Sikkim: travelling where nature smiles

After dismissing the northwest of India because of the cold and snow at this time of year, I decided to explore the northeast instead. It wasn’t just the slightly better weather that appealed to me though, it was also the fact that it is the most underexplored area in India and government restrictions on foreign…

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My favourite photos from South America 2015

Top ten photos from my trip in South America in 2015

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The “mountain that eats men”

Colonialism has left a bad mark on many countries in the world and Bolivia is no exception. It was subjected to harsh Spanish rule, like most of the continent, from 1545 until 1825. Bolivia became Spain’s most valuable possession in South America as silver was discovered in the Cerro Rico (rich hill) in Potosi. They…

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Santa Cruz Trek

Before you roll your eyes and think “another trek?!”, be aware that this was the last one for the time being! Just to prove again how much I love hiking, I turned around and went back to the north of Peru again and spent 24 hours on a bus to get to a city called…

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Searching for the Holy Grail

If you look at the ground I covered in Petra it certainly looks like I was searching for the Holy Grail but I’ll try not to mention Indiana Jones too much because the locals prefer not to associate Petra with that movie. In fact my hostel owner said if we put the movie on he’d…

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Lalibela, Africa’s ‘New Jerusalem’

When travellers think of Ethiopia they think of Lalibela. Those rock-hewn churches are the iconic images of Ethiopian tourism, but the pictures don’t do it justice. Lalibela is an incredibly moving place. It’s a very small town high up in the jagged, rocky mountains that characterise much of Ethiopia’s landscape. It’s dusty, dry, poor and…

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My mounting obsession

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…

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Tanzania’s (big) little hill

I called Kilimanjaro “just a little hill” to myself in the weeks leading up to my climb just so I didn’t freak out too much. In the days before I even started to wonder why the hell I had decided to do it in the first place. I’d done no acclimatisation and only a little…

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