Experience

Stop gawping for a while and learn to live the city instead! In these “Experience” features we send our intrepid journalists to investigate everything from funky festivals and fiestas, bizarre traditions and original / alternative tours. See what they got up to… maybe you’d like to do the same?

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What to do when Allah gives you sand? Plough over it in a 4×4, hitch a ride on a camel and try your hand at surfing dunes… Ben Rhodes goes on desert safari in Dubai. As I teetered at the top of the dune in the blistering desert heat, head…

Famous for its sun, sea and sand dunes, The Canary Island’s Gran Canaria boasts another renowned attraction in the form of a (rather brightly coloured) submarine. Sasha Arms goes rolling in the deep… I’ll admit it: my imagination went slightly into overdrive when I was invited to travel to the…

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Graffiti = art? Richard Tulloch is a little sceptical, but that doesn’t stop him taking a spray-painted tour of New York’s infamous Brooklyn district. Will he be converted? Unless it’s a Banksy, when I see graffiti sprayed on public walls I assume I’m in an area where a community has…

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America’s famously freaky and free-spirited festival in the Black Rock Desert is a rite of passage for many, who make the pilgrimmage from all over the world to attend. We send our correspondent Ben Rhodes to see if it lives up to the hype. Imagine a place where there is no concept of…

Korea Town, Angels Flight, the Mexican historic zone and a resurgent Financial District, full of bars and restaurants, are just some of the alternative attractions of LA… you just need to buy a ticket for the subway, says Vince Robbins. Whether you’re travelling to Tokyo, Mount Everest, or the moon,…