But try not to hurt yourself. I got to try out this maxim in Salento when I decided for some reason that downhill mountain biking was the best way to see giant wax palms, which are only found in a few places in Colombia and Peru (it’s Colombia’s national tree and can be found on […]Read more "do something that scares you a little "
Topknots on boys and girls. Talk of cocaine tours. Electronic music pulsing by the pool. I sat in my hostel in Santa Marta and thought, fuck it, let’s go somewhere else. I had come to Santa Marta after spending a few glorious days in Riohacha, Cabo de la Vela and Punta Gallinas. Sure, there […]Read more "running away to mompós"
My stories on Peru ran in TODAY earlier this week, and I guess you could call it a farewell note of sorts. Mountains and snow feel very far away as I explore Colombia’s Caribbean north, and I expect I’ll be missing them before long… Read the story here And read about my (mostly culinary) adventures […]Read more "high on peru"
I’m not much of a planner. I also tend to dawdle. The combination of these factors meant that I stayed in Cusco for nearly 2 weeks – which is the total length of the vacations of some people I met here. I didn’t think I would spend much time in Cusco. I had booked a […]Read more "how to never leave cusco"
Days turn into weeks. On this trip, I constantly astonish myself when I see the calendar – how is it the start of a new month already? When I was a child every hour of the day passed with absolute clarity and I felt every hour – afternoons were long and lazy; a month felt […]Read more "where has the time gone? "
“The Laguna Colorada was a vivid clay red, thanks to the algae in the water reacting to the sun, clashing prettily with the bright pink of the flamingos that live there — three species of flamingo reside in the altiplano; they are obviously much tougher birds than I gave them credit for. In the background, […]Read more "salt rocks "
Full-length mirrors in the rooms Free filtered water if tap water isn’t drinkable, or perhaps an electric kettle to boil water (bottled water is so wasteful bad for the environment!) Showers in which the water drains quickly Consistent hot water that doesn’t go Sockets by the bunks Hooks for towels at the bunks Wifi that […]Read more "hostels: a wishlist"