24 hours in Trujillo.

My first thoughts on arriving in Trujillo was that I’d made a massive mistake booking 2 nights here. Spending 13 hours on the night bus from Chachapoyas should have brought me somewhere that wasn’t so bleak. The sky was grey, horns were blaring, and the traffic was gridlocked. Except when something was cutting up the …

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4 days in Chachapoyas – one of Peru’s best kept secrets.

Chachapoyas is a small, colonial city that I hadn’t even heard of until 3 days before I arrived there. It’s a sleepy town that comes alive during the evenings, where there's traditional dancing in the streets and a really relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The historic centre is full of uniformly whitewashed buildings with brown balconies, …

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Travel, Grindr, and staying safe.

This is not a travel story, rather a story about something that happened while travelling. Sexual harassment (n) harassment (typically of a woman) in a workplace, or other professional or social situation, involving the making of unwanted sexual advances or obscene remarks. Sexual harassment doesn’t just happen to women. I’ve spent a long time writing …

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Beaten up and spat on by an old lady in Cuenca.

I always say that in a fight, I would rather be punched than spat on. For me, spitting is vile, and one of the most disrespectful things you can do to someone. Therefore, I’ve no idea why I spent part of my morning voluntarily being spat on by an elderly, Ecuadorian lady. Before you get …

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