Running in Iceland

Another obvious place to go for a run, after my explorations by foot in Iran, Tasmania and Georgia. No issues with overheating here, more with the local wildlife… Reykjavik A great place to run around, with a decent footpath along the waterfront and wide, clean pavements throughout the city. I headed past the iconic Hallgrimskirkja…

Running in Iran

An added bonus of travel is running in new and random places, far more motivating than treading the same routes at home. Iran was more running friendly than I expected, with surprisingly complete pavements and few wild dogs (a hazard I found running in Georgia, Argentina, and SE Asia). First thing in the morning was…

Running in Tasmania

One of the highlights of travel to me is running in new places. It makes the running much more interesting, and is a great way to see more of a place in a short amount of time. I found some great opportunities during my week in Tasmania. Mt Nelson, Hobart 12km The big viewpoint in…

Running in Georgia

Despite the July heat (30C+) and humidity (Singaporean) I managed to run most days in Georgia, exploring new areas and trying, possibly in vain, to counteract the typical Georgia diet, heavy in cheese, eggs and bread. Tbilisi was my favourite running spot, had the greatest variety of things to see, and flat / hilly /…

Best of Wellington (part two)

Thought I’d already covered the best of Wellington but every time I visit (usually four times a year) I continue to find new and interesting things to see and do. The hundredth anniversary of Gallipoli in particular is responsible for some must see exhibitions worth making the trip for. Size of Our War Exhibition The…

Further afield – Brisbane

Doesn’t have the best reputation but I was pleasantly surprised by Brisbane. They’ve done an excellent job turning an unpromising site by a languid brown river into a very liveable and attractive city. Doesn’t have a huge number of must see sights but there is plenty to fill a weekend. Queensland Cultural Centre, South Bank…

Ten cool things to do in New Zealand

Canyoning Pretty awesome. Make your way from the top to the bottom of a canyon by jumping, abseiling, sliding, zip lining, floating and wading. I’ve done it near Queenstown, Wanaka and Piha, all fab. Best done in summer as spending time in stream water can be chilly. Hard to beat sliding on your back head…