Bogota, Quito, Lima, La Paz; these big South American cities are usually seen from the taxi to and from the airport. Most travellers spend little time in them generally because of high crime rates, chaotic traffic and dirty streets, and I too only spent a couple of days in each until I landed in Nuestra … Continue reading Our Lady of Peace aka La Paz
The indigenous people believe that the sun was created on Lake Titicaca and and you could definitely feel the strength of its rays on the largest high altitude lake in the world at 3808m. Lake Titicaca straddles the border of Peru and Bolivia and is now the main crossing point for backpackers between the two … Continue reading The birthplace of the sun
Riding a horse around the Colombian highlands seemed to be an obligatory experience in Colombia. It felt very authentic when we jumped on some horses without helmets and were told to only hold the reins with one hand with the other one resting on your leg. Forget about everything you learned at Pony Club, this … Continue reading The ‘special’ tour in Colombia
I wasn't originally planning on going to Colombia but when I sat down with a travel agent in England to book a flight from Europe to Ecuador to start my South American leg the lady said, "You have to go to Colombia. You're going to Colombia!" and so I walked out with a ticket to … Continue reading Hiking to the Lost City
Visit Palestine is a popular souvenir poster that you can buy everywhere in the Old City of Jerusalem but it's not really something considered seriously by most tourists. The Israeli-Palestinian issue has been such an ongoing conflict that a lot of people don't really take a second to look beyond the images they see on … Continue reading Visit Palestine
I love mountains. Out of any kind of landscape, mountains stun me the most. In fact, out of all the sights you can see in a country I am often drawn to the mountains. And of all the mountains I've ever seen the Simien Mountains have been some of the most amazing. I had read … Continue reading My mounting obsession
I stepped away from the tours, the cities and the constant moving around and spent two weeks living in a rural village outside of Nairobi with a Maasai family and volunteering in a local primary school. It was a small village called Kimuka about one hour from Nairobi, the closest town being Ngong which was … Continue reading Welcome to Maasai land!