12 March 2019 – Coming to Colombia on a whim and experiencing culture shock all over again

12 March 2019 – Coming to Colombia on a whim and experiencing culture shock all over again

Ok I’m kind of lying when I say I came here on a whim. I knew I was coming here but didn’t plan to come here so quickly. I initially planned to come to Colombia by catching a 4-5 day slow boat from Brazil… It was a ridiculously tough decision for me because I was [...]

Chivalry is not dead (at least in South America)

Chivalry is not dead (at least in South America)

1 March 2019 – just a random thought about Brazil, South America and self-confidence This entry is very personal to me. So enjoy, be gentle and understand I’m opening the doors of my heart to you. I’m allowing my vulnerable enemy to attack and potentially breaking my healing wounds. Judgment is a natural human reaction…but [...]

A three hour walk through the favela of Rocinha (the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro)

A three hour walk through the favela of Rocinha (the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro)

25 January 2019  I'm not a huge fan of going on any tour let alone a walking tour but for some strange reason, I signed up for a walking tour of a favela in Rio de Janeiro I found on the Couchsurfing Hangout App.  You might wonder ~ why would you bother going on a [...]

2 January 2019: Goodbye Rio de Janeiro, hello Rio Das Ostras. My first BlaBlaCar (hitch-hiking) experience in Brazil

2 January 2019: Goodbye Rio de Janeiro, hello Rio Das Ostras. My first BlaBlaCar (hitch-hiking) experience in Brazil

I'm currently waiting at some random petrol station for my driver which I found via a hitch hiking app. He's running late... In fact, I don't even know if he's coming. I wish I had someone with me because I need to go to the toilet but I don't trust anyone to look after my [...]

Sunday 4 November 2018: Goodbye Hanoi (for now) – catching the bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang

Sunday 4 November 2018: Goodbye Hanoi (for now) – catching the bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang

Hola everyone!! It's been a while since I posted something... If I had to tell you the truth...it's because I've been too busy enjoying myself and living in the moment in Brazil (I'm in serious love with this country). It's only now that I've had a minute to actually do a little bit of work [...]

Quirks of Vietnam – what I noticed and learned after six weeks

Quirks of Vietnam – what I noticed and learned after six weeks

It's always interesting when you're traveling and realise how much you've learnt about a culture from being in a country...whether it's from being scammed or ripped off, having transport issues or simply just standing on a street and observing. And undoubtedly, the longer you're in a place, the more things you notice, the more mistakes [...]