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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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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Is Bolivia one of the most beautiful countries in the world?

Whoever says that Toyotas (and Japanese cars in general) don’t break down is a liar. This was all too obvious as we were pushing a 2-and-a-half-ton Land Cruiser at the highest point of a four-day tour around the incredible landscapes of south-western Bolivia. Exerting this much energy at over 5,000m above sea-level was a killer, …

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Visiting Tarija: Bolivia’s wine country.

The one and only time I went wine-tasting was a couple of years ago in France. I ended up drunk because I refused to spit the wine out. I know you’re not supposed to swallow it, but to me it seemed like a waste of perfectly good wine. Although I didn’t know that Bolivia produced …

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Discovering Dinosaurs in Sucre

Sucre might just be one of the most beautiful cities not just in Bolivia, but the whole of South America. Dramatically surrounded by mountains, the whole centre is whitewashed and colonial – complete with churches, parks, and a mountain of cafés where you can sit and while away the day. Bolivia’s chocolate capital is the …

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Riding Mi teleférico – La Paz’s unique public transport system.

Arriving in a huge, new city at night like La Paz is a really exciting feeling. Especially entering from one of the highest points (El Alto) at over 4,000m above sea level. From such a height, the glittering lights of the city and its unique public transport system, made up of cable cars, were spread …

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Just how good a meal can you get for £10?

Although Peru has a reputation for being the foodie capital of South America, for me it was very hit and miss. Undeniably, Peru boasts some exquisite dishes, but to enjoy them cooked well you have to go to a high-end restaurant, and on a backpacker’s budget this isn’t possible to do on a regular basis. …

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