Bienvenido a Perù

My first few days in Peru have been great. I’ve stopped several times and thought to myself, “I can’t believe I’m actually here and doing this!” and then a big grin appears on my face.

Over the last several days I’ve wandered the streets of Lima and Arequipa, soaked in a lot of Inca history and also managed to visit the spectacular Colca Canyon – I was even lucky enough to see some cute Vicuñas, Alpacas and Llamas and the mighty Condor birds in the canyon! It’s been a pretty amazing time so far aside from a small bout of altitude sickness when I reached around 4900m. From watching colourful sunsets, being surrounded by mountains and volcanoes, bathing in thermal hot springs and sampling delicious Peruvian food… it’s been an eventful and fun few days.

Below are some pics from the last few days:

Lakes in Tocra




Pata Pampa


Mirador Wayra Punku


Colca Canyon


Condors in the Canyon


Living Out of a Bag

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” ~ Susan Heller

All my worldly possessions for the next 3 months in this one bag…no space for luxury or comfort (or handbags and nice shoes!)…


After packing and re-packing about 10 times, I finally have my bags packed and am ready to go!


How To Greet A Penguin

With less than a week to go until I begin my South American adventure, I’m a little nervous but mostly just incredibly excited.

When I think about all the amazing places I’ll get to see, the people I’ll get to meet and the food I’ll get to taste, the most exciting thought is the prospect of standing on the ice-covered land of Antarctica, with hundreds of penguins waddling around me. Leaving aside thoughts of packing, itineraries and flights, and questions such as ‘what if I freeze?’ or ‘do I have enough money?’, the foremost thought in my mind right now is… ‘how do I greet a penguin?’.

If you’re interested in seeing photos, hearing travel stories or just reading my random ramblings as I travel… watch this space…