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Café Culture; Coffee the Social Habit

“My blood group is exceedingly common C 8H10N4O2….found in every coffee cup” Adventures are great, exploring a new destination is amazing, browsing a souk or market fascinating these are some of the reasons we travel. However just relaxing is equally rewarding. Café culture is one of my favourite ‘chill out’ pastimes when visiting a new or even familiar destination. Regardless …

Aboriginal Tourism; The Art of Indigenous Culture

It’s unlikely I’ll ever be accused of being a culture vulture but indigenous culture and aboriginal arts has always been fascinating to me. The term aboriginal tourism has become one of the buzz phrases of the modern travel era. “How many countries a person visits is of little interest but the number of cultures experienced is” Along with responsible tourism …

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day – Shenanigans & Shamrocks

What is it about St. Patrick’s Day that for at least one day of the year every man/woman and their dog needs to demonstrate their Irishness? It does not matter how tenuous the link to the Emerald Isle or how deeply the green spandex is buried in the drawer it will be dragged out for this one day. Part of …

Cultural Immersion – Local Cuisine & Global Shame

I was extremely dismayed this morning to read an article which highlighted the sad story of  elephants poaching in Thailand. This may not seem big news, poaching for ivory is nothing new but the difference this time; they are being slaughtered for the dinner table. ” Some believe that eating these organs can enhance sexual prowess” Elephants are already on …

A Triple Merry Christmas – European Markets

This year provided a special opportunity to celebrate Christmas not just once but three times. I really enjoy spending time at the markets and visiting Manchester, Lucerne and Cologne in the space of a few weeks provided ample opportunity for some festive spirit and even more glühwein. The visit to Manchester has already been posted on this site and although …

‘Tempting’ Eyes of Saudi women – A Culture of Discrimination?

Thanks to a highly respected source posting on social media site Twitter, a shocking story of discrimination against women in Saudi Arabia has surfaced. There is a possibility they may require to cover their eyes in future, and this seems worthy of  comment. Apparently Saudi women with ‘attractive’ eyes may in future be required to cover them up; the reason …

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The Culture of Coffee

It may come as a surprise to most of you to discover that I occasionally enjoy a cup of java and that one of my favourite aromas is that of freshly ground and brewed coffee. It seems appropriate that a post dedicated to the object of my desire should make an appearance. Coffee; Good enough for goats Allegedly discovered by …