How To Beat Reverse Culture Shock

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay is an hour (50km) by ferry from downtown Buenos Aires. This makes it a great day trip destination for Argentinians and for weary travellers to spend a long weekend. I realised I was in need of a break after walking around Buenos Aires, and feeling slightly teary about everything. So much … Continue reading How To Beat Reverse Culture Shock

5 Questions I Never Want To Be Asked Again

Travelling solo has made for some interesting conversations, interactions and I have met some awesome people. The first thing I get asked by other travellers is whether I have had any issues travelling solo. To be honest I think what you put out is what you get back, and I haven't had any problems (other … Continue reading 5 Questions I Never Want To Be Asked Again

Counterfeit Currency – Not Just in the Movies

I had a run-in with counterfeit currency today. Every time I have paid for something in Peru, I have had my offered banknotes scrutinized: held up to the light and bent in several ways before they have been accepted. Now I know why. People will tell you how dangerous Lima is, including people you converse … Continue reading Counterfeit Currency – Not Just in the Movies

What To Expect From Your Spiritual Cleansing

People in Ecuador (and all over the world) will visit their local shaman for a wide variety of reasons. Luckily for me, walking through the market in Cuenca on Friday, I stumbled across the weekly visit by local shamans, and stopped to watch them work. People had come in family groups, mothers with small babies … Continue reading What To Expect From Your Spiritual Cleansing

Breathless in Quito

Ecuador is home to some of the highest volcanoes and mountain peaks in the world. Quito is the second highest capital in the world, and around 2850m above sea level it does take some acclimatizing to. Flying from Houston (at around sea level) to Quito means I have experienced an elevation change of almost 3km … Continue reading Breathless in Quito