Panama City Where the Rum is Cheap and the Boys Are Pretty

I’ve been writing this Panama Blog for so long, I’m over it! It has become a mental block, a bad excuse for not blogging. So, I’m taking decisive action, and all the better for your computer weary eyes…  Panama in a nutshell  Inspiration for visiting? It wasn’t the Canal, the sky scraping buildings or even the super malls (and they are ‘super’!). It was two hot men that live only in my fantasies, and, I’ve no doubt, the fantasies of every other girl who has sat through five seasons of Prison Break. Yes, the ending was a complete con (remind … Read more

Water, Water Everywhere: A Trip to The Pantanal in 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 legs and arms across me), five hours by minivan, and an hour by jeep, I finally arrived at the Brazilian wetlands. I am borderline (read: completely) embarrassed to admit that I was inspired to visit this far flung corner of Brazil after reading a John … Read more

Sweet Jesus: Buenos Aires’ Religious Theme Park

Leaving behind the cold British Winter, I landed back in Buenos Aires with its 33 degree heat. I was staying with friends who had rented an apartment in the city and at risk of falling from one bottle of wine to another, we decided to search for an activity to distract us from the Malbec. All credit goes to Louise for finding Tierra Santa. The Lonely Planet guide describes it as a religious theme park, which claims to be a World’s first. You might wonder why no one has thought of this before?! Activity determined, off we trekked, in search … 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, perfectly clean and safe. The toilets were western, had seats, flushed, didn’t stink (most of the time), came with loo roll and…wait for it…soap. Add to this a cool bar on site that served cheap booze and all manner of comfort food – chips and … 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 have been a storm in a tea cup – when the BBC were showing images of tanks on the streets, the army forces had long moved on, any remaining presence of armed guards being the norm. As I said, this is not an issue. The … Read more

How To Take The Ferry From Barcelona to Rome

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, for the price is not bad going). I’m currently sat in the lounge on deck 10 listening to relaxing Spanish (or Italian – can anyone really tell the difference) ballads as the expanse of the Mediterranean twinkles as far as the eye can see. Poetic, … Read more

Indiana Jo’s First Blog Posts – Throwback To 2010

As I prepare to sell my home and once again take to the road for an unknown length of time, I can’t help feeling like I’ve come full circle. It’s 2019 and I’ve just written about my path back to the digital nomad life. All going well, I’ll be homeless at the beginning of September, which just happens to be a full 9 years since I found myself in the same place before. Then, I was a lawyer, reeling from a failed marriage. This time I’m no longer a lawyer, but I am reeling – from bereavement and grief. Two … Read more