Author: Dagney McKinney

45 Harrowing Books About the Titanic

45 Harrowing Books About the Titanic, several book covers with title

Just before midnight on 14 April 1912, the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage, struck an iceberg in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and within 3 hours she had completely floundered (filled with water and sank). Because she had been deemed “the unsinkable ship” she was fitted with only a fraction of the required […]

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Terror on the Seas: Captivating Books About Shipwrecks

Read these captivating and captivating books about shipwrecks

I’ve been somewhat obsessed with reading books about shipwrecks for almost my entire life. I don’t know where this fascination came from, but I’m guessing it has something to do with the film The Poseidon Adventure, which is still one of my all time favourite films, and a film I rewatched a lot as a small child. Yeah, I was that weirdo[…]

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19 Fantastic & Unique Things to do in Gijón, Spain

Metal sculptures shaped to show the name Gijón in Gijón Spain

One of the most unexpected places we went last year was Gijón, Spain (called Xixon locally). It turns out that this fairly unknown (to foreigners) city is absolutely teeming with fascinating things to do, cute cafes and interesting sculptures. And, of course, even a bit of dark tourism. In December 2019, despairing at the election […]

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Eye-Opening Books About Racism from Around the World

Eye-Opening Books About Racism from Around the World

It is an uncomfortable reality that if you are white, you most probably, even if in only a small way, have made a person of colour feel unsafe, unwelcome or less than. This does not mean an outright racist remark or action. I’m also talking about small micro-aggressions, tone-deaf remarks and a general lack of awareness of your privilege. You may not be aware of it, you may have forgotten about it, you may not have meant it that way, but you have more than likely done it[…]

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The Best Dark History Podcasts for Dark Tourists

The Best Dark History Podcats for Dark Tourists

As a dark tourist I am a big fan of dark history podcasts. But, I really struggle to find quality podcasts around dark topics that aren’t about true crime and serial killers. Don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of true crime podcasts, but sometimes I just want to learn more about another macabre aspect of history[…]

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2019 COTAs: A Year in Review

Photos of: Phlegm Street Art, Cat, Salaspils

Yup, it’s nearly February and we’re finally publishing our first post of 2020… and yes, it is a review of 2019. But since our 2018 year end review (i.e. the COTAs) was so popular and fun to write, we didn’t want to skip it this year! First off, the elephant in the room: where the […]

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