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Many Adventures of a Nomadic Poet A young poet with Asperger's makes travel his passion, and away he goes...

Bluefields and the Corn Islands

NICARAGUA | Thursday, 19 Nov 2009 | Views [8794]

What a mission! Getting to Bluefields was half the fun. Getting stuck there wasn't as much so, and getting to the Corn Islands proved to be the ultimate "mish." After taking an overnight bus from Managua to El Rama, I had to wait awhile before ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, boats, islands


Photos: Corn Islands

NICARAGUA | Thursday, 19 Nov 2009 | Photo Gallery

Corn Islands should be renamed "Paradise Islands." Two unknown isletas hidden deep in the west of the Caribbean Sea
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Photos: Managua

NICARAGUA | Monday, 16 Nov 2009 | Photo Gallery

The capital with no centre. There's not much to do here but I made the most of it. Ruben Dario would be proud
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The city with no centre

NICARAGUA | Sunday, 15 Nov 2009 | Views [1942]

Welcome to Managua: Nicaragua's capital as well as its heart & soul. When I arrived in Managua off the bus from Rivas I asked a taxi driver as best I could how far Centro Managua is. He didn't give me a solid answer so I thought my best bet was ... Read more >

Tags: cities


Photos: Isla de Ometepe

NICARAGUA | Wednesday, 11 Nov 2009 | Photo Gallery

What a majestic island! Two towering volcanoes surrounded by one giant lake. Get ready to stay much longer than expected on what has to be the world's most beautiful island
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Isla de Ometepe and my return to Granada

NICARAGUA | Tuesday, 10 Nov 2009 | Views [1962]

Riding in the back of a ute, I was making my way toward "The Great Sultan" as Granada, Nicaragua is called. It is Nicaragua's colonial jewel, much like Trinidad is to Cuba. Two year ago I was here, and two years later, I'm back! Getting dropped ... Read more >


Oy, what did I eat?

COSTA RICA | Saturday, 7 Nov 2009 | Views [745]

Through my travels, I've shared the good and the bad, so now it's time for the ugly. All three elements are bound to occur (although I hope for mostly the first of three). As I lay here in a dilapidated room in Playa El Coco (situated on the Pacific) ... Read more >


Photos: El Coco

COSTA RICA | Saturday, 7 Nov 2009 | Photo Gallery


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Havana, and the journey back

CUBA | Tuesday, 3 Nov 2009 | Views [1344]

Getting back to Havana from Trinidad would be a long arduous journey but was half the fun! Juana woke me at 8:00 AM because I asked her to last night. Immediately I washed up and went to the kitchen por mi desayuno de bananos, guayaba de jugo, pan y ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, cities, food, hitchhiking, mojitos, old cars, people, socialism


Photos: Santa Clara and Trinidad

CUBA | Sunday, 1 Nov 2009 | Photo Gallery

home of Che and home of Cuba's colonial jewel
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Saluting Che....and a journey to Trinidad

CUBA | Saturday, 31 Oct 2009 | Views [1478]

Once I got off the Viazul bus filled mostly with well-heeled Cubans, jinteros immediately starting literally breathing down my back, saying "casa particular" over and over. Finally I turned around and got upset with one of the guys; it's annoying ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, beaches, che guevara, colonial architecture, hitchhiking


Photos: Valle de Viñales

CUBA | Friday, 30 Oct 2009 | Photo Gallery

One of the most beautiful areas of Cuba, filled with spectacular karst limestone formations and Martian-red tobacco fields
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Martian Red Soil

CUBA | Tuesday, 27 Oct 2009 | Views [2709]

After spending five days in La Habana, I decided to make a run for Viñales. Let me tell you first how I got there, because getting there turned out to be half the fun. After taking a taxi to the Autopista (Cuba's central highway) I wanted to hitchhike.... Read more >

Tags: caving, culture, hiking, karst landscapes, old cars


The Real Havana!

CUBA | Friday, 23 Oct 2009 | Views [1842]

This morning I woke up early but I was too lazy to leave. I don't know why. I paid Lisdey 30 CUC for my stay and I just lazed around for a bit. After having a few cups of tea I was finally ready to set out at about noon. My plan was to go to Angie's ... Read more >

Tags: history, people, socialism


Photos: Havana

CUBA | Wednesday, 21 Oct 2009 | Photo Gallery

Classic cars, socialism, free health care: Welcome to Cuba
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'50s Time Capsule

CUBA | Wednesday, 21 Oct 2009 | Views [2586]

When I first landed in Cuba, I must admit I was a little bit scared. In the "address in Cuba" I wrote the address of a casa particular that I had no intentions of staying at. Since I'm American I had to ask the customs official not to stamp ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, history, old cars, people, socialism


Turtles and Tortuguero

COSTA RICA | Friday, 16 Oct 2009 | Views [1593]

As I approached Tortuguero after the one-hour boat ride, I immediately thought "Venice of the Caribbean." However, once I walked into town I realized that only the few buildings near the dock are partially built on water. Tortuguero means ... Read more >


Photos: Volcán Irazú

COSTA RICA | Saturday, 10 Oct 2009 | Photo Gallery


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Eyes on both coasts

COSTA RICA | Saturday, 10 Oct 2009 | Views [516]

Standing at the corner of Avenida 2 and Calle 3, there's a sign for the bus to Volcan Irazu. The other day I had teeth pulled out and I have a mouthful of stitches, so I was ready for an escape from San Jose for the day. Earlier I asked Jonathan if he ... Read more >


Dental work in Costa Rica

COSTA RICA | Friday, 9 Oct 2009 | Views [5481] | Comments [1]

