Category Archives: culture

Wine tasting by bicycle in Mendoza

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Wine tasting by bicycle in Mendoza

On Tim’s first rtw adventure four years ago, he went wine tasting by bike in New Zealand. From the moment he told me about it, I have dreamt of doing the same. So we couldn’t resist a quick trip into Argentina to sample the delights it has to offer.

We found a nice hostel on the outskirts of town, big double room with private bathroom and TV. Reasonably priced and with breakfast included, we thought it was worth the extra effort of getting into town. And having seen the town, I think we were right. Not that it isn’t a nice town, it is. But it’s not a patch on its surroundings and as we planned to cook for ourselves, the suburbs were perfect – especially as it was so close to the bus station which gets you to Mr Hugo’s to rent bikes. Read the rest of this entry

Eating Bolivia and Chile

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Eating Bolivia and Chile

The amount of times I’ve watched ‘I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here’ I tell you. Twice, I think. And boy what times I had! Celebrities climbing over things, jumping out of planes and sleeping in a jungle. And everytime I watched someone complain I got frustrated! I would love to climb over things, jump out of planes and sleep in the jungle!

But then I’d watch them eat witchedygrubs. And then I’d find myself less jealous… 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

A little taste of England (Valparaiso, Chile)

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A little taste of England (Valparaiso, Chile)

Sometimes when I describe a place on this blog I can sound quite pompous. It’s true, I’m reminiscent of a young Charles Dickens… See, I’ve done it again. I shouldn’t use words like reminiscent, and I certainly shouldn’t compare myself to Charles Dickens. Anyway, from what we’d heard about Valparaiso, this blog seemed likely to come across rather grandiose.  

We’d heard that Valparaiso is unique, beautiful and that it offers opportunities to write stuff like ‘the waves rush rapidly over golden sands quite unexpected from small time seaside towns such as this Chilean gem’. God I couldn’t wait to get there and start writing. Read the rest of this entry

The perfect setting to propose… (if you like spiders and the dark)

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The perfect setting to propose… (if you like spiders and the dark)

Well in the Amazon we were pretty busy, what with proposing and all. But in our spare time (the time not spent swooning and being all romantic) we filmed this video of stick insects, monkeys and spiders… lovely romantic spiders. Read the rest of this entry

Gemma’s spot (or trekking the Colca Canyon)

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Gemma’s spot (or trekking the Colca Canyon)

I really wanted to document our trek of the Colca Canyon like a grown up. But Gemma had a spot, and I had a camera.

I’m such a child… 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

Let’s take a minute…

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Let’s take a minute…

Riverkids NGO charity deserves a minute of your time. Maybe even 3 and a half minutes.

Which is why I’ve decided to shorten the video I made for them from 5 minutes to 3 and a half for those of you on a time budget. All I ask is that you use the extra minute and a half finding out how to volunteer, how to donate, or simply learning about their plight here: http://www.riverkidsproject.org/ Read the rest of this entry