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A year of travels – 14 countries

A year ago today I boarded a plane in London for Madrid, and began a journey that has taken me through fourteen countries in 12 months, culminating back in Spain where I am now. Along the way I have had some amazing high points, and also without doubt some of the most challenging times of […]


Finally in Peru

Yesterday I finally entered Peru at the inland La Tina – Macará border crossing. The drive took 9 hours from Loja in Ecuador to Piura in Peru, and passed through some stunning Andean scenery, before descending into the hot and dusty lowlands of Northern Peru. The temperature difference was quite a shock after a month […]


Podcast: Studying Spanish in Cuenca, Ecuador

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] [Download MP3 | Add to iTunes | Subscribe to Podcasts] Cuenca is a UNESCO World Heritage city, founded in 1557 by the Spanish, about 10 hours south of Quito in Ecuador. I chose to study here following my Spanish studies in Guatemala as Guatemala and Ecuador are the […]


Studying Spanish in Cuenca, Ecuador

Having got over the trauma of my bag slash, I found some Spanish classes in Cuenca, Ecuador through a recommendation on the Lonely Planet forums. I’ve just completed a week of 4 hours/day one-on-one lessons here – at the Abraham Lincoln Cultural Center (pictured below). I’ll be studying for another week here and also publishing […]


Train ride down the Nariz del Diablo (Devil’s nose)

The train ride down the Nariz del Diablo (Devil’s nose) is a tourist trap. Honestly – only tourist will pay 10 $ for a 45 min tourist train ride from Alausi to the Devil’s nose. And then having to pay an extra 2 $ to sit on the roof. The so-called devil’s nose looks nothing […]


Video: Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca is a beautiful colonial city in Ecuador. Although not as grand as Quito, it has another advantage – it is a lot safer and that makes it as charming as Quito. With its narrow cobblestone streets and whitewashed red-tiled buildings, its beautiful plazas and churches, and its setting next to the Rio Tomebamba it […]


Bag slash robbery on Quito – Cuenca bus

I arrived in Cuenca, Ecuador a few days ago, having taken a bus from Quito. The journey was meant to take about 10 hours, but I arrived in Cuenca exhausted, 13 hours later. The first bus broke down after 2-3 hours, and we ended up sitting beside the road for about an hour and a […]



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