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A Fun but Useless RTW Journal Watch me RTW in 2 days less than the maximum period I can leave NZ with my loan remaining interest free without spraining my ankle/losing all possessions/becoming a Hungarian farmer's wife. NZ - TX - Chile - Bolivia - Colombia etc

"I like sex! I like sex!": Adventures in Cartagena

COLOMBIA | Thursday, 8 Sep 2011 | Views [12207] | Comments [1]

Cartagena de Indias is the bread and butter of Colombian tourism. A beautiful colonial town with still intact walled remains, it is almost de rigor for anyone visiting Colombia to include it in their itinerary. Colorful, gorgeous and a historical delight, ... Read more >

Tags: cartagena, cocaine, colombia, colonial, salsa


Learning the hard way that hammocks and second degree sunburn don´t mix

COLOMBIA | Saturday, 3 Sep 2011 | Views [1300]

My latest destination And so I left my Amazonian home and winged my way to Santa Marta, at the opposite end of Colombia. I really enjoyed the Leticia-Bogota leg, where the plane swung wildly from side to side, especially as just the day before ... Read more >

Tags: arrecifes, beaches, colombia, hammocks, national park, santa marta, tayrona


M&M's threatened my life

COLOMBIA | Friday, 26 Aug 2011 | Views [2388]

I'd been in Leticia for 2 weeks. Used to dodging motorcycles to cross the road, being woken up at 5am by army drills and not ever quite used to overwhelming heat, but used to how ununsed I was to it. Unable to do a weekend jungle trip like I had hoped ... Read more >

Tags: border guard, brazil, scary, soldier, tabatinga


A Day on the Rio Amazonas

COLOMBIA | Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | Views [1328]

Going on jungle trips in the Amazon was a lot harder to organize than I´d imagined. As a solo traveller, it was near impossible to arrange anything and even if I had, I would have paid far, far, far more than what I could afford. Very frustrating, but ... Read more >

Tags: amazon, amazon river, amazonas, colombia, leticia, puerto narino, santa rosa


Tres Paises, Un Dia

COLOMBIA | Saturday, 13 Aug 2011 | Views [1316]

Hey remember that time I went to three countries in one day? Yes, in a 24 hour stretch I spent enough time in Peru, Brazil and Colombia to truthfully say I visited all three. Not a bad effort - the benefits of living in the Tri Frontier region. I woke ... Read more >

Tags: amazonas, brazil, colombia, international borders, leticia, peru, santa rosa, tabatinga


Jungle Fever

COLOMBIA | Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | Views [1247]

In a sudden blur, I found myself having left quiet, sedate Chile where I knew the streets, the metro stops and had made friends and all of a sudden crash landing in an Amazonian border town (literally - the budget airplane I took skidded to the side ... Read more >

Tags: amazon basin, amazonas, arriving, colombia, leticia


Goodbye Chile!

CHILE | Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | Views [2089] | Comments [1]

Embracing my American ties on a Chilean 4th of July My planned three weeks in Chile, split up by time in Bolivia ended up being a solid month and a half thanks to my ankle´s decision to stop working. While I hadn´t planned to have so much time ... Read more >

Tags: chile, leaving, on the road again, pisco sours


My Day of Living Dangerously: Part 2 - Impromptu Caving and No Helmet Motorbiking

CHILE | Sunday, 7 Aug 2011 | Views [1300]

By the time I had finished my horse trek of doom, I didn´t have time to make the 5 hour uphill hike to Orongo, so headed over to the Tourist Office and got them to arrange a taxi to take me up. The driver seemed nice enough and spoke Spanish slowly and ... Read more >

Tags: caving, easter island, isla de pascua, motorbikes, orongo, rapa nui


My Day of Living Dangerously: Part 1 - I Fell Off a Horse

CHILE | Saturday, 6 Aug 2011 | Views [1197]

On my third day in Easter Island, I manged to fall off a galloping horse, go caving on the spur of the moment and ride a motorcyle with no helmet. It was an action packed day. Thanks to my inability so summarise, I´ve decided to split up the entries ... Read more >

Tags: danger, easter island, falling off horse, horse riding, isla de pascua, rapa nui


I went to Easter Island and all I got was the best place in the world

CHILE | Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | Views [2125]

Anyone who talked to me in the six months or so before I left on my travels will know I was fanatically obsessed with the fact that I was going to Easter Island and that I spent a considerable amount of time going on about it - to the point that my ... Read more >

Tags: camping, chile, easter island, isla de pascua, moai, rapa nui, tongariki


Couchsurfing, Muddy Jeans and Yet More Rain: The Lakes District

CHILE | Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | Views [1127]

Back on terra firma after five days at sea, we spent the first 24 hours unable to stop ourselves from swaying back and forth. Christelle, our Super Negotiator, demanded us a free taxi ride to our couchsurfing host´s house, even though we had one last ... Read more >

Tags: couchsurfing, fruitillar, lakes district, puerto montt, puerto varas


The Navimag is NOT a cruise

CHILE | Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 | Views [1580]

The ship´s map system, informing us we´d reached the Glacier I realise I haven´t properly explained what the whole Navimag shebang really is, so here is a quick explanation: As Lonely Planet was at pains to point out repeatedly, the Navimag is ... Read more >

Tags: chile, glacier, laguna san rafael, navimag, puerto montt


Hitchhiking, Mormons and warmed up chocolate milk - oh my!

CHILE | Monday, 25 Jul 2011 | Views [1528]

Let´s pick up where we left me last - soaking wet, making friends with a sorrowful black lab at the Castro Rural Bus Terminal and about to embark on a 4 hour bus ride back to Puerto Montt. The bus ride was rather average due to Quielen Bus´ policy ... Read more >

Tags: aysen, hitchhking, mormons, navimag, patagonia, puerto montt


Isla de Chiloé - Shingles, microbuses and curanto

CHILE | Sunday, 17 Jul 2011 | Views [7501]

Chiloé, Chile - the second largest island in South America, home of one of the most distinct architectural styles in Chile and famous for its wooden churches and permanently overcast weather. Having read two seperate guidebooks talking it up as ... Read more >

Tags: castro, chile, chiloe, quinchao, solo travel


Kissing in Chile (No, this isn´t a seedy description of my love life)

CHILE | Saturday, 16 Jul 2011 | Views [2186]

Saying hello in Chile can sometimes descend into farcialness. Although a seemingly simple cultural concept, my month and a bit in Chile has made me realise how difficult it can be. Like many other places in the world (sometimes it feels like New Zealand ... Read more >

Tags: chile, cultural customs, kissing, santiago


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