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    Discover Street Art in London with a Walk Through Shoreditch

Discover Street Art in London with a Walk Through Shoreditch

“Where shall I go if I want to see some art in London?”

I remember being asked this question by a traveller friend visiting London.

If you open the travel guides, you’ll probably be pointed towards galleries like Tate Modern and National Gallery. I’m not attempting to criticise the art in these places. However, my advise will always be…

“Take your camera and head to Shoreditch – discover some new street art”

Why discover? Well, not every piece of street art is as obvious to the eye as you might think…

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The Unbelievable Scenery on the Salt Flats Tour

After Patagonia, I headed north by boat and plane to the Atacama Desert and onto Salta. I’d write up both journeys and cities in retrospective posts, but in summary, the final resting place was a small town called Tupiza, in the South of Bolivia near to the Argentinian border. Tupiza is the town where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were eventually caught and provided the perfect rest before embarking on a 4 day trip around the Salt Flats area. 
The Salt Flats tour involves jumping in the back of a 4×4 and driving around the area on dirt roads and offroad taking in the scenery during the day, staying in refuges by evening and finishing up in Uyuni for onward travel. As far as scenery goes, it is truly unbelievable. The region is high altitude (3500-4800m) hills and plains packed full of minerals. So we’re talking deserts, mountains, lagoons and salt fields all close together. Of course, the most sought after attraction is the Salar de Uyuni (the Salt Flats in the cover photo) which is planned on most tours for sunrise and the early morning of the final day.
Having the luxury of travelling from Salta to Tupiza with four other backpackers, we were able to book ourselves in on our own private car. Five friends, a driver and a translator made for an awesome 4 day trip. 
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Hiking the Kings Canyon

I wanted my final sightseeing in Ayers Rock to be an all day excursion. The SEIT company were running a tour called the Cave Hill Safari, which promised “a full day cultural immersion experience exploring the Aboriginal Songlines (stories)” from an Aboriginal guide. Unfortunately, the guide wasn’t available the day I had, so instead, I opted for hiking the Kings Canyon instead through AAT Kings costing $199 for the day.
I’m a little crazy when it comes to walking, hiking or running conditions – I always like to test the limits. As a young boy, I remember on a 3 week summer holiday with my parents in the Greek mountains, running a good 30 minute return journey down the mountain to the shops to buy ice cream. I had also recently ran the Angkor Wat 10k whilst I was travelling through Cambodia.
Without doubt, this was probably the hottest walk I’ve done in my life, with temperatures in the sun as you hiked around 44 degrees (taking into account direct sun and the heat coming off the rocks). The advice from the guide was to take 1 litre of water for every hour you’ll be walking to prevent dehydration. For the 3-4 hour walk I chose, I had to sign a disclaimer that given the conditions, any medical attention during the hike would need to be at my own expense. My guide insisted on checking everyone’s bag and my 5 litres of water was enough let me join. Given the conditions and the fact the canyon was a 3 hour drive away, meant a harsh 04:00 pick up from the hostel in order to do the majority of the walk before the midday sun. […]

Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kuta Tjuta

Ayers Rock, known to the local Aborigines as Uluru, had been top of my list of things to see in Australia.

Why wouldn’t it be?

A chance to see the desert of Central Australia, one of the most sacred of Aboriginal sites and something that looks like a freak of nature – a huge rock in the middle of flat lands.

I spent 3 nights in the Ayers Rock Resort, saw Uluru, Kata Tjuta and the Kings Canyon. This post covers my experience of Uluru and Kuta Tjuta.

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The Jinshanling Great Wall of China

I toyed with the idea of going to the infamous Badaling section of the Great Wall, being close by to Beijing and public buses running from town. However, I was SO glad to have chosen the Jinshanling section. Especially after returning to the hostel and asking a couple how busy the Badaling section of the wall was in their opinion. They answered “it was ok, you could move forwards” in a positive way. Gosh, that was even a week day.
Hawkers aside, the views on this section were stunning and it was quiet enough to get could get beautiful winding views without anyone else in the way. I was lucky enough to get a reasonably clear day so hopefully, the photos below speak for themselves… […]