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Taking a bite out of the Big Apple

by Ollie Barstow on 16 December 2013, 12:12PM Taking a bite out of the Big Apple Nose pressed up against the glass, offering my best Charlie Bucket impression as the eyes widen and my sweet tooth twitches at the fantastic culinary creations before me, I finally come to a difficult decision… Much to the relief of the growing queue of people stacking up behind me.Challenged by the allure of the most deliciously elaborate looking cakes my stomach has ever rumbled in the presence of, I conclude that I couldn’t possibly leave New York without a giant slice of baked cheesecake having passed my lips.  It’s an excellent choice, swiftly disappearing before my partner has even had a chance to wrestle with the same quandary and return with his selection.In fact, this has been a recurring theme throughout my week in New York. Wherever you go the choices are...
One night in Kuala Lumpur

One night in Kuala Lumpur

…and the world’s your oyster’ goes the hit song from the musical ‘Chess’. Well, almost…Before musical connoisseurs implore me to check my facts, I am fully aware the correct title is ‘One Night in Bangkok’, but my sentiment remains intact. Indeed, Kuala Lumpur (KL between friends) shares much in common with its south-east Asian counterpart, both ci...
by Ollie Barstow on 29 October 2012, 16:10PM



Take an activity trip with Travelbag

Take an activity trip with Travelbag

The High LifeIt takes a very special man to break the speed of sound armed only with a spacesuit, a can of his favourite energy drink and perhaps a prayer or two, but Felix Baumgartner is undoubtedly such a man.In case you missed it, Felix literally jumped into the record books by completing the highest freefall in history and just a quick glance at the statistics –128,100ft (24 miles) above...
by Ollie Barstow on 18 October 2012, 09:10AM



Sri Lanka Stimulating the Senses

Sri Lanka Stimulating the Senses

A fiery sunset dips beneath the emerald hills of Sri Lanka's central mountainous region, the breathtaking peacefulness interrupted only by the distant gargle of tuk-tuks, the chant of prayer and animals chattering to one another. The distinctive summer smell of bonfire wafts across windless skies to create an eerie mist that paints the hills milky in the impending dusk. At this moment, my sense...
by Ollie Barstow on 19 April 2012, 11:04AM



Vietnam's Best Beaches

Vietnam's Best Beaches

For a long time Vietnam’s fabulous beaches were something of a hidden secret, a knowing wink between those fortunate enough to have discovered something akin to its more famous south-east Asian counterpart Thailand, albeit without the reputation, the crowds and the vigorous tourist development.However, with great quality comes eventual notoriety and the secret is out about Vietnam, its splen...
by Ollie Barstow on 23 February 2012, 16:02PM



Melbourne- a Jewel in Australia's Crown

Melbourne- a Jewel in Australia's Crown

While Sydney has its landmarks and icons, Melbourne’s attractions are less superficial, its developed cultural scene establishing the city as Australia’s home for excellence in art, music, cuisine, nightlife, fashion and design, while festivals celebrating anything and everything are a frequent occurrence, all contributing to a strong reason why you should include Melbourne on any holi...
by Ollie Barstow on 23 February 2012, 15:02PM



Culinary Toronto

Culinary Toronto

The World in One CityI have a rule when travelling. Just one. A simple rule that can help me gain a greater impression of a city than just glancing at its most famous landmark or interacting with its people – and that rule is to eat!OK, so I really don’t need much encouragement to put fork to mouth, even before you consider its necessity in one’s life, but to me eating out in ano...
by Ollie Barstow on 16 February 2012, 13:02PM



Adventure in Auckland

Adventure in Auckland

There is nothing like an adrenaline rush to get your mind racing at a ferocious rate of knots… And leaning over to nervously glance at the 190 metre plunge beneath my toes is enough to send my brain into frenzy. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on where you stand on extreme sports), the rush is such that there are so many thoughts in my head – probably numerous questions as t...
by Ollie Barstow on 14 February 2012, 15:02PM



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