Monthly Archives: September 2012

Photo of the week: mega galaxy above San Pedro de Atacama

September 28th, 2012 (3 Comments)

We journeyed to San Pedro de Atacama partly in search of its promised cosmic vistas of our local neighbourhood galaxy. One night we took a guided ‘star tour’ out of the town to gaze through a dozen telescopes( ranging from the modest to the elaborate) at star clusters, nebulae, breathtakingly bright binary stars and saturn, […]

Marketing, manipulation and authenticity: lessons learned at TBEX

September 26th, 2012 (37 Comments)

A couple of weeks ago, on the first day of the TBU travel blogging conference in Porto, I waxed lyrical about having found my passion and feeling hyped about being a travel blogger. I had been inspired by Dave and Deb of the Planet D‘s keynote speech. Since then, things haven’t been so simple. I’ve […]

When fears become fun: sandboarding in San Pedro de Atacama

September 25th, 2012 (8 Comments)

Sandboarding in San Pedro de Atacama is one of the most popular activities in Chile’s oasis in the desert. I wasn’t keen – my co-ordination is abysmal and I’ve never done anything like it before, but when the lady in the tour shop asked “why don’t you want to do it? It’s fun,” I had […]

Eight things to love about Salta, Argentina

September 20th, 2012 (3 Comments)

We spent about six weeks in Salta, Argentina and fell in love with its laid-back charm, cobbled streets and terracotta roofs. Practically the whole town closes from 1-5pm – even the surgeons go home to spend time with their families – giving a taste of the pace of life and values of the city. These […]

What life would have been like if I’d never left my hometown

September 17th, 2012 (22 Comments)

My mum’s family are homebirds. At one point there were four generations living under one roof at Nan’s house. My mum and I were the only women in the family not living within a 10-mile radius, and we were only an hour down the motorway. I was never like that: the black sheep who aged […]

Photo of the week: the magnificence of whales

September 15th, 2012 (No Comments)

Seeing southern right whales in Puerto Madryn was one of the highlights of our trip so far. The whole boat was silenced into awe as the magnificent creatures inched closer to our boat. This one came particularly close, spraying its breath into the air as it surfaced. Wow, was all I could think.

Where to eat, drink and go out in Barcelona

September 14th, 2012 (10 Comments)

Yesterday I wrote my tops tips for what to do in Barcelona, one of my favourite cities in the world. Here’s the second part. covering one of the best aspects of the city – where to eat, drink and go out in Barcelona

Things to do in Barcelona, my home from home

September 11th, 2012 (2 Comments)

Barcelona will always be dear to my heart. It’s where I overcame heartbreak and re-found my independence – and later where Steve and I got together. I was always told I’d love it there, but I approached the city cautiously, nervous it might not live up to expectations. That was back in the summer of […]

Living the life you want to, not the life you think you should: inspiration from Travel Bloggers Unite

September 8th, 2012 (21 Comments)

Coming to the Travel Bloggers Unite conference in Porto was a tricky decision. I had to make the journey from Peru so it wasn’t a simple case of catching a budget flight from Europe. I agonised over it. Could I justify the cost? This was an obvious consideration – but more than that it was […]

Photo of the week: gliding over Salta

September 7th, 2012 (2 Comments)

The iconic teleferico in Salta became out guiding star whenever we felt lost in the city. I took this photo from the top of Cerro San Bernardo. It looks so peaceful, yet high-speed pop music was blaring out on a stereo behind. It was part of a temporary gym that’s been stationed atop the hill. […]