The beep of a car’s horn indicated my ride had arrived. Having booked a paragliding trip through my hostel I had no idea what the company itself would be like. I was hoping at the very least that safety would be a top priority. After all, when you’re floating high above the ground you want to be sure you’re securely strapped in! The minibus waiting for me wasn’t so reassuring. It was quite old, but it was when I got in, sat back and the seat-back collapsed that I had to laugh. Hopefully they take better care of their equipment than they do their vehicles!
In central Perth a unique and unmistakable tower of glass and copper rises majestically above the Swan River. This modern landmark is home to the time-honoured tradition of change ringing. A recent visit gave me the opportunity to become a bell-ringer myself.
In the old town of Quito, Ecuador’s capital, is a cathedral unlike any other I have ever visited. La Basílica del Voto Nacional combines an appreciation for religious architecture with an almost adventure sport activity that will chill to the bone anybody with the slightest phobia of heights. I had read up on La Basílica before visiting, so I thought I knew what to expect, but it was so much worse. My minor fear of heights together with a worry about the seemingly non-existent Ecuadorian health and safety regulations, created an extremely nerve-wracking experience.
Fremantle Prison is Western Australia’s only UNESCO World Heritage listed building. Built using convict labour in the 1850s, the prison was in use up until 1991. That means you may be lucky enough to be given a tour by a former guard or even to be joined by a former prisoner. I was given an extremely informative and entertaining tour through the maze of courtyards and cells by guide Matthew, giving an insight into prisoners’ lives within Fremantle Prison.
I’m a big fan of breakfast. It has the power to make or break the rest of your day. Generally, it has to be something different from other meals. I don’t understand the bread, cheese and cold cuts of continental Europe, that’s lunch! I wasn’t impressed in China when I went down for breakfast in a hotel to be presented with rice. Neither was I pleased in India when a hotel provided chips for breakfast. (Not sure what they were thinking?!) But less of the bad and more of the good. Here are my favourite breakfasts from around the world.