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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

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Surviving Culture Shock

¿Estás Ama‎ñada? It’s a question I’ve been asked countless times while in Colombia.

‘Ama‎ñada’ is essentially a very local way of saying ‘settled in’ – and finally, when I smile and nod enthusiastically in response, I am being completely honest.

Because I really struggled with settling into my placement city when I first got here. Continue reading “Surviving Culture Shock”

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Hey, why take the nearby stairs if you could just slide down the rock, smoothed by countless bums before you?
Hey, why take the nearby stairs if you could just slide down the rock, smoothed by countless bums before you?

Trekking the Colca Canyon independently: tips

In June 2014 I set off from Arequipa with a Dutch guy I’d met in my hostel, ready to tackle the Colca Canyon without being on a tour group. On the bus on the way over we met a British girl who was planning the same-ish trip, and we joined forces to become a little group of three, ready to take on this beast of a canyon. I’m not sure why we were so determined to not go with a tour but I’m very happy we did – in this series of posts I give a quick explanation of why it’s worth doing independently, some tips and practical advice, and a guide to doing the same route yourself.

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Trekking the Colca Canyon independently: how?

In June 2014 I set off from Arequipa with a Dutch guy I’d met in my hostel, ready to tackle the Colca Canyon without being on a tour group. On the bus on the way over we met a British girl who was planning the same-ish trip, and we joined forces to become a little group of three, ready to take on this beast of a canyon. I’m not sure why we were so determined to not go with a tour but I’m very happy we did – in this series of posts I give a quick explanation of why it’s worth doing independently, some tips and practical advice, and a guide to doing the same route yourself.

Continue reading “Trekking the Colca Canyon independently: how?”

8 reasons for doing the Inca Jungle trek rather than the class Inca trail

Machu Picchu. It’s on so many bucket lists, and most people imagine themselves conquering it via the classic 4-day Inca trail. But there are other, very exciting ways to get to MP – here I put the case forward for the Jungle trek. So, why should you consider it?

Continue reading “8 reasons for doing the Inca Jungle trek rather than the class Inca trail”

Trekking the Colca Canyon independently: why?

In June 2014 I set off from Arequipa with a Dutch guy I’d met in my hostel, ready to tackle the Colca Canyon without being on a tour group. On the bus on the way over we met a British girl who was planning the same-ish trip, and we joined forces to become a little group of three, ready to take on this beast of a canyon. I’m not sure why we were so determined to not go with a tour but I’m very happy we did – in this series of posts I give a quick explanation of why it’s worth doing independently, some tips and practical advice, and a guide to doing the same route yourself.

Continue reading “Trekking the Colca Canyon independently: why?”

7 reasons to love Arequipa

Arequipa, a beautiful city in southern Peru, is known across the land as ‘the white city’ – although whether this reflects the fact that its cathedral and many of the colonial-era buildings shine out brightly in the high-altitude sunshine, or because colonialism brought so many Europeans to this bustling hub that the population is considerably more ‘white’ than the rest of Peru – is more contentious!

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Thoughts from a reluctant Full Moon Party-goer

My name is Maija, and I went to a Full Moon party on Koh Phangan. Not just any old full moon party, but the reaaaally massive one held on New Year’s Eve. 

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Interrailing Eastern Europe: why the interrail pass is a waste of money

A few years ago I set off with a bunch of school friends and a vague ‘interrailing’ plan: we were going to fly into Ljubljana, Slovenia, and then out of Athens, Greece, about 8 weeks later. We knew that along the way we wanted some beach time (hello Croatia) and some culture, plus a whole lot of good food, cheap beer, and fun adventures.

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