The cave of fears

Today I’m an artist. I’ve had some of my paintings accepted for an exhibition that opens on Saturday and I’m madly finishing them off, attaching D rings to the backs, signing them and packaging them for transport so I can deliver them to the gallery. I’m freaking out. Just ask my friend Sam, who I’ve... Continue Reading →

Re-entry

The backpacks are unpacked. Laundry finished. Passports put away. Hiking boots back in the cupboard. Coming home from a big trip can be a bit surreal. To re-enter ‘normal’ life after having the kind of adventures I’ve had for the past few weeks can feel like a bit of a let down. I feel changed... Continue Reading →

A Feast for the Senses

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love to travel. How I believe travel feeds the mind, body and soul. But sometimes travel, meeting new people, having new experiences, isn’t enough. Sometimes I need real food to feed me too. Traveling with coeliac disease can be difficult. It can be downright impossible to find... Continue Reading →

An Amazon adventure

I started my career straight out of university as a communications assistant for World Wildlife Fund in Washington, DC. Bottom of the totem pole in the department when I started, I ended up working for the organisation for five years and when I left, was the Communications Manager for WWF-Australia. Working for a global conservation... Continue Reading →

A day of rest in Peru

For the first time since we arrived more than a week ago we could sleep as long as we wanted. 7.00am. Yep, we made it until 7.00am and then had to have breakfast. The train arrived back from Machu Picchu too late for dinner last night so we were pretty hungry. The train service served... Continue Reading →

A day at Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu. It is incredible. It’s an incredibly spiritual place. It’s also an incredible feat of engineering. An incredible place of natural beauty. An incredible place for astronomical study and agricultural research. An incredible place that remained hidden from the world for so long. We had an incredible day. Up early (again!) and we were... Continue Reading →

Finding the ‘real’ Peru

On any adventure the fun things that happen on the journey are as important (and some times more surprising and fun) than what happens at the destination. I’m hoping Machu Picchu lives up to the destination hype tomorrow morning, but today (Saturday) Zoë and I have had a fabulous time getting to Aguas Calientes, the... Continue Reading →

Acclimatising to Altitude

Our overnight bus journey turned into an adventure. The bus was an hour late leaving Nasca — we didn’t depart until 12.30am. Needless to say we were both exhausted by the time we took off. Luckily we had booked the big, plush seats that reclined 160 degrees, with leg rests, blankets and pillows. At least... Continue Reading →

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