Watching the World Through Flowers

Watching the World Through Flowers

While walking, weird, wacky and sometimes just plain pretty berries and plants pop out along the way. I got into the habit of spying at my hiking partners (and the route) through a flowery lens… Colca Canyon, Peru… Quebrada de los Berros, Mendoza… Valle Central, Chile… El Bolsón, Argentina…

Textures of South America

Textures of South America

As well as star-gazing, while travelling a lot of ground-staring takes up my time. Sometimes this is to avoid stacking it spectacularly when hiking (as a wise Bostonian I met in Bolivia once said: “I’m in a perpetual state of falling”).  Other times, my eyes are glued to the floor in order to take in … Continue reading

Why You Won’t “Find Yourself” Travelling

Why You Won’t “Find Yourself” Travelling

Along with shower flip flops and tiny bottles of shampoo, people squeeze a lot of overused ideas about travel into their backpacks.  But here’s one of the doozies: The idea that travelling is synonymous with “finding yourself.”  Now, I admit that before heading off on my first big overseas trip, I was pretty sure I … Continue reading

Ayacucho: An Often Forgotten Corner in Peru

Ayacucho: An Often Forgotten Corner in Peru

Lying several bumpy hours on a bus from Lima (as is the case with most of Peru) is Ayacucho.  A city famed for its 33 churches (one for each year of Jesus’ life) and role as base camp for the Sendero Luminoso’s terror campaign of the 1980s, its name, derived from the native Quechua, can … Continue reading