South America

What To See & Do in Santiago, Chile

November 20, 2013
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In what will probably be the longest day of our lives, we arrived into Santiago de Chile four hours before we left Auckland. Go figure. Despite the dizzying confusion of the International Date Line to contend with, as soon as we walked out of departures, people were benevolently pointing us towards the awaiting Centropuerto bus […]

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Capture the Colour 2013

October 9, 2013

Sneaking in just before the closing date, here’s my entry to Travel Supermarket’s annual photography competition with a few of my humble pictures, representing the colours red, blue, green, yellow and white. Having entered last year too, I knew it’d be a good excuse to trawl back through my archives. It makes me realise it’s […]

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Salkantay: the alternative Inca Trail

February 27, 2013
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When I travelled to South America, visiting Machu Picchu was a ‘must’ on my list, but I didn’t want to have to book months in advance for the Inca Trail itself. I’d heard great things about the alternatives from other travellers, so was pretty pleased to turn up in Cuzco and book the 5 day […]

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Galloping through Uruguay

November 15, 2012
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It was in the last weeks of my ten-month trip that I travelled through Uruguay. The small amount of time I spent here was more to do with the rush of my final days than its appeal. At a warmer time of year, I might have stopped at the popular beach resort of Punta del […]

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My top 10 wow moments

November 8, 2012
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You know what I mean; the moment when your lips part in the same way as when you spot an ex-lover, a moment in which time passes more slowly for a few seconds while your brain processes everything you’re seeing, hearing, smelling , touching. And then, just as the moment is passing you by, happily […]

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Stargazing in Chile

September 24, 2012
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After a seven hour bus journey from the seaside resort of ViƱa del Mar, past cacti-covered hills and glimpses down to deserted bays, we arrived at the pretty Chilean town of La Serena. After a cup of tea at our hostel, we wandered the paint-peeling streets and admired the sunset before tucking into some Chilean […]

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The world’s best graffiti

September 19, 2012
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My RTW trip gave me the time to be creative again. I didn’t make much, but I did think about it and soon realised I was appreciating global art and architecture and design anew. It was a trip that was in all senses of the word, inspiring. And one thing that barely caught my attention […]

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