Umbrella tree in Tsavo West

A Stunning Kenyan Safari, Part II: Tsavo West

“Humbling” was the word used by a fellow traveller to describe the day’s safari when we met at the Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge at the edge of Kenya’s Tsavo West National Park, and humbling it certainly was. When your head is sticking out of the top of a jeep, bumping along a barely-there track at…

Elephants at a Tsavo East watering hole

A Stunning Kenyan Safari, Part I: Tsavo East

The first thing I noticed was the sky. It seemed bigger, somehow, than the sky at home: an enormous, endless expanse, blue and white and bright, watching over the rusty-red earth and dusty scrubland that makes up Tsavo East, Kenya’s largest reservation.  Love of the wide open Kenyan landscape would turn out to be a…

London Skyline

Falling in Love with London

There had been similar situations before, but this time was different.  This time I fell hard and fast, head over heels. I was in love.  I was eight years old, and I was immediately, hopelessly, in love with London. I loved the buildings, stretching into the sky; I still remember craning my neck to try…

Eleanor Nicolson - HebCelt 14

HebCelt 2014: Festival Fun on the Streets of Stornoway

The Hebridean Celtic Festival is a lot of things.  It’s nostalgia, remembering revelry with friends throughout the years.   It’s an excuse for islanders to have a great big party – you’ll always find a familiar face, whether squashed in front of the stage or in the queue for a cider.  It’s a showcase of local…

Old port doors, Mombasa

An Afternoon Exploring Mombasa

  Mombasa was full of life.  You could almost feel it pulsing: chaotic, messy, loud, and exuberant.  Whether it was the clamour of tuk tuk horns and calls to prayer, or the whiff of warm, raw meat mingling with curry powder, Mombasa made itself known. Colour caught my attention among the damp, dilapidated old buildings…