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

Why is Travel Insurance Important?

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It’s time for the next guest blog on Same Same (but different). A word from our sponsors if you will.  Here they explain why travel insurance is important. Whilst skiing in New Zealand I jumped (fell) off a ski lift like James Bond (an idiot). I didn’t have insurance, I had to make do with a hot chocolate. Anyway, I was lucky it wasn’t worse. Here’s what Thomas Cook have to say about it…

If you’re going on holiday, one of the most important things you need to organise as part of your trip is travel insurance. Whether you opt for an independent insurance or book it through a tour operator, such as Thomas Cook Insurance, it’s not compulsory, but aside from actually booking your holiday or taking your passport with you, it’s a pretty essential part of going away. 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

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

Ring shopping in Santiago

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Ring shopping in Santiago

As most of you know WE’RE ENGAGED! Yes that’s right, engaged and it is very exciting indeed. But at present my finger is naked, Tim bought me a beautiful proposal ring in Cusco (whilst I was suffering from the Altitude Sickness) but it is too big for my ring finger so is firmly placed on my fattest finger (this is still not fat enough to keep the one-size-fits-all ring on my finger, some sales people are unscrupulous). At the time of engagement, Tim promised me another ring – a proper engagement one.

Now a huge part of me thought ‘don’t be silly’. The ring I have is extremely pretty, a silver band with a pearl flower, and could easily be resized. But the girl in me just couldn’t say no to more jewellery so we began our search in Santiago. Read the rest of this entry

Making Gemma proud…

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Making Gemma proud…

            “Gemma!” I shouted, looking around for her “Gemma, look I can do it! I’m going really fast!” I couldn’t see her but I knew that if she was watching she’d be proud of me. Even though a few minutes earlier she’d been telling me that being good at sand boarding isn’t about going fast, it’s about having control of the board. I knew she was wrong, and I think deep down so did she. And now I was proving it by going really fast… I probably looked a bit like James Bond. Read the rest of this entry

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

When we started the Inca Trail we were so keen to film the whole thing. We were chatty, excited and full of beans, even though Gemma was suffering with the after affects of altitude sickness. Then we all got sick, the trek got harder and our skin became dirtier. I feel the video reflects this nicely… 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