Hidden Scottish Gems

Hidden Scottish Gems

Reminiscing about wandering through the medieval ruins of Inchmahome Priory.

Capture Cultura is an homage to places around the world that I have been too and fallen in love with for so many reasons. And while this site only touches the tip of an iceberg of countries and cultures I hope to explore in the future, for now these travels are on pause as travel restrictions remain a part of life with Covid-19.

Increasingly, I am drawn to my memories of Scotland. When I ventured to Scotland, I was in my early twenties and the country has always been close to my heart. Perhaps it is the wild and rugged countryside or my Scottish heritage, but going to Scotland felt like a homecoming of sorts.

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#Vanlife: Chapter Two

#Vanlife: Chapter Two

Taking-in the Stunning Sand Dunes at Woodside Beach.

After soaking up the gentle morning sunshine and incredible views of Wilsons Promontory National Park, cradling my coffee from the Tidal River Visitor Centre after a less-than peaceful night, I trepidatiously stepped back into Hilda’s boat-like interior. My boyfriend, Alejandro, and my first jaunt into Vanlife had not gone all together too smoothly… but he was keen to get going and prove the events from yesterday wrong.

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Domestic Workers in Hong Kong Make the City’s Streets Their Own

Domestic Workers in Hong Kong Make the City’s Streets Their Own

On Sundays, thousands of women flock together in Hong Kong’s Central district to create a community during their day of rest.

What strikes me most about Hong Kong is its population. Life in this city is like a layered cake, with shops, restaurants and living spaces crammed on top of each other in towering skyscrapers. Space is a rare commodity, with the average apartment being large enough to hold a sleeping space, hot plate and a bathroom that marries the square footage reserved for a toilet and shower.

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#Vanlife: Chapter One

#Vanlife: Chapter One

 Spending the first night in the van off-the-grid at Wilsons Prom.

My eyes are blinded by tears. Happy tears, sad tears. Tears caused by gratitude for the family I found working as a part-time waitress at a café in Melbourne’s suburb of St. Kilda, and tears caused by knowing that a chapter in my life had come to a most definite close.

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What to Do in Gibraltar

What to Do in Gibraltar

How to spend a day in the Gateway to the Mediterranean.

Waters shifting from azure and turquoise to sky blue and cerulean will lap against golden and tan shores as your ferry pulls up to Gibraltar. Beyond the sea, your eyes will be greeted by the shining metropolis of sand and rust buildings climbing up white and green cliffs to the peninsula’s crowning monument — the Rock.

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Streetscapes: Queen Victoria Market

Streetscapes: Queen Victoria Market

An offbeat glimpse of the city’s oldest market place.

To describe the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne, Australia, as “sprawling” is an understatement. At a whopping seven-hectares, this iconic landmark is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere — and it does not disappoint.

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Saving Bali’s Sea Turtles

Saving Bali’s Sea Turtles

A local organization is fighting for one of the ocean’s very precious creatures.

Bali’s beaches are, in a word, beautiful. Stretches of white sand hug gently rolling waves where children splash playfully. Colourful boats bob amicably as the tide gently rolls in and out. Closely bordering the beach are restaurants and hotels packed shoulder-to-shoulder as far as the eye can see. Every so often, the sands peppered with beach towels and recliners are broken up by a circle of posts surrounded with blue plastic cordoning off a portion of the beach.

These informal blockades are protecting a very important part of Bali’s ecosystem — its sea turtles.

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Built on the Business of Boats

Built on the Business of Boats

Hội An’s economic climb and fall as an affluent sea port froze its architecture in time.

It’s easy to imagine Hội An as it would have been in the 16th century. As a bustling stop along the Silk Road — known then as Hai Pho, or, “seaside town” — the city’s winding streets bedecked with colourful lanterns would have been filled with travellers from across the seven seas.

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