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The adventures of the Mel

Northern Spain

SPAIN | Thursday, 26 Jun 2008 | Views [874]

We’ve just arrived in Barcelona and I’m stuffed. It’s nearly 10pm, so it’s still light, but I am considering jumping into bed very soon, which is hard in a country where children are still out at midnight. But I just realised…..BAHAHAHAHA! I’m in the ... Read more >

Sweating it out in Spain

SPAIN | Tuesday, 24 Jun 2008 | Views [832] | Comments [1]

It’s hot. I’m all sticky and I’m still damn jetlagged. But…that’s about all there is to complain about (maybe bar how freaking expensive everything is here). I’m in Spain, baby! We just arrived in San Sebastian and checked into our little family ... Read more >

South American perspective

ECUADOR | Tuesday, 17 Jun 2008 | Views [759] | Comments [4]

It´s my last night here in Ecuador and hence South America. I am looking forward to new experiences, though my excitement is tinged with sadness as I prepare to farewell the continent. Despite all the things that I WON´T miss about Smerica, there are ... Read more >

Screw you Brazil

ECUADOR | Sunday, 15 Jun 2008 | Views [403] | Comments [1]

We have finally been able to change our tickets, so we are going straight to Spain on Wednesday! Woohoo!!!!

Still in Quito....

ECUADOR | Saturday, 14 Jun 2008 | Views [804] | Comments [1]

Well, we’re still in Quito, and we’re not entirely sure when we’re leaving. We’ve had…..some difficulty obtaining a Brazilian visa for Snuffy. We could call them many, many four letter words, and indeed we have. We are probably not going to get to ... Read more >

The amazing Galapagos Islands

ECUADOR | Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | Views [2553] | Comments [6]

Good morning my favourite readers, I write to you from the HMAS Darwin, affectionately known as the Darwin Yatch (see photos). I decided that I would write on each day as they happen so that I don’t have a big FO post to write when I get back.... Read more >


ECUADOR | Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | Views [1842] | Comments [2]

Work schmork. I’m too busy thinking about going to the Galapagos tomorrow!! I’m a little excited. I’d be awesomely excited if I wasn’t so damn tired. Where’s a coke when you need one?? I’m lying on my hotel bed in Quito whilst Snuffy goes off on the ... Read more >

Feeling philosophical in Peru

PERU | Sunday, 1 Jun 2008 | Views [830] | Comments [2]

Public transport is a fickle thing. Sometimes he works in your favour, organising first class buses to leave whenever you want, either with complete English translation or slowly spoken Spanish for easy comprehension, or the moody little bastard refuses ... Read more >

Lima. NOT Llama.

PERU | Thursday, 29 May 2008 | Views [541]

Just a short entry to update in case I don't get the net for a while. We're currently staying with another Nakiska friend of Andrew's in Lima. Mario lives in the outer suburbs of Lima, but yesterday took Andrew and I and drove us all around Lima, showing ... Read more >

The Mel's awesome groove

PERU | Tuesday, 27 May 2008 | Views [758] | Comments [2]

This is a tale of alcohol, dancing and intrigue. Okay, no intrigue. But plenty of alcohol. After finishing the Inca Trail I was feeling grooveless and lacked the joy of Cuscotopia music in my head. We briefly visited the Sun Temple and the Cathedral ... Read more >

The amazing Inca Trail

PERU | Monday, 26 May 2008 | Views [3300] | Comments [6]

Okay, are you comfortable? Do you have a coffee in hand? Better go get one. While you’re up, get something to munch on. On second thoughts, go and cook yourself some dinner (or whatever meal you need), eat your fill, grab a refreshing drink, find somewhere ... Read more >

Into Peru and Cusco

PERU | Wednesday, 21 May 2008 | Views [1018] | Comments [4]

Transport in South America can be an adventure all on its own. In the space of a couple of days, Andrew and I experienced two rather unique bus trips which has given us the inclination to ensure that we revert to travelling first class. Travelling ... Read more >

Around Bolivia

BOLIVIA | Friday, 16 May 2008 | Views [569] | Comments [2]

Somehow my time in Bolivia is at its end already. It was only to be a short side trip, but I feel a little cheated that I have barely seen the country. After our time in the Uyuni pub (drinking ourselves not quite into oblivion, well at least not the ... Read more >

Bolivian Adventure

BOLIVIA | Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | Views [607] | Comments [1]

I’m sitting in the ‘Extreme Fun Pub’ in Uyuni, Bolivia, killing time whilst we wait for a train at midnight to take us to La Paz. We have just finished an amazing 2 ½ day jeep tour of southern Bolivia. After making the easiest border crossing I have ... Read more >

Brevity is the key word here...

CHILE | Sunday, 11 May 2008 | Views [548]

I can't actually believe my time in Chile is over ALREADY. It is hard to sum up a country when you have only spent two weeks in it, but I'll do my best. Adios Chile, Hola Bolivia! Bottom Five 5. Not having time to go to southern Chile 4. Long ... Read more >

Coming to you live

CHILE | Sunday, 11 May 2008 | Views [768] | Comments [3]

From Fhloston Paradise!! Okay, not really. From San Pedro de Atacama. And not live either. I’m typing on my laptop to put onto computer later this afternoon. So it’s all a sham really. We’ve certainly had a much nicer few days than the previous ... Read more >


CHILE | Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | Views [768] | Comments [3]

In stark contrast to our time with friends, Andrew and I have had a traumatic twenty four hours to say the least. We had to get up early to catch the morning bus to Santiago, which was not entirely easy for me as we had stayed up late watching I am ... Read more >

Friendly fun in Chile

CHILE | Sunday, 4 May 2008 | Views [903] | Comments [3]

Well I feel suitably relaxed. You? I have had a lovely few days spending time with friends we made in Nakiska. Okay, so technically they’re more Andrew’s friends, but I’m claiming them as my own, whether they like it or not! Francisco picked us ... Read more >

Where in the world is Mel? In Santiago!

CHILE | Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | Views [762] | Comments [3]

Ah, the many wasted hours of my precious youth searching for the elusive Carmen. Damn you Carmen!! You´ll be pleased to know that not only did I NOT throw up on Andrew, but I didn´t even feel sick. Awesome non-windyness. Kind of made up for Mr-pack-stuff-... Read more >


ARGENTINA | Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | Views [456]

It´s difficult to sum up a country that you spend less than 3 weeks in, but following is probably the best and most eloquent-like summary yousell ever see. Bottom five: 5. The waitresses never smile. Never. 4. Their fascination with meat. GET OVER ... Read more >

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