Colourful Valparaiso

Sunday, Valparaiso city centre, 2 hours north of Santiago. I have just taken a creaking and groaning rickety wooden funicular up one of Valparaiso's steep hills - saving myself from climbing literally hundreds of concrete stairs to the top. My plan is to wander through the neighbourhood at the top, crossing into the next neighbourhood … Continue reading Colourful Valparaiso

Scenes Through Bus Windows II: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile to Salta, Argentina

It was a good thing I had done a trial walk to the bus station from my hostel - the bus station was not in fact the dusty parking lot the bus had dropped us in arriving in San Pedro de Atacama. Noooo it was much much further away. Always a good thing to realise … Continue reading Scenes Through Bus Windows II: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile to Salta, Argentina

Lisbon: City of Seven Hills and Billions of Cobblestones part 2

Continued... Yesterday (Tuesday) I managed to spend 16 hours out and running around Lisbon so I am actually looking forward to being able to take things a little easier when I get to Mexico (and sleeping just that little bit more). I started my day in the central square downtown and spent most of the … Continue reading Lisbon: City of Seven Hills and Billions of Cobblestones part 2

Lisbon: City of Seven Hills and Billions of Cobblestones part 1

I arrived into Lisbon via high speed train from Porto (3 hours) and got off to find it was 34C. I took the blue line metro to where I was going to be based, Chiado, a residential area established in 1567. Walking up yet another inclined street halfway up one of Lisbon's seven hills, I … Continue reading Lisbon: City of Seven Hills and Billions of Cobblestones part 1

Milos

On Friday I rose at the now completely familiar hour of 4:45am, got my stuff together as quietly as I could and left my Athens accommodation under the lightening sky. I walked through Plaka’s quiet stone laneways, scented with Night-flowers and freshly baking breads down to Monastrika station. My first destination of the day was … Continue reading Milos