Earth Lodge Antigua: An Avocado Farm in Guatemala

Earth Lodge Antigua

This post about Earth Lodge Antigua, an avocado farm in Guatemala is part of my First Time Around The World Series… I was toying with a festive theme for this post given the proximity of Christmas but I suspect everyone is nearly up to their ears with the one day event that is celebrated for four months … Read more

Isla De Ometepe: My Barefoot Volcano Hike

  This post about Isla de Ometepe is part of my First Time Around The World series… Isla de Ometepe is very simply an island comprised of two conical volcanos looming out of Lake Nicaragua. What else was there to do on the island but to climb them (or at least one of them)? It was … Read more

My 10 Day Vipassana Meditation Retreat Experience

This post about taking a 10-day meditation retreat in India is part of my First Time Around The World Series… Having completed a 10-day stint at a Vipassana Meditation Centre I thought I would share this particular experience while the memory is still very raw…I mean fresh in my mind. Before I got to India, … Read more

Water, Water Everywhere: A Trip to The Pantanal, Brazil

With an ever so slight tequila hangover I set out on what would prove to be a long journey to the Pantanal. After 14 hours by overnight bus (‘Philip’ my bus buddy encroaching on my personal space for most of it, though at least he had the courtesy to introduce himself first before stretching his … Read more

Flat out: Visiting The Bolivian Salt Flats

Recharging in La Paz…kind of After my Intrepid tour ended I holed up in Loki (hostel in La Paz) for a few days to recharge and catch up with myself. The potential problem was that Loki was so inviting I was at risk of never leaving. The rooms were less than a fiver a night, … Read more

The Equator, Quito: Journey to the Centre of the Earth

The first thing I noticed about Quito is that none of the seat belts work in the taxis. But that is the least of your worries. You might think the biggest concern would be the recent politicial situation but despite the national state of emergency declared just days before we travelled, it all seems to … Read more

A Decadent Way To Travel: From Barcelona to Rome by Boat

Ferry from Barcelona to Rome

Last night I boarded the Grimaldi Barcelona to Rome ferry which leaves from the port at the end of La Rambla in Barcelona heading to Civitavecchia, a place about 45 minutes outside Rome. When I say ferry, really I mean a small crusie (think I’ve picked up the last leg of a holiday cruise which, … Read more