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

Island HomeStay On Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca is shared by Peru and Bolivia, and at 3,812m above sea level, is the highest navigable lake in the world and the largest lake in South America. According to Andean legend, Titicaca is the birthplace of the sun, with Isla del Sol and Isla de la Luna both accessible from the Bolivian side … Continue reading Island HomeStay On Lake Titicaca

Galapagos II: Giant Tortoises, Penguins & Blue-Footed Boobies

The Galápagos giant tortoise is the largest species in the world, living to over 100 years and weighing as much as 250kgs. I knew they were big, but when the boulders under the trees started moving, it was only then I realised just how large they really are. The Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa … Continue reading Galapagos II: Giant Tortoises, Penguins & Blue-Footed Boobies

Galapagos I: Sea Lions & Iguanas

The best thing about the Galapagos Islands, is that all the animals, birds and sea-life living there just go about their days as they would normally, unimpressed by humans wielding cameras. Boats, lounge chairs, picnic benches and footpaths are considered their territory, and in our hotel, one of the lounge areas now has a sign … Continue reading Galapagos I: Sea Lions & Iguanas

Sea Plane to Gabriola Island

I left Vancouver as the co-pilot on a sea plane - just in case I was needed... and skidded down 15 minutes later in the harbour of Silva Bay, Gabriola Island in a wash of sea water as the plane taxied in to the dock. As I was seated next to the pilot for the flight, I had … Continue reading Sea Plane to Gabriola Island