Getting to San Juan del Sur from Costa Rica

getting to san juan del sur from costa rica

This post about getting to San Juan del Sur from Costa Rica is part of my First Time Around The World Series (my very first set of posts, way back when) which you can read in this section here. The longest journey ever lay ahead: Getting rom San Juan del Sur to Costa Rica I hit Central … Read more

Santa Teresa Beach Life in Costa Rica

Santa Teresa Beach Sunset

Getting to Santa Teresa Beach from San Jose The day didn’t start well. In addition to the 4am wake-up, I ended up at the wrong bus station. I knew that I had to get there early to join the rabble-come-queue for the ludicrously popular Saturday morning bus to Santa Teresa. (Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica). So, when it … 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 (my very first set of posts, way back when) which you can read in this section here. Having completed a 10-day stint at a Vipassana Meditation Centre I thought I would share this particular experience … Read more

Sick at A Hammock Hostel in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

It was a day of travel pain. I was hungover and I was sick. My rucksack felt like it had been packed with sand and my legs wobbled as I started what promised to be a long day. I was on the move again – Panama to Costa Rica. It was all booked, tickets paid … Read more

Bocas Bound: Peace, Tranquillity and a Porn Bar

All I wanted was a beach that wasn’t littered with a million other British sun worshippers elbowing each other for a sun towel sized patch of sand. And I found it in Bocas Del Toro. An archipelago of islands of the north east coast of Panama, the islands truly feel like paradise lost. Palm trees … Read more

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 … 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 … Read more

Quick & Easy Brazilian Caipirinha Recipe

Brazilian Caipirinha Recipe

Back when I was a lawyer, before I became a travel, food and drink writer, hosting cocktail nights was one of my favourite ways to pass the weekend. The more elaborate the cocktail, the better. Then I took a round the world trip, which included months in South America, where I met Brazil’s national cocktail … 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. … 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