what I love about Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy was a Kingdom founded in the 15th century, where the Sinhalese Kings in Ceylon fought the Portuguese Empire, and when it wasn't looking so good, called out to the Dutch for help. And then the Dutch took over for a bit, so nobody really won that one. Thereafter the Kandyan Wars (not to belittle history but could they not have named this the Kandy Wars?) were fought between the Kingdom of Kandy (such a win of a name) and the British in 1796. So the Brits won, and there ended 2,357 years of Sinhalese independence.

Latin-American inspired in Bali: Barbacoa

Barbacoa is in Jalan Petitenget, which isn't too far from Seminyak where we usually stay, about a 10 - 15 minute cab ride. The food here is Latin American inspired, with tacos, BBQ suckling pig and a fascination with roast and grill. The loft style dining area is spacious, beautifully tiled and complemented with dark wood beams. If you choose an outdoor table you get a view of their private rice terrace to enjoy sunset cocktails with.

bulky homeware goods we've carried back from Bali

"Things we don't need", we mumbled to ourselves as we scoured every inch of the store, fingers brushing every vase, woven basket, brass pineapple, ornate headdress or wooden statue. But Shawn and I love dressing up our home with items we've bought from around the world. We're nothing if not determined, and we've dragged everything from South African carvings to cat trees from Bangkok back home without additional shipping.

48 hours in Zurich

Zurich is one of those cities where the old meets the new, and I feel the old city most exemplifies the essence of Zurich. It's unforgivingly modern, but its innovation and grungy grassroots all roll into an unmistakable charm. I always like to start out first in the old city, get the sights in and from there open up to the newer parts of the city.

5 things I'd do differently next time I'm in Beirut

One of the first things that strike you when you step off the plane and out of the airport in Beirut is the number of armed UN soldiers stationed outside of it. Then, as your senses begin to acclimatise, you notice the yelling. The roaring of taxi drivers to each other, to others, with a constant tussle for passengers and their right to whatever they happen to be doing. It's chaos, within a system. It's chaos that is a way of life.