Going to market: the sights, sounds, and smells of an Andean marketplace

I don't usually post creative writing pieces on this blog but I thought I'd put one up and see how I feel about mixing different types of travel-related content. The following piece is a fictional passage that evokes the experience of passing through a South American market: The smell repulsed her. The acrid odour of freshly butchered … Continue reading Going to market: the sights, sounds, and smells of an Andean marketplace

Lake Titicaca: soothing the scars of a lost sea

The 23rd March marks the Day of the Sea in Bolivia. As a landlocked country it might seem a bit strange to celebrate a sea that doesn't exist, but there is actually a long history behind Bolivia and the sea, and so, in honour of Bolivia's Día del Mar, I thought I'd post an old article I … Continue reading Lake Titicaca: soothing the scars of a lost sea

Why the Bolivian Amazon deserves some love

It’s been about five months since I went to the Bolivian Amazon and I just never got around to writing about it, even though it was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I think this is because I wasn’t sure if I could write about it in a way that would do it … Continue reading Why the Bolivian Amazon deserves some love

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

This is a photo of an anaconda nesting inside of a tree trunk in the Santa Rosa National Park, Bolivia. As part of the three-day tour I took in the Bolivian Amazon in October, we went searching for anacondas in the swampland. It was a pretty nerve-wracking experience as you have to be on the … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Trials, tribulations, and tragedy at the Carnaval de Oruro

The first weekend of March marked Carnaval this year and, in Bolivia, the biggest celebration takes place in the city of Oruro. While I would usually tell people to avoid Oruro as it is not a particularly attractive city and there isn’t really a lot to see, it is definitely the place to be for … Continue reading Trials, tribulations, and tragedy at the Carnaval de Oruro

Celebrating Martes de Ch’alla in Cochabamba, Bolivia

Bolivians know how to celebrate. There’s no doubt about it. There is a constant stream of festivals, public holidays and important dates throughout the year that need to be marked in some way or another. As in most other Latin American countries, Carnaval is the most important event in the month of February. In Bolivia … Continue reading Celebrating Martes de Ch’alla in Cochabamba, Bolivia

Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

"But it's just so slow", I heard Mia exclaim a couple of seats over. The bus from La Paz to Cochabamba is a "viaje de mierda" as my friend so delicately put it after our return... That about sums it up: cold, extremely high altitude, and a half-built road for 8 hours. I took this shot during … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!

¡Que vista! I was lying in bed at 6 o'clock on Monday morning when it struck me how interesting the sounds of morning are and how powerfully they can define a place. In a dreamy haze I was transported back to my room in St Andrews and then realised that, here in Cochabamba, back in … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

I've been thinking about adding a more photography-based section to my blog recently and then I stumbled rather neatly across the Weekly Photo Challenge. As I'm interested in both travel and photography, I thought it would be a nice way to combine the two while challenging myself to sharpen my eye to a specific theme … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

A look back at my first day in Bolivia

Tomorrow will mark the end of my first month in Bolivia. I remember my first day in Bolivia all too clearly (it ended in tears). I crossed the border from La Quiaca in Argentina to Villazon in Bolivia and, considering it was my first solo border crossing, all went pretty smoothly and I was feeling … Continue reading A look back at my first day in Bolivia