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

Scenes Through Bus Windows I

The perfect place to have an existential crisis is while sitting on a bus in Ecuador or Peru. Long uninterrupted hours to do nothing but stare out the bus window, think weighty thoughts and wish you had bought food for lunch as there is still another 4 hours before you arrive. Not that I am … Continue reading Scenes Through Bus Windows I

Leaving Oaxaca

So, its my last day here in Oaxaca. I love love love travel, but the downside of it is that there are always so many goodbyes. I have had a ball here for almost a year, met some fantastic people, done some amazing stuff, caught unusual transport, eaten some more unusual food and learned Spanish … Continue reading Leaving Oaxaca

Cuban Life (for a tourist)

As a tourist in Cuba, you get a markedly different experience to the locals. Given that the country is socialist, the government provides or subsidizes many things for Cubans. Tourism really only started in Cuba after the Soviet Union fell as a solution to the economic crisis Cuba faced. Laws keep tourists as separate as … Continue reading Cuban Life (for a tourist)

Cuba

Cuba; I don’t even know where to begin. What an intriguing, complex and layered country.The people are friendly and welcoming, music is an ever-present part of life, boy can Cubans dance, and the beaches are white sand and turquoise sea. A bottle of ron (rum) is $2.95CUC, and cigars anywhere from about $4CUC upwards. However, … Continue reading Cuba