What I packed for 3 months in South America

I backpacked around Chile, staying in hostels, as well as travelling in Bolivia on the weekends; worked in Bolivia, stayed in hotels in Peru (with my mum), and visited a range of climates – the jungle, salt flats, hiking in national parks, staying in cities, staying near the coast, mountains. Also La Paz is quite […]

Bolivia is burning, the President’s run away, and all the flights are cancelled

After a few weeks of protests in Bolivia, following the national elections (and Morales’ subsequent ‘victory’), I decided it would be a good time to leave the country. A few events motivated this decision: 1, airlines had cancelled several international flights; 2, protester were blockading access to the airport, and 3, the Year Abroad administrator […]

10 minutes from tear gas

‘There is a risk that demonstrations will turn violent at short notice. You should avoid large crowds or public demonstrations and do not attempt to cross blockades.’ read the Gov. UK website, in the ‘Safety and Security’ section for Bolivia. I read all the guides several times, making sure to prepare for any eventuality, and […]

The Bolivian Amazon, and a parasitic infection

Keen to absorb the local cultures of my adopted country, I developed a parasitic infection. What better way is there to take in a country, than by literally ingesting and secreting its lifeforms? It’s merely compensation for the generosity extended to me by my host nation, becoming a host for its inhabitants. Getting a parasitic […]

A weekend in Cochabamba

La Paz is great. Really, it is. Unless you count the noise and the pollution and the cars honking and the graffiti and the 3,600m altitude and the occasional whiff of urine – then you might decide you need a holiday. Ingredients for a successful break usually include some or all of the following: food, […]

Lake Titicaca and the birthplace of the Sun

Again I found myself awake before 6am – but this morning I was on time. Guided by the light of the Inca Gods and the services of Vicuña Travel and Tours (‘Follow me in the social network’), we were soon bumping up and down the roads of La Paz. Three bus changes and a certain […]

Agua es vida: working with communities in the altiplano.

It is 6.10 a.m and I am already late. The bus to the altiplano region is leaving from the other side of town in 20 minutes, and it is key that I do not miss this transport : the first village we are to visit is a little over 2 1/2 hours away on rocky […]

San Pedro de Atacama, the desert / salt flats / nature reserve.

After a pleasant few days in touristy San Pedro, it was time to venture into the wilderness. Hostal Rural helpfully booked a three-day tour with Tambo Loma Expediciones for me, and at 6 am the following day I found myself in a jeep en route to the Bolivian border. This excursion, which stretches to either […]

Nice to meet you

Student at the University of Cambridge, reading Modern and Medieval Languages (French and Spanish), enjoys reading & writing and so is attempting to make a living from it as a ‘proper adult’, currently on my year abroad in La Paz, Bolivia, and Lyon, France. Did my Dad peer pressure you into reading this?