Quaranking

27 April - 5 May 2020 - After weeks of watching people’s insta feeds go from Hoe, to wholesome, I finally give in... and bake carrot cake muffins. Flavour is great... tad on the dry side. Not v moist. Disappointing... like the COVID dating scene (fine, COVID has nada to do with that). In other... Continue Reading →

Featured post

Eso es iso

20-26 April 2020 - Ppl say, “we’re all in this together” but what about the ppl that are literally in COVID alone? How many crazy cat lady death scenarios are about to be realised? Of course alone is a state of mind... but being devoid of human touch and face to face interaction... not being... Continue Reading →

Featured post

Wfh or wfp

14-17 April 2020 - How is working from home going? Well, just great, except it’s no longer working from home, it’s wfp.... (Work from fucking prison). Some government 5G bat meat eating conspiracy/ experiment in China somehow managed to convert my sacred luxey safe sanctuary, into a salt sprayed cell of isolation. Miserable with a... Continue Reading →

Featured post

Wfh – Week 2 & a COVID mission

6-10 April 2020 - Not driving to work lessens the possibility of hearing COVID related news via radio, allowing me to keep a more resilient frame of mind. Travelling to work takes all of 30 seconds. Roll out of bed, open laptop, hunch over kitchen bench, make phone calls, consider brushing hair. Efficiencies, have been... Continue Reading →

Featured post

Wfh – Ma ma my Corona… virus

9-20 March 2020 - As a contingency to contain and stop the spread of the Corona virus, half of our team have been instructed to wfh and/ or other office locations. One week we’re all in the office, using hand sanitiser as water, enjoying the never ending supply of toilet paper... the next, it’s goodbye... Continue Reading →

Featured post

Destination Corona / COVID 19

Ok so, I don’t own a tv, I don’t have Facebook and rly give very few fucks about what goes on in the media but, there’s this virus that’s being spread, to combat climate change and it’s killing a lot of ppl, causing economic havoc and closing down international travel. It’s started some other weird... Continue Reading →

Featured post

Lessons learned

Replying with "Si, claro" to any Spanish speaking situation works 90% of the time, every time (I think... but as my Spanish is malo to nada, it's hard to verify this statement). Bananas don't carry well... like my feelings, they get squashed easily. Eggs... also not great to travel with. Protein and 3 sides of... Continue Reading →

Featured post

Cusco round 2

Two flights, 3 countries and 24 hours later, I arrived in Cusco, for a 50 day in the making reunion with two of my most treasured. Entering the hostel, still dressed for Colombia, the first person I see is a guy I met in Costeno! Small travel world. The hostel reception leads into a large... Continue Reading →

Featured post

San Andres

13/11/19 I flew from Santa Marta to Bogotá but, I didn't end up getting the flight to San Andres as planned.... Instead, I spent the night in luxurious Bogotá airport, due to some special island tax I couldn’t pay as my credit card wouldn’t work on the airlines dodgy machine (used the card 5 minutes... Continue Reading →

Featured post

And we found paradise

In the morning, we all paddle out for some waves. What we got, was so much more. Beyond the ocean blue, behind the palm tree lined shores stands snowcapped peaks. Typically, these mountains are hidden by clouds. Billy exclaims, "I've never seen snow before". Bless him. The rest of us were captivated, amazed such opposing... Continue Reading →

Featured post

Keen para Medellin

Between Clare, Anika and I, if you wanted to find us, just follow the trail of shit we've been dribbling... all the way from Cali to Medellin vía Salento. Absolute nonsense. On the hunt for Daddy Yankee appropriate attire, we go to éxito, then a larger mall... all I manage to buy is a thong... Continue Reading →

Featured post

Cali to Cócora

Highlights of Cali besides salsa include the street food walking tour and the discovery of Mango ceviche. Now for a mass exodus of Viajero Hostel Cali. Sad to see my new amigos go. We know I'm no good at goodbyes, so, it's hasta luego instead. Shifting the focus from sadness, to being grateful for the... Continue Reading →

Featured post

Quilotoa Loop

Day 1 LATACUNGA (bag drop) - BUS TO SIGCHOS > HIKE TO ISINLIVI Dave, Naomi, Clémence and I travelled from Secret Garden Cotopaxi and caught a bus to Latacunga, where we stayed a night, and left our bags, to begin the Quilatoa Loop. The bus to Sigchos was off to a promising start, having made... Continue Reading →

Featured post

Secret Garden

Cold winter mornings watching Cotopaxi catch the first rays of sunlight... Bathing in beauty.5/09/19 Horseback riding in Cotopaxi National Park. Condors gliding overhead and flying down into a canyon where the fresh, lifeless carcass of a large bull lies. Cantering in the cold and golden grass plains of Cotopaxi National Park. Cowgirl style. Sitting on... Continue Reading →

Featured post

Galápagos – San Cristóbal

A bucket list destination for nature lovers and divers alike, the Galápagos Islands is my next stop. A wave of excitement as the reality sets in... I'm going to a place some people only dream of visiting. The plan is to try and sway a last minute bargain deal for a dive liveaboard. So far,... Continue Reading →