Now this is something to write about! I travelled to San José, Costa Rica to have dental work done! Scary? Not quite! First off, I'll tell you about the first couple of days in San José. When I landed, customs was a breeze, unlike two years ago when ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, medical


Photos: San José

COSTA RICA | Wednesday, 7 Oct 2009 | Photo Gallery

A very boring and dirty city but I still had all the fun I could. There are many great CouchSurfers there and they showed me some great places to go
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The Fijian way

FIJI | Wednesday, 19 Aug 2009 | Views [898]

Nisa Bula! As I stumble through the arrival hall with a bottle of duty-free liquor (which my host family asked me to purchase) after getting like my eighth Fiji passport stamp, I spot my name hastily scribbled on a piece of paper. His name is Ratu, ... Read more >

Tags: food, hospitality, people


Busy in "Gissy"

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 9 Aug 2009 | Views [1058]

After four months in the most touristed area of NZ, I find myself in Gisborne, or "Gissy" as it's often called. The eastern half of the North Island probably has the smallest concentration of tourists in the entire country. There's a very ... Read more >

Tags: culture


Photos: East Coast

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 7 Aug 2009 | Photo Gallery

Gisborne and the eastern half of the North Island. The greatest presence of Maori influence is in this region
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Rees-Dart Track

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 30 Apr 2009 | Views [5726]

             Conditions really deteriorated since last night when it wasn’t too cold and I could see the stars but this morning it was very cold and gloomy, like it was on the verge of rain. Anyways, I packed up my tent and all my other stuff and ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, nature, tramping, wilderness


Photos: Rees-Dart Track

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 30 Apr 2009 | Photo Gallery

A 5-day, 4-night physically demanding walk through the deep New Zealand wilderness but the breathtaking views more than make up for the hard work of getting there! This is my favourite track in the country.
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Mt. Arthur Lookout

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 22 Mar 2009 | Views [1093]

I’ve spent four nights in Ngatimoti now, and I certainly felt better today than I did yesterday. This morning I woke up at 9:45 AM and washed up. Last night I had a dream that I was stranded in Sao Paulo. I was ready for a walk up to Mt. Arthur ... Read more >


Photos: Motueka

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 22 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

Motueka and the top of the North Island. I stayed at the best farm around!
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Cape Reinga revisited

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 26 Feb 2009 | Views [1336]

It was an outrageously adventurous day in the Northland today. We nearly got stranded but we made it out. First let me get to the good part. Oh I'm a self-professed traveloholic, by the way! OK OK I'll get to my day. This morning I washed up and then ... Read more >


I meet Maria

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 25 Feb 2009 | Views [263]

This morning I was awoken when I heard someone yelling "Chris, Chris" It was Gabe and Lance because they were freezing cold. They had asked me to paddle to shore but a fisherman offered to give them a lift over. Lance's sleeping bag was soaked ... Read more >


Sailing from the Barrier to Paihia

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 22 Feb 2009 | Views [1953]

It was a big day of sailing as we set out toward the Bay of Islands today! This morning when I woke up I knew it was going to be so hard leaving because Nikki is a very nice lady! I took a shower and then made my morning cuppa earl grey with a teaspoon ... Read more >


Photos: Great Barrier Island

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 | Photo Gallery

Two mates and I embarked on an amazing sailing journey on a seven-metre yacht to Great Barrier Island: an island with no main electricity supply, street lights, banks, or supermarkets. It's like New Zealand 60 years ago!
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Niuean culture

NIUE | Monday, 9 Feb 2009 | Views [2208]

Fakaalofa atu (Hello in Niuean ). My 10 th day on Niue has passed. When I began my travels four years ago in Australia I was only there for two weeks; it was much too short. Nowadays I’m spending two weeks on Niue . This morning I woke ... Read more >

Tags: culture, food, hitchhiking, hospitality


The Far East

NIUE | Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | Views [490]

When you hear "The Far East" it immediately conjures up images. Prototypically it's Shanghai or Tokyo, or to the more adventurous it could be Vietnam or even Mongolia. Whilst I'm half an ocean away from Asia, today I went to Liku, the village ... Read more >


Talava Arches

NIUE | Wednesday, 4 Feb 2009 | Views [941]

Niue this! Niue that! Niue! Niue! Niue! It's so different! This morning I was awoken by a chorus of roosters just outside my window. Niue has been my temporary home for five days now! Except for that whole debacle coming here I've enjoyed every minute ... Read more >


On top of frustration, a car, and the world. One crazy story!

NIUE | Monday, 2 Feb 2009 | Views [2735] | Comments [2]

Great God, I've been in Niue for three days and it's been misery! Why did I do this to myself? I still don't have any money. My father isn't able to wire me any because he barely has enough to pay the rent. My uncle and mother hardly have any for ... Read more >


Photos: Niue

NIUE | Sunday, 1 Feb 2009 | Photo Gallery

The world's smallest independent republic. There are no beaches here; bring a sense of adventure!
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A Dutchman and the Ahura

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 25 Jan 2009 | Views [855]

For three days I've been searching, and today it paid off! This morning I woke up extra early at the crack of dawn so I could scout around for someone going across the strait. Yesterday I learned my lesson because I missed a catamaran by only ... Read more >

Tags: sailing


Photos: Cook Strait

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 25 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

In my plan to hitchhike the length of New Zealand, I hung around Picton for three days trying to find a yacht to hitch on, and I succeeded! I've successfully hitchhiked the full length of Aotearoa
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Photos: Kepler Track

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 15 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

One of my favourite tracks on the South Island. Here I got gorgeous views of Lake Te Anau as I walked above the treeline
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