Life is in the detail

For a truly authentic flamenco experience in Seville, head to Casa Anselma in the gypsy quarter. Enjoy watching traditional flamenco performed by locals to live music, safe in the knowledge that you'll be the only tourists there.

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Jessica Higgs

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Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • See the Northern Lights - the first thing I ever put on my bucket list
  • Take a road trip through Europe in a vintage car - eating and drinking my way around
  • See the Mayan, Incan and Aztec ruins in Mexico and Peru - I'm a bit of a history geek
  • Go on a riding safari in the Okavango Delta - a combination of so many of my favourite things

Best Moments

  • Summiting Kilimanjaro. Having spent most of the summit night stumbling onwards (remaining upright while stationary became particularly challenging) and thinking I was surrounded by little gremlins (altitude sickness is weird), reaching the top in time for sunrise was one of the most rewarding things I've ever done.
  • Bungee jumping in New Zealand. I resolutely did not want to do this but pitifully succumbed to peer pressure... and I'm so glad I did!
  • My favourite place: the beach at Refugio De Vida Silvestre La Flor (rehash.lowdown.kooks - for all you What3Words fans) on the west coast of Nicaragua where I watched turtles lay their eggs in the small hours of the morning. Having schlepped through the jungle to reach the remote coastline as night fell, we spent most of the night gazing up at the stars and listening to the ocean roll in onto the shore, before the turtles rocked up and did their thing... absolutely amazing.

Toughest Travel Moment

  • Having to make the decision to send my friend back down Kilimanjaro half way through our climb because she wasn't well enough to continue

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • Sharing a bag of deep-fried insects with a local guy on a bus in Laos while he rested his head on my shoulder and we watched a movie on my iPod.

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