Reflections on a crazy half-year

It was back in September when I left my home, friends, and family in Europe to teach English in Ecuador. At that time, I had no idea what to expect – I’d signed up for a teaching job in a city that I’d never heard of with a school that, let’s be honest, was an …

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I like Valparaíso, but it took a while to be convinced…

One of Chile’s most popular tourist destinations, there’s a lot to like about Valparaíso. That’s what people kept telling me anyway, but it took a lot of effort to find this stuff, and at first I really hated the place (okay, perhaps hate is a bit strong, but it was very hot, and a bit …

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There’s nothing to do in Santiago? What a load of rubbish.

Anyone who says that there’s nothing to do in Santiago is lying to you. I only booked one night in the city, thinking I’d be heading straight to Valparaíso and just using it as a stopover. However, it didn’t take me long to extend and that wasn’t because my hostel offered me 15% off. Just …

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Why the seafood market is the best thing about Santiago, and possibly the whole of Chile.

Chile is the longest country in the world, and most of this narrow country is coastline. It stands to reason then, that there must be some pretty good seafood, right? Even though Chile’s not famed for its food (except for empanadas), I was still excited to try what was on offer (like everywhere else I’ve …

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San Pedro de Atacama – a land of superlatives

San Pedro de Atacama, one of the northernmost towns in Chile is an intriguing place. Although there are more tourism agencies in the three streets of the town than actual people living there (20% are operated by robots) and it’s crazy expensive, the natural beauty surrounding the town more than makes up for it. 6 …

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A beginner’s guide to sandboarding

The Atacama Desert is the driest place on earth and gets an average of just 15mm of rain a year. That’s 0.6 inches. Thousands of tourists visit though, thanks to unusual rock formations like Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), numerous salt lakes, and opportunities to climb some of volcanoes in the Andes mountain range. …

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Yes, Bolivia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

They say that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. This is certainly the case in the Bolivian town of Uyuni. Less than half an hour from the town is one of the natural wonders of the world – the Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni salt flat), where the skies and the ground come together, …

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