Monthly Archives: December 2012

Top 15 South America highlights: our year in pictures

December 31st, 2012 (19 Comments)

This time last year, our journey was still a dream. I had another couple of months at work, we needed to find tenants for our house and the number 2012 was still synonymous with the Olympics. Now, twelve months later, that number has come to symbolize the year the dream came true. Choosing to travel […]

Death, Christmas and a different sort of day

December 28th, 2012 (16 Comments)

Lying back into Steve’s arms, listening to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes around a beach fire as new and dear friends danced around in the sand under the starry sky, I smiled and started to think that perhaps Christmas could be okay again. Then, out of the shadows, appeared a girl crying to one […]

Photo of the week: sunset over Lake Titicaca

December 21st, 2012 (1 Comment)

People complain about Copacabana in Bolivia. The usual gripes of too much tourism. But it’s a gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular lakes, the food is great and there are sunsets like this one. We loved it there. See more photos in our photo story on Isla del Sol.

Shades of light on Lake Titicaca’s Isla del Sol: a photo story

December 18th, 2012 (2 Comments)

“You have to go to Isla del Sol – it’s magical,” were common words as we travelled through Bolivia. It’s the legendary birthplace of the Incas, where the god Viracocha made his first mystical appearance, and it’s full of Inca ruins. People tend to wax lyrical about it’s tranquil, mystical nature, and we were keen […]

Review: Bauhouse Hostel and Bar, Cuenca

December 17th, 2012 (No Comments)

Details Bauhouse Hostel and Bar, Benigno Malo10-31, Cuenca, Ecuador Price $10 for a dorm and $32 for a double. In a nutshell Sleekly designed hipster party hostel and bar for the nocturnal. We loved it the first two nights, but hated it the day we left after being kept awake until the early hours by a party. […]

Photo of the Week: the last safe place on Earth

December 14th, 2012 (2 Comments)

When fleeing from the shape-shifting reptilians and the end of the world, the fearful Vilcabamba ex-pats also demonstrate great taste. The town, considered to be the last safe place on earth, is magically gorgeous, every day revealing a different light. This golden downpour was one of our favourites. Read more about Vilcabamba, land of conspiracy […]

Welcome to Vilcabamba, land of conspiracy theorists…

December 11th, 2012 (9 Comments)

“There’s a lot of that going round – loads of panic attacks,” said the long-haired, wiry Californian. His wild-eyed companion peered around nervously before speculating: “They must be interfering again.” I wondered who the ‘they’ were that they referred to – a mysterious force causing endemic panic attacks. It sounded like something out of a […]

A note on dreams from a very proud girlfriend…

December 7th, 2012 (10 Comments)

Today is the day that the dream comes true. At 15, while I was reading Heat and worrying about the colour of my hair, Steve was delving into Buddhist philosophy, cosmic theories and anything he could get his hands on that might help him understand this world we live in. That enquiry grew into a […]

If I had a Superpower: Kash the Budget Traveller

December 5th, 2012 (4 Comments)

Kash Bhattacharya, 33, was born in England, grew up in Calcutta, and has spent the last 14 years in Scotland. He’s the king of budget travel in Europe and has an awesome series on luxury hostels. He’s also a born ringleader and made a fine job of herding bloggers to parties at TBU and TBEX […]