Lima, or the one where I am too tired from bus journeys to do much more than a photoblog

The journey from Ecuador to Peru was a bit of an arduous one, but we were definitely feeling ready for a change of country. From Cuenca we took a day bus to Loja, where we spent the night in what seemed like hospital beds in the interestingly named ‘Residences Londres’ (no similarity to London noticed … More Lima, or the one where I am too tired from bus journeys to do much more than a photoblog

Cuenca, or the one where I pretend to be a solo traveller

In some ways Cuenca was the most ordinary experience I’ve had on my travels. Because it was so everyday, I’ve put off writing about it. It seemed that I couldn’t really say anything interesting about it because it was really just a week in a pretty ordinary (if nice) colonial city, in which I had … More Cuenca, or the one where I pretend to be a solo traveller

Quilatoa, Baños and Riobamba, or the one with some quick recaps of various outings

I’ve neglected writing this for a little while so it’s not going to be too in depth. It’s mainly going to cover three places which I visited with varying levels of ‘success’, whatever that means: crater lake Quilatoa, touristy but pretty Baños, and cloudy Riobamba. This kind of goes from high point to low point… … More Quilatoa, Baños and Riobamba, or the one with some quick recaps of various outings

The Galapagos islands, or the one with all the wildlife pictures

10th -15th Feb 2016 I can’t believe I’m getting to write a post about the Galapagos. Just a couple of weeks before we went it was a definite no, no matter how much I wanted to go. It’s known to be expensive even to get to, let alone when you are there, and just wasn’t … More The Galapagos islands, or the one with all the wildlife pictures

San Agustin and the journey to Ecuador, or the one where I talk fear, discomfort, and exhaustion

30th Jan – 3rd Feb 2016 Don’t be fooled by the title, this is a positive blog post I promise. Fear, discomfort, and exhaustion are all things which are not uncommon occurrences in the budget backpacker lifestyle, but in varying amounts and to varying ends. It’s not been unusual this trip to be scared of … More San Agustin and the journey to Ecuador, or the one where I talk fear, discomfort, and exhaustion

Bogotá and Salento, or the one where we play with pickaxes and throw stones at gunpowder

18th-25th January 2016 Travelling in big cities is so different from travelling in smaller towns; it is probably one of the things which most makes this trip feel so varied. In the time covered by this post, we went to the absolutely enormous Bogotá (almost 8 million inhabitants) to the much smaller Salento which, although … More Bogotá and Salento, or the one where we play with pickaxes and throw stones at gunpowder

Medellin, or the one with art all over the place

10 -17th January 2016 Why am I travelling? I’ve had a lot of time to think about this question. The bus journey to Medellin from Santa Marta was 16 bumpy, sleepless, overnight hours long, and then afterwards from Medellin to Bogota was another 10. These hours, plus plenty more in previous journeys, lying around in … More Medellin, or the one with art all over the place

Santa Marta, or the one where I have some thoughts about group travel

So I don’t really know what this blog post is going to be. Mainly ramble inspired by my time in Santa Marta (coloured a bit by my current thoughts in Medellin which I’ll write more about another time), interspersed with a few pictures and probably plenty more of my usual ‘what we did’ blah. Since … More Santa Marta, or the one where I have some thoughts about group travel