Steve McKenna

Freelance travel writer and photographer

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My horriblest border entry? It was in North America - but it wasn't the USA...

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)




After seeing this disturbing article (about a Dutch traveller being refused entry into the USA), I s...

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Food, glorious food - a dinner date in steak heaven

Posted on October 15, 2013 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (1)



In one of my last blogs, several months ago (sorry, I've been busy), I wrote about how travel wasn't all about seeing spectacular sights. It was about people and how some of the characters you meet will long stay in the memory. But travel, to me - and probably most of you - also means food.


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Cali, Colombia - it all turned out 'muy bien' in the world salsa capital

Posted on May 1, 2012 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (1)



The bubbly Colombian looks familiar. As she welcomes us into her salon, one of my friends whispers: “Queen Latifah”.


We nod our heads in agreement as this larger-than-life figure...

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In slight defence of Luis Suarez - by an Everton fan. A blog about fry-ups, footy, racist slurs and cultural differences...

Posted on April 27, 2012 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)



It almost pains me to say this as an Everton fan. But I really quite like Luis Suarez. As a player, anyway.


I was hoping Norwich would thrash Liverpool this weekend, because a win for the Canaries would've kept Everton five points ahead of their ...

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Hong Kong feeding frenzy - part two. Result = toilet humour aplenty

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (1)



The maitre d' is nowhere to be seen when we arrive at the lobby. Instead, we're greeted by the sight of a mother taking a photograph of her daughter, who is proudly sporting a giant brown curled-up spongy object on her head.


When they see us, they look faint...

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Hong Kong feeding frenzy - part one. Result = toilet trips aplenty

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)



From the doorway, Lin Heung Tea House looks like complete and utter chaos - a sparsely decorated den of buzzing conversation and cluttering pots, pans and dishes, a place where old fans swing and hum from the ceilings and where metal trolleys clunk noisily through the aisles.


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Why I quite enjoyed Laos' party town/backpacker hellhole

Posted on April 8, 2012 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Being over 30, and struck by a growing intolerance of late nights, loud music and people who use the word 'party' as a verb, I was pretty sure I'd hate Vang Vieng.


Young backpackers head to this tiny town in central Laos for day-time high-jinks on the Nam S...

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Chilling in the eye of a storm....

Posted on January 18, 2012 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

 


It's a little unsettling when the country you're travelling through becomes the focus of rabid, doom-mongering media coverage.


Halfway through a trip across Central America, I arrived in Honduras after its president, Jose Manuel Zelaya, was overthrown in a military coup, s...

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Was it the caffeine talking?

Posted on May 26, 2011 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (1)

I just spent an hour sheltering from the drizzly air of a nondescript suburb of Greater Manchester, making the most of the free wi-fi access you get when you buy a drink in a Costa Coffee. My flat white was pretty decent – though not a patch on the ones I used to get from the independent cafe joints in Sydney and Melbourne when ...

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So you're a travel writer, eh?

Posted on December 16, 2010 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (4)


NB: I initially wrote this ...

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