Local Knowledge

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These posts are about the local people we meet, with insider tips we gather from locals, Q&As with locals, as well as great local spots and hidden gems we discover.

African Safari Tips

African Safari Tips

I had read so much advice on safaris before coming to the Masai Mara – when to go, what to wear, what to take, what to do, etc. However, some of it was conflicting. Nearly everything I read said to wear camouflage safari clothes to...
A Local Guide to the Cape Town Music Scene

A Local Guide to the Cape Town Music Scene

We’d heard a lot about South African music before coming to Cape Town and were eager to experience as much of Cape Town music as we could, so much so that Terence even signed up for a drumming workshop! We were particularly keen to see...
A Local Guide to Cape Town

A Local Guide to Cape Town

Sabelo Maku is a man with a big smile and a heart equally as large. He’s a guy with the kind of warmth, generosity of spirit and openness that you want in a tour guide. He’s the kind of person who epitomises the African concept...
A Local Guide to Buenos Aires

A Local Guide to Buenos Aires

People often ask us how we meet people when we travel and how we make local connections. We use a wide variety of strategies, which we wrote about in this post Meeting Locals, from connecting with people online via their blogs (which is how we met the...
Local Knowledge: Manoela from Rio de Janeiro

Local Knowledge: Manoela from Rio de Janeiro

We meet locals in many different ways when we travel. Sometimes the people we connect with are friends of friends, sometimes we meet them in restaurants or bars, occasionally we meet them through the owners of the places we’re staying, and at other times we...
The Gangs of San Miguel de Allende

The Gangs of San Miguel de Allende

I discovered the satirical blog The Gangs of San Miguel de Allende by Richard Lander* while doing research on the town. It was the first blog that had made me laugh out loud in a long time. It was hilarious but it especially resonated because we...
Local Knowledge: Fernando from Mexico City

Local Knowledge: Fernando from Mexico City

It was on the Zócalo, the main square of Mexico City, that we met Fernando Revilla on our first trip to Mexico City (gulp) some years ago. We’d been watching, and Terence was photographing, a riotous demonstration by university students on the square. Terence had been getting...
A Local Guide to the Austin Film Scene

A Local Guide to the Austin Film Scene

Austin is known as the USA’s live music capital but this arty, laidback city also has a flourishing film scene. In fact, for film-types like myself, it was an indie movie, Richard Linklater‘s Slacker, about a day in the life of 20-something Austin Gen X-ers, that put the...
Austin Live Music Scene 101 with Dan Dyer and Suzanna Choffel

Austin Live Music Scene 101 with Dan Dyer and Suzanna Choffel

We introduced you to Austin musician Suzanna Choffel who shared her local tips and insider secrets for our Local Knowledge series. Now meet the amazingly soulful singer, hirsute and hunky Dan Dyer. These guys aren’t just friends, they also share a stage with their well-received side-project,...