Waking Up Achuar Style

Lying in my tent with only a 2cm foam "mattress" between me and the hard-packed earth, I wondered how I was ever going to get comfortable enough to actually go to sleep. Worst case I decided, I would just lie there watching the stars through my fly-screen window until the 4am wake up call. Next … Continue reading Waking Up Achuar Style

Achuar People: Guardians of the Amazon

Kapawi Eco-Lodge is part of a project belonging to the indigenous Achuar (ah-shwar) people who have lived in the Ecuadorian Amazon for hundreds of years. Their ancestral lands – nearly 2 million acres – straddle the modern borders of Ecuador and Peru, a remote area that has allowed them to preserve their way of life … Continue reading Achuar People: Guardians of the Amazon

Zealandia

Zealandia is up another big hill from me (shock, horror), which to be fair as hardly surprising since I live on reclaimed land minutes from Wellington harbour, and with these earthquakes, is probably getting closer and closer every day. Zealandia is 622 acres of fenced bush reserve only 3km from the top of the cable … Continue reading Zealandia

Another walk up another hill

Last Saturday dawned sunny and bright and so I headed off after breakfast to climb Te Ahumairangi Hill (Tinakori Hill). The idea of this walk has been especially annoying me as the hill is right behind my suburb, so since I arrived in Wellington in March, every day I look at it and think –that’s … Continue reading Another walk up another hill