Suffering ‘the darrell’ of travel

Every tour group has a “darrell”. You know, the one who complains the loudest and most often. And wears socks and sandals.¬†The darrell is always holding up the group, lagging behind, late to arrive.

images (1)The darrell knows more than everyone else, especially the tour guide. ¬†Despite looking wanky, the darrell has the hat smothered in pins and patches, and the luggage covered in stickers and stamps¬†from destinations all over the world. This septuagenarian has been everywhere. That must have been expensive, if paying full fare…
Continue reading

Argentina, from beautiful Buenos Aires to the glaciers of Patagonia

Perito Moreno Glacier from my room at Los NotrosThis is another piece I published in Escape, and is worth republishing because the appeal of Argentina is timeless:

A LOUD “crack” grabs everybody’s attention. Fortunately, my digital camera is turned on so I whip it up as I scan the horizon. Gasps of surprise come from those around me as fingers start pointing to a huge chunk of ice slowly plunging into the opaque water, accompanied by a steady “boom”.

Continue reading