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Preview: A Regular Travel Digest from Mark Moxon

A Regular Travel Digest from Mark Moxon

A selection of travel tales by Mark Moxon.

Published: Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:05:02 GMT

Copyright: Copyright 2018 Mark Moxon

Australia: Kalgoorlie

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Written on 20 April 1996, 22 years ago. Before arriving in Perth, I'd fired off an email to the city's Acorn dealer and said it would be nice to meet up, and much to my surprise he invited me round for a chat. Wouldn't you know, my visit coincided with the girl on technical support going on holiday, so when we met up and I mentioned in passing that I was looking for a job, it suddenly turned a job interview. Much to my delight, I got offered three weeks' employment, starting in a couple of weeks' time; it would end up turning into...

Colombia: The Medellín Metro

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Written on 17 April 2014, 4 years ago. We weren't terribly well in Medellín, but we still managed to see a fair amount of the city, albeit gently and without a great deal of energy. This was mainly down to the fact that Medellín has a wonderful metro that makes getting around a doddle, so even those recuperating from a mystery illness can hobble round the main sights without having to cram into a public bus or spend a fortune on taxis. First opened in 1995, the Medellín Metro is small, with only two lines (A and B) and three...

Colombia: Medellín

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Written on 17 April 2014, 4 years ago. Just in case you were wondering, I can vouch that Medellín, Colombia's second-largest city, is a great place in which to feel absolutely terrible. If your insides have turned to jelly and you've got an itchy rash that you can't quite explain, then Medellín is a nice, comfortable place in which to get better. For one thing, it has a pleasant climate; after the oven-like temperatures of Santa Marta and Cartagena, the perpetual spring climate of mountainous Medellín comes as a huge relief. It...

London Loop, United Kingdom: Moor Park to Elstree

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Written on 17 April 2003, 15 years ago. Oh dear, this is a boring walk. I was lucky enough to do it on the hottest and sunniest day of the year so far, a delightful Thursday in April that woke up to blue skies and temperatures in the mid-20s, but even the weather didn't manage to hide the fact that this section of the Loop dragged on and on for me. Sure, the walking is easy enough, the length is about right, and there's plenty of countryside to look at, but before I was even half way through the walk, I wanted it to be over. The...

Colombia: Flying Through Colombia

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Written on 15 April 2014, 4 years ago. Once we got back from our five-day trek to the Lost City, we collapsed into our boutique hotel in downtown Santa Marta, and never really got up again. The weather was incredibly oppressive and the humidity finally gave way to rain – excellent timing given that we'd only just left the rainforest – but when I sat down to plan our next move away from the mind-bending Caribbean climate, I just couldn't decide what to do. The challenge is that Colombia is a very large country...

London Loop, United Kingdom: Old Bexley to Jubilee Park

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Written on 14 April 2003, 15 years ago. The second day of the Loop is by far the shortest, coming in at a leisurely 7.25 miles, but it manages to pack in some wonderful sights. You start off in a lovely little village, wander along a delightful rural river, pass a church with a spectacular graveyard, skirt through boring suburbia, climb a hill to a delightful pub, negotiate a huge road junction, wander through pretty forest, discover some historical monuments, and finally you arrive at the end with plenty of time for a pint or...

London Loop, United Kingdom: Erith to Old Bexley

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Written on 14 April 2003, 15 years ago. The Loop doesn't start off on a particularly high note, though that's not to say that the first day's walking isn't interesting. Thankfully the last half of this short introduction to the Loop contains enough treasure to make it worthwhile; the only problem is the first half from Erith to Crayford, which is a little bit depressing. Luckily it's not that long; at 8.5 miles, day 1 is one of the shorter walks on the Loop, so it's not long before you can get stuck into happier places like Hall...

Australia: Drop Bears

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Written on 12 April 1996, 22 years ago. It's quiz time! You should by now have a pretty good idea what the general Australian psyche is like, so see if you can identify who's talking to whom in the following conversations, all, of course, overheard on a bus. It's the same two people in every instance, just to make it easy. Here we go... Conversation A 'Of course, you've got to be careful of drop bears: they're everywhere at this time of year.' 'Drop bears? What on earth are they?' 'Well, they're these bears that are distantly...

Colombia: Walking Tips for Ciudad Perdida

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Written on 8 April 2014, 4 years ago. If you're thinking of doing the trek to Ciudad Perdida, the Lost City, there are lots of things you can do to make it an enjoyable experience, rather than a nightmare. We saw people break down in tears because they'd underestimated the challenge, and we saw three injured people being carried out of the jungle on mules. You can avoid this happening to you by doing some research, and by being realistic; if you bite off more than you can chew, the jungle will break you, but if you pitch it right,...

Colombia: Ciudad Perdida

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Written on 8 April 2014, 4 years ago. The trek to Ciudad Perdida, the Lost City of the Tayronas, has reached a fairly legendary status on the travelling circuit, and for good reason. It's a difficult multiple-day trek through tough terrain in northern Colombia's Sierra Nevada mountain range, and after days of slogging through the jungle, you end up at the stunning medieval ruins of the Lost City, where the lush tropical rainforest reveals one of the most beautiful and atmospheric archaeological sites that I've ever seen. This trek...

Australia: Cape Leeuwin

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Written on 6 April 1996, 22 years ago. My first port of call after Pemberton was Augusta, right on the southwest coast of the continent. I drove to Cape Leeuwin lighthouse, the most southwesterly point of Australia, and the only place where you can see the Indian Ocean to your right, and the Southern Ocean to your left. After climbing the lighthouse, I headed north to Jewel Cave, and went on an hour-long tour of this most amazing sight. There are about 150 caves in the southwestern tip, four of which are open to the public, and...