Category: Features

Hiking through the Valbonë Valley 🏔

Escape to the quiet side of the Balkans, a side comparable to the alps. Staying in the Valbonë Valley in northeast Albania you are surrounded by mountains towering over a kilometre in height. Outside of the peak season it makes for an amazingly quiet and untouched part of the world....

Shköder to Valbonë up Lake Koman by Bus Ferry ⛴

Undecided, I assumed I would take a bus to Tirana, the Albanian capital. I had ended up at Shköder for a few nights. The homestay owner there decided for me, I’d head up to Valbonë on the Lake Koman Ferry. Frequently described as the most beautiful ferry ride in all of Europe, the...

National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo

Sarajevo holds a lot to see with history just emanating from everything, you can just explore around the city that at times is like a living museum. So you have high hopes for the national museum. But like so much in this part of the world, politics and old divisions hold things down. I was told...

Time & change in Mostar

I spent the last couple rainy days in Mostar, a major city in the south of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city although physically divided by its river has seen its sides change dynamically in history. The city is probably best known for two things: the old bridge the spans high above the river, stemming from the Ottoman empire which...

Bed over Europe on LAN 787 Dreamliner Madrid to Frankfurt

After many years of missing out I finally got to ride the LAN tag flight from Madrid to Frankfurt. Previously operated by the A340 aircraft, the route now offers their latest product on the 787 Dreamliner. This flight starts in Santiago, flying to Madrid before continuing to Frankfurt. By joining at Madrid, this called...

Singapore to Helsinki on Finnair A340 Business Class

Just flew Finnair between Singapore and Helsinki on their older but good A340 business class product. Fully flat beds, individual aisle access and some Nordic colours goes a long way toward making a comfortable 12 hour flight onto Europe. I eventually got to fly after postponing the flight a few...

Solar Eclipse from Gili Islands

Somewhat luckily we were in Indonesia for the Solar Eclipse in March 2016. Unlucky in that we had nearly travelled further north and would have been better placed to witness it but the Gili Islands provided a rather unique viewing of it.

Back to NZ. Cathay Pacific to Auckland in business

Transiting through Hong Kong from Bangkok all on a last minute whim. I would be going to New Zealand overnight on Cathay Pacific’s flagship business class product on the Boeing 777-300ER. The flight time is a surprisingly long 12 hours down to Auckland. A long overnight flight with this product...