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Buenos Aires

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By Katrina Whitehead in Cool Travel on Friday 13 March 2009

Since the bottom fell out of the Argentine peso in 2001, Buenos Aires has gone from being one of the most unaffordable destinations in the world, to one of the most accessible. With stunning European style, an addictive Latino vibe, and steaks that will tempt even the most committed of vegetarians, it’s easy to see […]

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Belize’s Rasta Zoo

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By Katrina Whitehead in Cool Travel on Thursday 12 March 2009

While the Belizean Islands are some of the most beautiful and tranquil in the world, Belize City is one of those uninspiring places that most people travel in and out of very quickly. However, if you do find yourself stranded there, as I did, the city does have one redeeming attraction. Approximately twenty kilometres west […]

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Nin’s Bin, Kaikoura, New Zealand

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By Katrina Whitehead in Cool Travel on Thursday 12 February 2009

Eating fresh crayfish is an institution in New Zealand, and it doesn’t get much better or fresher than from Nin’s Bin, roughly 20km north of Kaikoura on the east coast of the South Island. Since 1977, local fishermen have been delivering their daily catch to the back of this humble roadside caravan, where it’s boiled […]

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Parque El Desafio, Gaiman, Argentina

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By Katrina Whitehead in Cool Travel on Tuesday 10 February 2009

In the south of Argentina, there’s a small town with an intriguing name and a proud history. Like most of Patagonia, Gaiman was settled by the Welsh and today, most of the locals still have cottage gardens and serve high-tea at 3pm. However, the best bit about Gaiman is unquestionably the eccentric outdoor art gallery, Parque El Desafio. The elderly owner originally built the garden to inspire his grandchildren, and everything is made from recycled or reincarnated rubbish — mostly tin cans and plastic bottles. Highlights include a mini Taj Mahal, a rainbow canopy made from flower-shaped plastic, and the wonderfully satirical and biting commentary.

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Sleeping in a Hobbit House, Cappadocia, Turkey

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By Katrina Whitehead in Cool Travel on Saturday 7 February 2009

While I’m definitely not into the whole Lord of the Rings thing, I’m convinced Tolkien stole his inspiration from Göreme, in Turkey’s central Cappadocia region. After a mammoth volcanic eruption around 2,000 years ago, the landscape eroded to form a series of valleys, filled with peculiar, phallic-shaped tufts that the locals call ‘fairy chimneys’. Early […]

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Behind Castro’s Carribean Curtain, La Habana, Cuba

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By Katrina Whitehead in Cool Travel on Friday 6 February 2009

There’s no place in the world like Cuba’s colourful and crumbling capital. Riddled with contradictions, it’s a foodie’s worst nightmare and a photographer’s paradise. People really do dance in the streets, drive 1950s Chevvies, and smoke big, fat cigars. However, it’s all set to change. In December last year, while Cuba celebrated the fiftieth anniversary […]

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Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

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By Katrina Whitehead in Cool Travel on Thursday 5 February 2009

Of all the weird places the world has to offer, the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia has to be one of the coolest. Literally. At 3,700m above sea level, it’s the biggest and highest salt flat in the world, where after dark, temperatures can drop to minus 40 degrees celsius. The best way to explore the salt flat is to hire a 4WD and driver from the Uyuni township. En route, you can even stay at a Salt Hotel, where everything is, quite literally, made from salt: the chairs, beds, tables and even the walls. There’s no heating and the beds aren’t exactly ‘plush’, but it’s worth every salty second.

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