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


A little hike in Huaraz

After hearing some disappointing news and wanting to get away from the groans and grinds of the city I went along with my new friend, Jan, on his trip to the mountains north of Lima. The town of Huaraz was a lot bigger than I expected and, although the weather wasn’t great when we arrived, … Continue reading A little hike in Huaraz

Discovering Machu Picchu: The Holy Grail of the Gringo Trail

“Well, that was nice”, said Brittany as the train pulled out of the station. I laughed at how simple, yet true, the summary sounded. We had just visited Machu Picchu, one of the modern wonders of the world, and it really was ‘nice’. So many adjectives are used to describe Machu Picchu: mystical, awe-inspiring, incredible. … Continue reading Discovering Machu Picchu: The Holy Grail of the Gringo Trail

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

  We've been staying in the beach town of Huanchaco for the past week. It's about 20 minutes away from the town of Trujillo and only yesterday did we manage to pay a visit to the old colonial town. That should give you an indication of how lazily our days have been spent recently. A … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

Treasure Trove of Textiles in Cusco, Peru

We were drawn in by the giant fluffy dog lazing at the entrance, and lingered because of the friendly cat circling the counter. A man sat behind a desk reading a book with his spectacles perched on the end of his nose; he glanced up at us and we exchanged a smile as we doted … Continue reading Treasure Trove of Textiles in Cusco, Peru

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

This is a photo of me taken by my friend Brittany while we were in an incredible antique textile shop in Cusco, Peru (detailed post about our experience there to follow). We had so much fun rummaging around that shop and it was a completely unexpected experience. We were unsure about how to spend our … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

This weekend was my first weekend out of Bolivia in 136 days. After a lot of worrying about an overstayed visa and despite the difficult task of dragging myself away from my comfortable, familiar life in Cochabamba, I've finally made it to Peru! I arrived in Puno on Lake Titicaca on Saturday afternoon and signed … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Family