 300kph bullet train (AMAZING!) to try to escape the city and possibly the heat for a night…

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