Machu Picchu!

Machu Picchu is 2,430m above sea-level, situated on an 'eyebrow' between the Andes and the rainforest. Built in the fifteenth century Machu Picchu was abandoned when the Inca Empire was conquered by the Spaniards in the sixteenth century, although the Spanish never found Machu Picchu. It was rediscovered in 1911 and since then has been … Continue reading Machu Picchu!

Counterfeit Currency – Not Just in the Movies

I had a run-in with counterfeit currency today. Every time I have paid for something in Peru, I have had my offered banknotes scrutinized: held up to the light and bent in several ways before they have been accepted. Now I know why. People will tell you how dangerous Lima is, including people you converse … Continue reading Counterfeit Currency – Not Just in the Movies

It Might Be A Bear

Getting up at 5am for the bus to Yosemite was a little bit of a struggle. It's a 4 hour bus ride from San Francisco which means you really need to stay overnight to get a chance to hike some of the trails. And luckily for me, that's what I did. The park is famous … Continue reading It Might Be A Bear

New York City

Yesterday afternoon after getting off the train at Penn Station, catching the subway across to Brooklyn and shedding my pack in Williamsburg, I caught the subway back into Chambers St in Manhattan and then walked BACK into Brooklyn across the Brooklyn Bridge and then navigated my way under it to explore DUMBO or Down Under … Continue reading New York City

5 Hours in Zurich

As Swiss trains are so punctual, if you have time, a stopover in Zürich means that you do not necessarily have to stay at the airport. Check in your bag if it’s not already checked through to your destination, and then if you want, also leave extra luggage at the left luggage counter (4CHF) so … Continue reading 5 Hours in Zurich