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
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 having such a crisis. I am not actually having a crisis at all, other than the issue of how to fill long bus-ride hours. And I have many many more in my immediate future… Read more
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. Read more
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 possible from the locals so that the socialist ideas that govern life there are not corrupted by tourists coming in with all their (high value) money and free-wheeling ways. Read more
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, Cubans on average earn the equivalent of $20CUC a month, Read more