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Madrid (coming home)

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Madrid (coming home)

It’s midday in Spain and we’re laughing hysterically.  Nothing funny has happened but for us it’s not midday – it’s, umm, well we’re not sure what time it is for us. We’ve just flown from Chile to Columbia, then after a 7 hour stopover in the airport, from Columbia to Madrid. We’re on our way home after 6 months of travelling and jet lag has gotten the better of us. We’ve a 7 hour stopover in Madrid too, but unlike in Columbia, we’re allowed out of the airport to paint the town red… or fall asleep on it. Read the rest of this entry

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South America – The extra bits

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South America – The extra bits

We’ve shown a fair few videos of South America now; the food, the Inca Trail, the Colca Canyon trek etc, but we’ve done so much that not everything can have its own video. This video shows loads – from various treks in Peru, horse riding in Bolivia and Argentina, dinosaur tracks, bus boats, carnival and dodgy showers in Bolivia, sand boarding in chile and the Uros floating islands in Peru. There’s even a shot of me hijacking a boat whilst the real ‘captain’ wasn’t looking…. Read the rest of this entry

Sozzled bike riding in Argentina!

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Sozzled bike riding in Argentina!

Bike riding through the vineyards of Maipu sounds a lot more glamorous and sophisticated than drunkly gasping for breath whilst trying to stay on a bike, but honestly both apply to wine tasting in Maipu.

And I think this video show that quite well. The scenery, the elegant first few glasses, the drunken scream for steak and the fishy ramblings of a madman. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry

The beauty that is South East Bolivia – The Uyuni salt flats tour

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The beauty that is South East Bolivia – The Uyuni salt flats tour

The south east of Bolivia is probably the most beautiful natural place I’ve ever seen. It seemed like every two minutes the scenery changed to another stunning vast landscape. From volcanoes to pink lakes, from geysers to the largest salt flats in the world, it’s all breathtaking. So here I try to sum up just some of the hugely diverse landscapes we experienced, all to one of the best Metallica songs of all time! Read the rest of this entry

Look what we won!

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Look what we won!

Same same (but different) travel blog has been given an award! And we’re touched. Thank you Claire (or truetravelings) for nominating us. It couldn’t come at a more fitting time either as we’re at the stage of the blog where we near the end of our travels.

Chile was going to be our last stop and we were planning on teaching English as a foreign language there. By way of work that is. We weren’t just going to find people on the street and start teaching them English… That wouldn’t work. How would we explain to them what we were doing?! Read the rest of this entry

Beautiful Bolivia (and why we’re sad we have to leave)

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Beautiful Bolivia (and why we’re sad we have to leave)

Leaving Bolivia would have made us both very sad if it wasn’t for the route we were going to take… The Uyuni salt flats tour. We were excited about the tour because it looked beautiful and diverse. But then that pretty much sums up Bolivia. In the two weeks we spent in the country we visited the highest navigable lake in the world, the Amazon rainforest, a capital city high up in an Andean mountain, cowboy country and a desert. ‘Diverse’ doesn’t do it justice.

And Bolivia’s hasn’t only stood out to us for its landscapes, it’s a land full of beautiful contradictions and obscurities that leave you baffled… but smiling. The people for starters are some of the most positive and optimistic people I’ve ever met. It’s well known around South America, and indeed the world, that Bolivia is by no means a rich country. In fact it’s the poorest country in the whole of the continent. But you’d never guess it to meet the locals.  Read the rest of this entry

Getting lost in Copacabana

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Getting lost in Copacabana

For those of you who’ve been to Copacabana, the title of this post will be unbelievable. It’s a tiny town set beside Lake Titicaca that’s filled with restaurants and busses. It’s quaint.

But somehow we managed to get lost… or rather we managed to lose a restaurant. Read the rest of this entry

Leaving Peru in style

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Leaving Peru in style

When the time came to leave Peru I was sad. I’d experienced a friendly and interesting culture, learnt a lot about nature and the Peruvian way of life and seen some of the best scenery I’ve ever come across. Peru is mountainous, tasty, hard work and relaxing all at the same time, and quite frankly we didn’t want to leave.

If we had to go though (which we did) we wanted to soak up the last of our time there by doing something quintessentially Peruvian. The only problem was that we didn’t know what that was. Gemma wasn’t keen on my suggestion to wear ponchos and become llama shepherds, although admittedly I was suggesting it more as a life choice than a last goodbye to Peru. So what to do… Read the rest of this entry

When things start to slip…

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When things start to slip…

When you’re travelling it’s important to stay organised. It’s not like real life. It’s like hard work.

I know that might sound ridiculous. It sounds ridiculous to me too. But it’s true, travelling requires you to be more on the ball than you ever need to be at home because one little slip can lead to a landslide of errors.

We should know. After three months on the road, we started to let things slide. We stopped planning ahead and we stopped checking important dates and times. Read the rest of this entry