Microadventure: January

"How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home." - William Faulkner It's still vivid in my mind, although it's one of my more faded travel memories. I was lying beneath a fan in a soft white room, listening to the gentle whop of the blades as they cut through … Continue reading Microadventure: January

How To Talk Like A Mexican: Part Two

This is the fourth of a series of three posts on the vocabulary of the three countries I visited in Latin America: Ecuador, Colombia, and Mexico. I collected expressions from friends and from conversations around me. Most of the three vocabularies are in Spanish, but they also include words in Quichua, Nahuatl, and Czech, among … Continue reading How To Talk Like A Mexican: Part Two

How To Talk Like A Mexican: Part One

This is the third of a series of three posts on the vocabulary of the three countries I visited in Latin America: Ecuador, Colombia, and Mexico. I collected expressions from friends and from conversations around me. Most of the three vocabularies are in Spanish, but they also include words in Quichua, Nahuatl, and Czech, among … Continue reading How To Talk Like A Mexican: Part One

How To Talk Like An Ecuadorian

This is the first of a series of three posts on the vocabulary of the three countries I visited in Latin America: Ecuador, Colombia, and Mexico. I collected expressions from friends and from conversations around me. Most of the three vocabularies are in Spanish, but include Quichua, Nahuatl, and Czech, among others. Language is a fascinating … Continue reading How To Talk Like An Ecuadorian

Don’t Worry About Me/Sabor A Mi

I touched down on Tuesday afternoon. Through the haze of glass and jet-lag, to my right I could see my first views of the United Kingdom in 2016. There were busses and grey skies, Stand on the left and Left baggage. With the familiar was juxtaposed the strange, or strangely familiar. Why was everyone so pale, … Continue reading Don’t Worry About Me/Sabor A Mi

Mexico No.8 – Una guia para Guanajuato (en progreso)

Por la primera:¡gracias por leer mi blog! Me da mucho feliz que alguien esta interesado en lo que hago en mis dias viajando por Mexico. He hecho tantos amigos aqui en Mexico, personas generosas y amables y calidos, y quiero agradecerlos por sus amistades durante las ultimas cuatros meses. Este entrada, entonces, es mi manera … Continue reading Mexico No.8 – Una guia para Guanajuato (en progreso)

Travels in Colombia No.5: Volcan de Totumo

On the Caribbean coast of Colombia is one of the strangest tourists attractions you'll ever find: an isolated clay pot, twenty metres high, bubbling inside with warm, scented mud. Visitors to Volcan de Totumo come to bathe in the mud, receive unctuous massages, and take hilarious selfies. I went to Totumo twice. The first time, … Continue reading Travels in Colombia No.5: Volcan de Totumo

Travels in Colombia No.4: Feria de Manizales

April 18th, 2016The year began excellently, with a week-long stay at the 60th Feria de Manizales in the Eje Cafetero in Caldas Province, Colombia. While we were in Manizales we saw beauty queens, jugglers, birdmen, wild dancers, rappers, artists, street vendors, beggars, tourists, touts and vendors. This is a city that is painted red by … Continue reading Travels in Colombia No.4: Feria de Manizales

Travels in Colombia No.3: The Cocora Valley

December 30th, 2015What is it that makes an experience unique?Yesterday we discussed this on our walk to our campsite (beyond the 'Al Rio' sign we found at the end of this post). We had believed Salento to be a picturesque little town curled sleepily among the sunlit coffee bushes, waiting to be discovered. Instead, we … Continue reading Travels in Colombia No.3: The Cocora Valley

Travels in Colombia No.2: The Coffee Zone

December 29th, 2015In the central highlands of Colombia, a crop grows like wildfire. It flourishes on every hill and valley as far as the eye can see: enamelled green leaves with crinkle-cut edges, and glossy, dark red berries hanging like earrings below, spaced out on the vine. Coffee is intimately familiar to me. I associate … Continue reading Travels in Colombia No.2: The Coffee Zone