Savoir There World Food Awards 2013

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Africa, Americas, Asia, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Continents, Food, Opinion, Photo Journeys, South Korea, Thailand, The Gambia, Wales, Whistler, Worldwide Vacation

Keeping food simple in Siem Reap

Keeping food simple in Siem Reap

As the year drew to a close I found myself writing a post recapping my favourite travel memories of 2013 and I learned a couple of things about myself in the process – firstly that many of my favourite moments of the year involve nature and animals, and secondly that when I’m not looking for an animal-related activity, I’m basically eating.

So to celebrate and commemorate all the fantastic food that I’ve enjoyed in the last 12 months I decided to hold my own mini world food awards based on all the places I’ve travelled to and eaten in during 2013. No golden envelopes or teary speeches here, just a list of my best eats of 2013…

My 8 Essential Travel Memories of 2013 – And What They’ve Taught Me For 2014

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Canada, Continents, Holland, News, Opinion, The Gambia, Wales, Whistler, Worldwide Vacation

Gambia

Stroking a croc – one of my year’s most memorable travel moments

It’s been quite a year for me and my travels; I wrote about the best bits of the financial year in an earlier post: How To Do An End Of Year Tax Assessment Travel Blogger Style – so I decided to round up my top travel memories from the rest of 2013. They are…

Things Are Looking Up: 4 Places I’ve Truly Seen The Stars

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Africa, Alberta, Americas, Canada, Continents, Egypt, Europe, Italy, The Gambia, Worldwide Vacation

Aurora Borealis at Jasper Dark Sky Festival 2012 at Pyramid Island, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Aurora Borealis at Jasper Dark Sky Festival, Alberta, Canada by Yuichi Takasaka

If ever there was a time to call to mind a Hamlet soliloquy, I’d say mid-stargaze is that time.

Which of us doesn’t seek out beautiful night skies on our trips? Man by nature is in love with ‘this most excellent canopy the air…this brave over hanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire…this congregation of vapours.’

Yet ‘what a piece of work is a man’ indeed; the irony is that as light pollution prevents us from seeing the wonders of the night sky, we must go where men are not in order to truly see the stars.

Here are the four places I’ve ventured this year where man is wonderfully outnumbered by the stars in the sky…

In Photos – A Portrait of The Gambia

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Africa, The Gambia

Gambia photography

This Islamic school was very happy to see some Western visitors

Of all the places in which I’ve travelled no destination has made me wish harder for the invention of the eyeball-implanted camera as The Gambia. Nearly every street scene, vendor, vehicle, market stall and school child has you reaching excitedly for your lens. Here are a selection of my favourite portraits of the Gambian people I encountered on my travels…

How I Became A Forest Chump

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Africa, Continents, The Gambia

Mandina Lodges

No trees were harmed in the taking of this photo. But my pride sure was.

Remember when Britney Spears married backing dancer Kevin Federline and the tabloids nicknamed the wannabe rapper who wooed the pop star and her millions ‘Kevin Fed-Her-A-Line’?

Well, I’m channeling Britney circa 2004 whilst in The Gambia and being fed plenty of lines during my trip, mainly from the omnipresent ‘bumsters’ – smooth-talking local lads who hang around the beaches befriending female tourists.

But despite their best efforts the most memorable line I’m fed all week turns out to be rather more literal than ‘hey beautiful lady, you’re one in a million.’…