“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 sic-fi movie – but instead of some other dimension or imagined future hell-hole, I was in Vilcabamba, a small, and very beautiful, valley town in Southern Ecuador – which has recently become home to a very particular breed of gringo. Read more
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 dream to share the things he read with the rest of the world – to bring those ideas to a wider audience and help us as a planet to better understand ourselves. Read more
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 this summer. Find him at The Budget Traveller. Read more
Before we did the three-day tour to Bolivia’s salt flats, we were often warned about the hellish first night spent in freezing cold temperatures at a high altitude in very basic accommodation. Luckily for us, the altitude and cold were bearable, and even basic accommodation looks luxurious with this view. This is a snippet from our three-part photo series on our adventure into Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni.
When I first met Marcello at TBEX, I was a little taken aback by the smooth-talking travel blogging stock trader, but he quickly became one of my favourite people. He blogs at Wandering Trader, and I’d definitely recommend watching his videos – he’s bloody hilarious. Marcello, 28, was born in Venzuela, is half-Spanish and half-Italian, and he grew up in Italy, Venezuela and the US. Read more
An elfin-like girl perches on a chair, slicing her bow expertly across the strings as she winks and smiles at the dreadlocked guitarist. He’s the kind of man I can’t imagine ever not being topless. The singer sways with stoned, sparkling eyes, and the crowd dances wildly to the klezmer mix.
I sit to the side, entranced by the joyous scene, tapping my feet out of synch with the music. Mind patterns from the past creep in – why can’t I play an instrument? I wish I had that talent. I wish I were gorgeous. I wish I were cool. Why can’t I let go? I want to be confident and content like them – the types of thoughts that send one into a black hole of tangled envy and self-depreciation with the repeated mantra ‘not good enough, not good enough’. Read more