Category Archives: Travel

I went to the most radioactive place on earth, and survived

By Keith Pereña

As I write this, I’m looking at my boots as they touch the floor of my home here in Dubai. Not long ago, these boots treaded the irradiated grounds inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and I walked in them through the town of Pripyat. While of course, I joke around with my friends and dare them to touch the boots, the truth is that Chernobyl is not really the horror destination it’s made out to be.

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Aged 12, I was on to Rommel, cowboy tales and then some

By Harveena Herr

This column started out with me thinking about the one novel that took my breath away — Ragtime — and about the particular skill of the author to intertwine slices of history with fiction. The author, EL Doctorow, was described by some, as someone who put the ‘story’ into history. I have no idea how I chanced upon his book but I found it difficult to put down. Ragtime is a form of music that predates jazz and its liberal introduction of new themes serves to surprise, and so it is with the book. You go careening through themes and meet characters like Harry Houdini, Henry Ford and JP Morgan. Light plays a role in the book, as does Scott Joplin who was a master of ragtime. Continue reading Aged 12, I was on to Rommel, cowboy tales and then some

One way to spend a day is to pick berries in Helsinki

By Deepa Narwani

Seeing a city “like a local” may sound like a cliché, but it’s also to some extent a valid goal, as I found out on a recent trip to Finland’s capital Helsinki. The metropolis is a tourist’s delight. It boasts of stunning monuments. From the imposing architecture of the Helsinki Cathedral that harks back to the city’s time under Russian rule, to its bustling Market Square, home to a traditional market selling foods and treats, as well as handicrafts. But it was while striking up conversations with locals at restaurants and train stations and asking them ‘Where do you go?’ or ‘What’s your favourite activity?’ that I found out the more fascinating aspects of life in Helsinki. Continue reading One way to spend a day is to pick berries in Helsinki

This woman’s 24 and has visited 25 countries in 2 years. Jealous?

By Kelly Clarke

Imagine the scenario. You’re alone in a foreign country. It’s the middle of the night and you’re stranded on an island in a fog-dense forest. There’s not a soul in sight. Now what would you do? My answer: fingers in ears, eyes squeezed shut, rock back and forth in fear, wait desperately for morning to break. But for Nada Al Nahdi, it wasn’t a case of imagine; it was real-life. Continue reading This woman’s 24 and has visited 25 countries in 2 years. Jealous?