The Wandering Dropout

After trying really hard to find something useful to be good at, it looks like my calling in life is to travel and eat


July 2015

43 days: The Goodbyes Start and the Excitement Builds

All of a sudden shit has got real. The flights that I booked for around 7 months in the future are now just 5 weeks away. My visa has been sorted. The slow shedding of belongings to (hopefully) loving homes is well on its way. The goodbyes have started – first in Bristol, and soon in Finland – and the unsettling questions from incredulous friends and family have begun in earnest. 

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Highlights of Northern Peru: Discovering Kuelap

Machu Picchu is great. No really – I absolutely loved it. But there are a lot of other ruins in Peru, and lots of them are just as exciting to explore and discover as the famous MP. If you find yourself in Northern Peru – somewhere near the delightfully-named Chachapoyas would be really convenient – then I would definitely recommend a trip to the fortress of Kuelap, which dates back to the 6th century.

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Mountain climbing for dummies: Day 2 of Huayna Potosi

To read up on the first day of my adventure/nightmare climbing Huayna Potosi, please start with this post here! All done? Please go on..

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Mountain climbing for dummies: Day 1 of Huayna Potosi

So there I was in La Paz – the highest capital city in the world – looking for an adventure to fill the couple of days I had before I needed to be in Santa Cruz. I’d done the salt flats, had spent about a week exploring La Paz and felt like I needed to do something big and different – something that I couldn’t do elsewhere.

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Selling plantain chips to the oyibos

When I worked in Nigeria these girls would come to the oyibo’s office every day to sell dried plantain chips outside our window. Oyibo means ‘white person’, and was called out at us everywhere we went which took some getting used to.

Hot, hazy stillness on the Amazon river

We spent days moving from water to stilted house, not rushing anywhere, cutting through the mirror-like river on our noisy canoe and lazily trying to spot dolphins

A final resting place with a view..

Wandering around Guane, Colombia, we stumbled upon this remote, peaceful cemetery that overlooked the valley below – it was the most beautiful place to sit and remember loved ones that I could imagine.
This gorgeous walkway passes through an ages-old cemetery, where squirrels and picnickers share space with gravestones and tombs.

Is it a horse.. Is it a donkey..?

Nope, it’s a cow face. Complete with grinning teeth. We stumbled upon them in the market in Cusco, Peru, and just had to know what they were – apparently they’re mostly used for soups.

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