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Exploring the Scottish Highlands

Exploring the Scottish Highlands

The curtains of our hostel were left open, so we fell asleep and woke up to the most amazing view. The following morning was a quick breakfast before we headed off to our bright yellow tour bus: Haggis Tours. It was aptly labelled “Wild and Sexy” and “Awesome”. This bus was to be our ride for…

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By Soninke Combrinck, July 2, 2015
En Route to Edinburgh

En Route to Edinburgh

For the summer solstice, we will be in Scotland. The drive up is 10 hours but feels like the longest drive of my life. But the Megabus from London to Edinburgh offered a smooth ride. The route is beautiful. The bright green landscape is dappled with sunlight. The cropped grass has trees sprawled along its back. The…

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By Soninke Combrinck, July 1, 2015
A Taste of London Culture and History

A Taste of London Culture and History

It’s hard to believe a city crammed with 8.6 million people can be a lonely place. I guess that is the reason every advertising break on TV includes adds for Love Match and Lovoo to “share moments, events and photos with people nearby“. It can be quite a culture shock at first. Getting lonely in London?…

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By Soninke Combrinck, June 30, 2015
Taking it to the streets of London

Taking it to the streets of London

The Old Street is a hub of creativity and hipsters. Strolling along Shoreditch is like visiting Woodstock on any ordinary day in Cape Town. Street art and graffiti wash the walls, gourmet restaurants line the roads, and it is also a new area – recently converted from old factories to an up and coming hipster joint….

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By Soninke Combrinck, June 29, 2015
Hop-on Hop-off Tour Bus in London

Hop-on Hop-off Tour Bus in London

We are horribly late. We stumbled onto the Waterloo train station which was unlike any we had seen before. It was buzzing with people, stores, sights and sounds. It is the Royal Ascott horse race this week, so women were elegantly garbed and sported sun hats. Men were similarly distinguished, wearing top hats and tailcoats…

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By Soninke Combrinck, June 28, 2015
A Day at the Museum: London’s Hall’s of History.

A Day at the Museum: London’s Hall’s of History.

The cooler weather pushed us indoors today, so we flocked to the famous British museums with hundreds of other tourists, tour groups and children on school outings. We woke early, packed lunch and set off to South Kensington for our history lesson. Surviving the Tube I’m trying to wrap my mind around the underground etiquette….

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By Soninke Combrinck, June 27, 2015
Sun’s Out, Guns Out: Longboarding in London

Sun’s Out, Guns Out: Longboarding in London

It’s light dreadfully early. The sun illuminates my room well before 5 am. For a morning person, it is like a siren going off. I usually drag my tired body out of bed to keep my cousin company downstairs while he entertains the little ball of fur. The plan for today was to be rustig. We had…

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By Soninke Combrinck, June 25, 2015
Out and About in London Town

Out and About in London Town

The day started like a typical Sunday – lui en rustig. We shared a lazy morning and afternoon with family, and an adventurous afternoon with friends exploring London Town. I rolled out of bed early with the sun to find Chris already entertaining Chewie – the Cavapoo puppy – downstairs. Once the rest of the house…

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By Soninke Combrinck, June 22, 2015
Robin Hood and Men in Tights

Robin Hood and Men in Tights

A trip through the England countryside was like a trip down memory lane with Robin Hood: Men in Tights. We leave Palestine Grove at 7. Sharp. We take the M25 northbound. “This is the biggest parking lot in Europe,” Chris explains. The highway takes a circular route around the whole of London and catches cars fast…

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By Soninke Combrinck, June 21, 2015
Landing in London: “A Whole New World”

Landing in London: “A Whole New World”

The air in London tastes different. It sticks more to the tongue than the dry air in South Africa, but it is not as thick as the air in Muscat. Signs and stores sped by on the underground that were entirely unfamiliar. My eyes were searching for signals of familiarity, something my eyes could recognise….

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By Soninke Combrinck, June 12, 2015
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