I usually hate travel lists and particularly repetitive “top 6 things to do etc.” but everyone else writes about it so here’s my bit…
1. Sunset at Casapueblo, URUGUAY:
Sunset at Casapueblo is phenomenal. It was recommended to me while moving around the south coast of Uruguay. I would recommend getting a bus from Punta Del Este (a decent seaside resort to stay in!) out to Punta Ballena and walking the 2 kilometres or so down to the coast itself. There you will find the glorious Casapueblo! An exquisite, self designed, artistic seafront building which is also an art museum. Pay to get inside, walk around and then about an hour or so before sunset, get yourself a balcony seat by the bar. You can order beer and food and watch the sun go down. If you want to watch it for free, you could go to a nearby lookout spot of course, but being at Casapueblo for sunset is just incredible. My pick for sure!!!
2. Sunset at Bruny Island, Tasmania, AUSTRALIA:
3. Sunset at Boscombe in Bournemouth, ENGLAND:
4. Sunset from The Fortress in Danxiashan, Guangdong, CHINA:
5. Sunset on Kenting Beach in TAIWAN:
I love Taiwan. My trip there in 2009 sparked off a new lease of adventure for me and I have fond memories of it, none more so than having a beer on Kenting beach on the south coast as the sun was going down. Myself and my travel buddy went in for a swim in the splendid waters before getting a glimpse of how the hottest sphere we know about disappears for the evening!
6. Sunset at Lam Tin in HONG KONG:
It wasn’t intentional to put Asia on this list three times but Hong Kong has to be on it. With a vast array of skyscrapers, mountains and constant traffic flow, this city allows the freedom to enjoy sunset in a more relaxed way if you’re up for it. Head over to Lam Tin in the east of Kowloon where you can see the sunset to the west and get a spectacular view of Hong Kong Island. Bliss.
So there you have it – 6 odd but spectacular locations you can watch the hottest sphere in existence head away for the night. Don’t you just love sunsets…
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Soweto is an incredible township and I have to say – head there and see it!! Not only is it one of the most famous townships in South Africa but it has a lot of history and more importantly things to see and do. Top 5s are difficult but I’m going to try! I’ve had to narrow it down but here goes…
1. Stay with a local Sowetan family:
A highlight from my travels round Soweto was staying with a local family in Orlando East. I stayed with Rachel and her son and daughter. They made me welcome and it was a small but cosy house. At night they just sit at home and cook and watch TV – almost back to basics existence but a great experience and if you get the chance to do it – go for it!!
2. Go Inside Nelson Mandela’s House:
I have to say that a visit to Nelson Mandela’s former house in Vilakazi Street is a must. Don’t miss it! Nowadays his former home has been turned into an excellent mini museum,open to the public. It is just incredible to step inside the house where Mandela once lived. There are quotes on the walls on bricks in the courtyard, photos inside and the house is small. It’s amazing that this man changed the world. Get this on your list!
3. Visit a Shebeen:
You cannot visit Soweto without heading into a Shebeen! These local bars where people mingle to drink and chat are an essential part of the culture. You will get to meet and chat to the locals, enjoy a few beers with them and get to understand a bit more about life in Soweto. The beer you will get is pinky in colour and not strong at all – you will share it communally. Get in there and chat to the locals. I loved it and you will too!
4. Bicycle Tours in Soweto:
Another top thing to do in Soweto is a bicycle tour – it means you can get to places not easily covered on foot or in a car. You can visit different parts of the township on the same day and meet locals. Soweto Backpackers have a recommended bicycle tour which is also listed in a lot of travel books and sites. You’ll also have a tour guide who explains everything to you at points on your cycle through this historic township.
5. Hector Pieterson Museum:
The Hector Pieterson Museum is highly recommended to get into the history of Soweto and in particular the Soweto Uprising of 1976. A museum and well maintained streets and tributes now sits where Hector Pieterson was once shot dead. It’s a real eye opener. Definitely in my top 5 things to do in Soweto!
So head to Soweto and understand the history of this cultured township. These are my top 5 for you!
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I’m very well qualified to bring you this post today, as I spent six years living in the English seaside town of Bournemouth. While my time in Bournemouth came to an abrupt but needed end in 2009, my memories of the town and its suburbs will linger forever. Rather than bore anyone out there with personal stuff in Bournemouth, this is MY top 5 things to do in Bournemouth – I hope it provides some decent tips for all visitors to Bournemouth, a town which is embedded into my heart…this post has been coming for about 10 years now so it finally sees the light of day.
1. Bournemouth Beach
The main attraction of Bournemouth is the epic coastline and of course Bournemouth is graced with splendid beaches. There are so many different beaches too so it suits all types of travellers. There are beaches to relax, beaches to party, beaches to watch sunset and just beaches! Check out Boscombe beach, Southbourne beach and even Alum Chine. The coastline is wide and varied. The beaches have won awards for their cleanliness too.
2. Bournemouth Pub Crawl
Bournemouth is littered with an incredible range of bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants! It makes it an absolutely ideal and amazing place for pub crawls. Start on the Christchurch Road and walk your way down to the square visiting as many drinking establishments as you can. The summers are the best time with beer gardens galore and loads of happy people out partying!
3. The Famous Wave Balloon
Everybody in Bournemouth knows what the “Wave Balloon” is and you should head there in the summer for epic views of the south coast of England. Situated in Bournemouth’s summer gardens, this is unmissable in summer months as it rears itself into the sky. It’s a hot air balloon near the seafront. It’s attached by a huge cord and is as safe as it is popular. Expect queues, but expect good views!
4. Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum
This is actually quite untouristy and unknown even by Bournemouth standards but it is unique and totally worth a visit. Mixing Italian, Scottish and Japanese influences this serves as your art experience in the popular seaside town. Best of all it won’t be too busy and has a view over the beach!
5. Live Football: AFC Bournemouth
Dean Court stadium which is also known as the Goldstands is home to the local football team AFC Bournemouth. They attract good crowds, especially in the summer months and offer a great value for money standard of football. The Cherries are a great team to watch.
The Cherries are a great family friendly club and the stadium also holds regular events so it’s worth checking out while you’re in Bournemouth.
Getting to Bournemouth
Trains and buses run from London and the trip will only take 2 – 3 hours, so it’s easily reachable if you’re based in the capital for your travels. Take a Megabus if you want to save cash!
Bournemouth also has its own international airport which is worth checking out for flight schedules.
I’ve written tons and tons about Bournemouth before and will do again, but don’t want to overload or make things cliches, this is more for those of you who haven’t been there yet. I’d argue if you only ever visit England once, head to Bournemouth (throw in a day trip to Salisbury or Stonehenge though too!).