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 before toting a 17.5kg pack, a daypack and a full water bottle (What? Those things are heavy!).
The bus was meant to leave San Pedro de Atacama at 9:30am. As 10:30am neared, and factoring in a 10-11 hour bus ride, I was pretty sure I would be trying to navigate my way around Salta (sans the correct currency) about midnight… Read more
For me, Cuba is one of those countries that are endlessly fascinating. History that is still occurring on a daily basis; the resilience and friendliness of Cubans, the natural beauty of the island and of course, the all-pervasive music and dance.
Having been to Cuba twice now for a total of 6 weeks, here are some (hem, hard-earned) tips for your trip. Read more
One of the first things to come to mind when you hear the word Cuba are old american cars (máquinas), used predominantly as taxis. They are such an iconic image, and can be found all over the island, gently nursed by their third generation owners. The drivers will insist on opening and shutting the doors for you, as if you are too firm you run the risk of actually breaking the car Read more
A colectivo is, as the name suggests, a shared form of transport. It looks very like a taxi, except it lacks a sign on the roof, and has a destination written in pen on the windscreen instead.
It is a normal 4 door sedan however it actually carries 6 people: 3 seated across the back seat and 3 across the front. Yep, who needs a handbrake when you can place a cushion over it and call it another seat. Read more
I know, I know, you can thank me later
1. Google how to pack bike for aeroplane travel
2. Obtain a bike box – where and how to be determined
3. Try to understand the origami positions bike needs to be broken down into to fit box by studying other people’s blog posts, triathlon sites & random googled diagrams