The big trip: skiing in Morocco

It’s early morning in the snow-topped mountain town of Oukaïmeden and business is decidedly slow. It seems Celia, my skiing buddy, and I are a little late for a winter sports break in Morocco. Today there’s more sun than snow, so we’ve taken the chairlift – Africa’s highest – to the 10,688ft peak of Jebel Attar to recce the runs.


Anyone for Gowalla? Well, not me, actually

Travel View: Independent on Sunday, 22 May 2011

“Gowalla!” said a friend of mine. “It’ll be fun.” This wasn’t an African greeting but an attempt by a techie to get me enthused about location-based social media apps. Halt the collective yawning and knitting of brows and bear with me.

The rise of these GPS-powered “games” like Foursquare, Gowalla and Facebook Places has lately moved beyond something that teenagers and geeks do to show off about where they are, what they’re doing, and who they’re doing it with, to become a traveller’s tool.

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