UN, DOS, TRES DAYS IN MEXICO CITY

A word of warning: When you arrive in this vibrant, frenetic and somewhat frightening place, any sinking feeling you may have has nothing to do with the singularly unhelpful airport staff – it’s a real thing. As is happening in Venice, Bangkok, Houston and Shanghai, some of Mexico City’s magnificent buildings, broad avenues, countless statues and seemingly rolling hills of “favela”-type ramshackle housing are actually sinking.

There is no better illustration of this than the iconic Angel of Independence monument which, after collapsing during construction in 1906, was re-built with extra-deep and super-solid foundations. This means that as buildings sink…
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UN, DOS, TRES DAYS IN MEXICO CITY

Mexico: More than just tacos and tequila…

When the Ambassador of Mexico Mauricio Escanero, said “Ven a comer” (“Come and share our food”), I took it as a personal invitation to visit his beautiful country.

He was actually welcoming guests to a dinner at which Jorge Vallejo – chef of world-renowned Quintonil in Mexico City – was cooking with SA’s own Luke Dale-Roberts as part of a collaboration between our two countries. The innovative use of ant larvae and escamoles piqued my interest and, after all, Mexican cuisine has been given Unesco World Heritage status.

A few weeks later, the mother of Mexican cooking, Abigail Mendoza Ruiz, an…
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Mexico: More than just tacos and tequila…

Travelling the world with Mmanaka Kelobonye

Originally from Atteridgeville, west of Tshwane, and now based in Johannesburg, actuarial specialist Mmanaka Kelobonye’s wanderlust has taken her to distant lands, with her passport looking like a traveller’s dream destination list. When she isn’t developing products in the life insurance sector or sharing her experiences on her site, mmanaka.com, she’s investing in life experiences in places such as the Bahamas, Spain and Burundi to name a few. Below is what she shared about her love for travel.

When did you discover your wanderlust and where has it taken you?

I’ve been a sucker for adventure since childhood. I can’t say at what point…
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Travelling the world with Mmanaka Kelobonye

5 unfamiliar rules of etiquette to observe in some popular destinations

Each country has its traditions, cultures and customary practices – experiencing these customs is generally why people travel. In some countries, however, there are practices that may be unusual to foreigners, but are mandatory or at least need to be acknowledged to avoid offending the locals.

Here are some of the more unfamiliar customs to observe in five popular travel destinations across the globe.

India

Indian people consider the right hand unclean, so make sure to share anything or eat with your left hand only. Using your right hand is largely considered offensive by conservative Indians.

Singapore

In Singapore, it’s customary to remove your…
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5 unfamiliar rules of etiquette to observe in some popular destinations

Airbnb offers free accommodation to refugees following Trump’s travel ban

Following President Donald Trump’s implementation of travel restrictions to seven predominately Muslim countries in what he cites as a stand against terrori, Airbnb has spoken out strongly against the ban and offered free accommodation to refugees affected.

Brian Chesky, Co-founder and CEO of Airbnb went onto Twitter condemning the policy that was officially announced at the Pentagon ceremony on 27 January 2017. Chesky is one of the many voices that made up the backlash that Trump’s administration has received since the ban’s enforcement, which will see the temporary suspension of immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

“Not allowing countries or refugees into America is…
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Airbnb offers free accommodation to refugees following Trump’s travel ban

Middle East & African Countries banned by Trump

US President Donald Trump is due to sign off executive orders that will ban travellers from the Mideast and Africa intending on travelling to the United States to seek refuge, deeming them a terror risk. This is said to be in conjunction with the planned suspension of the US refugee programme.

This has raised obvious concerns for families and friends across the three continents, with those at home not being able to visit or join those in the US, while those already in the US may not be able to re-enter the country should they leave.

Amongst the list of countries affected…
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Middle East & African Countries banned by Trump