Featured post

Huaraz hike

15/08/19 The pain of a suspected broken rib has forced me to get an X-ray, which reveals nothing. The radiographers speak no English and I'm not wanting to expend further funds, concluding it can't be too bad if I can still breath and walk. Huaraz wasn't initially on the list of places I wanted to... Continue Reading →

Featured post

Huaca for the weekend (plus Paracas)

In the desert Oasis of Huacachina, there isn't much to do besides ride on a dune buggy, sand board and watch the sunset from the top of the sand dunes... if you're staying at the Wild Rover hostel, you get the additional option to party by the poolside. Huaca is on the gringo trail, meaning... Continue Reading →

Featured post

Arequipa and a bromance

6/08/19 A short flight and a taxi ride, I'm on the rooftop at my hostel in Arequipa. Some guests are amazed I made it into the city, others queried if I had rocks thrown at me in the taxi (as some other travellers had experienced). Jorge, a staff member at the hostel offers me a... Continue Reading →

Featured post

Cusco and crapping myself

The morning post Machupicchu and Salkantay was off to a good start. Waking instantly to something warm on my thigh, I realised, I had indeed shat myself. Moving at high speed from the bed, to the bathroom... no alarm ever got me out of bed this fast. I spent the next 20 minutes in the... Continue Reading →

Featured post

Summoning Salkantay

Day 1 Waking at 3:55am for a 4:30am pick up, I whisper to Elvar, "see you in 5 days", frantically grab my things and climb down from the bunk bed, to embark on my Salkantay trek. A bus takes us to Mollepata, where we walk 12kms to camp at Soraypampa (3920 meters asl). It's relatively... Continue Reading →

Featured post

Fresh to Death Road

The most highly anticipated activity to undertake when in La Paz, is to ride 'Death Road'... that is, if you're an adrenaline junkie or enjoy downhill mountain biking. Tick and tick. Made by Paraguayan prisoners in the 1930's, 'Death Road’ climbs to around 4,650 metres and stretches 64kms, from La Paz, to Coroico. Narrow, sharp... Continue Reading →

Featured post

Uyuni

The temperature was far more paletable this morning (still cold af). During my morning run, the sun rose, illuminating cactus covered mountains and surrounding saltscapes. Packed and onwards to Uyuni, we drive out of the dust, onto an ocean of white... a glistening blanket of salt encrusted diamonds, as far as the eye can see.... Continue Reading →

Featured post

Bolivia

Chile - Bolivia (Ollagüe - Estación Avaroa) Ascending by bus into the mountains, we enter into Bolivia to begin a 3 day 4x4 adventure across the desert to the famous Uyuni Salt Flats.Highlights for Day 1 - Stunning blue and pink lagoons, thermal pool swims and venturing over 4000 meters above sea level. Our lodging... Continue Reading →

Featured post

San Pedro de Atacama

By local bus, it takes a full day of driving to get from Salta to San Pedro De Atacama. Hours of window watching, navigating the winding roads, trailing through the most amazing landscapes. Sweeping mountains of terracotta, green shrubs and golden tufts of grass, boulders, cactus, wild llamas and icy peaks. Getting to the Chilean... Continue Reading →

Featured post

Hot Chile Woman

Chile (pronounced Chill aye), is the first stop in my South American adventure. South America is all about lines... long lines, of people, at immigration. If you're Australian, before entering into Chile, be prepared to fork out $117USD. Yep, a moderate, below the belt love tap, applicable only to Australians, however, payment must be made... Continue Reading →

Featured post

Champagne. Let it flow.

6 May I’m in the city of love, and I ain’t got none. What I do have, is a never ending supply of pastries. Glorious, carb loaded, buttery (and bad news for my once lean figure), pastries. Oh my, France, you temptress. Paris is easy to get overwhelmed by. Museums, monuments, architecture, museums, Moulin Rouge.... Continue Reading →

Featured post

Deadset Daedalus

29 April Damn Daedalus! Waking at the most anticipated dive site for the trip, I'm in shock at the number of boats moored here. It's a dive liveaboard boat party (like Yacht week in Croatia but everyone is wearing 5-7mm wetsuits and fins). Daedalus Reef is located approximately 90km's off of Marsa Alam. A standalone coral... Continue Reading →

Featured post

E is for Elphinstone

Up early, waiting for a dive store to open to resolve a wetsuit issue, I go for a run. Departing Port Ghalib (finally), dive number one is off the coast of Abu Dabbab. Surprise, the Italian and I are paired as dive buddies and spend 72 minutes below the surface first up! The second dive... Continue Reading →

Featured post

Hurghada to Abu Dabbab

23 April 1:11am in the morning, I wake to a knock at the door. I pretend not to hear it. More knocking. My heart races. What if it’s that guy on reception tonight who I declined lunch with?? All I have as a weapon is a water bottle and the only thing that's a real... Continue Reading →

Featured post

WordPress.com.

Up ↑