Five days in Paris is always a good idea (part 2)

Saturday 9th February – Monday 11th February 2019

After two days of exploring Paris by myself, spent wandering around museums and eating whatever I wanted whenever I wanted it (I’d had a great time), Saturday arrived and with it came my friends. I’d had a lovely time solo but I was looking forward to seeing them – I just had a few other things I wanted to do first.

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Five days in Paris is always a good idea (part 1)

Thursday 7th February – Friday 8th February 2019

For me, 2019 marks the first year of 30th birthdays (not mine). The first of these was at the beginning of the month. My housemate decided to use her 30th as an excuse to get a group of her friends to go to Paris for a weekend. Obviously I was game. In fact I was so game that I arrived two days before the weekend’s events kicked off. Continue reading “Five days in Paris is always a good idea (part 1)”

South America Part Four: Bolivia (La Paz to Uyuni Salt Flats & Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve)

Monday 24th July – Friday 28th July 2017 

My backpacking adventure to South America lasted a mere three weeks. This was already an inordinately short amount of time, which I could easily have spent entirely in Peru but my friend and I decided to duck out of the country, between our trips to Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain, for a few days to visit one of Peru’s neighbours: Bolivia. We had a specific destination in mind that made it worth a whirlwind visit: the Salt Flats in Uyuni.

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South America Part Three: Peru (Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain)

Tuesday 11th July – Monday 31st July 2017

We returned to Cusco from our Amazon trip and Puerto Maldonado but we didn’t stay for long before we hit the road again for our next adventure. This time we had booked a tour from an agency in Cusco that would take us to what must be Peru’s most famous offering: Machu Picchu. There are several different ways of getting there, via the nearest town of Aguas Calientes. You can simply get the train or you can spend several days trekking the famous Inca Trail or the longer Salkantay Trek. Another option is to do what my friend and I did and take the adventure route. Continue reading “South America Part Three: Peru (Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain)”

South America Part Two: Peru (Cusco, Puerto Maldonado & the Amazon)

Tuesday 11th July – Monday 31st July 2017

After a 17 hour overnight coach ride from Ica, we arrived in Cusco. The journey wasn’t as bad as it sounds. We travelled with a company called Palomino. The ticket prices weren’t bad but unlike our Cruz Del Sur bus, we didn’t get our own in-bus entertainment screens. There was one TV between everyone on the ground floor of the double decker coach and that was playing in Spanish, which made particular sense since our bus companions mainly seemed to be locals as opposed to fellow backpackers. Continue reading “South America Part Two: Peru (Cusco, Puerto Maldonado & the Amazon)”

South America Part One: Peru (Lima, Huacachina & Paracas)

Tuesday 11th July – Monday 31st July 2017

My three week trip to Peru and Bolivia did not start drama free. On the Sunday before my Tuesday flight, I received a text from British Airways, telling me that the first leg of my journey – from Heathrow to Madrid – had been cancelled. Many stressed out minutes later, I had managed to rebook myself onto a flight that would be taking off just an hour before. Crisis averted. Things picked up en route when I got an upgrade for the second part of my journey. I’d be spending the 11 hour flight from Madrid to Lima with Iberia in business class. Continue reading “South America Part One: Peru (Lima, Huacachina & Paracas)”

Berlin Vol. 11: Four Days of Christmas (Markets)

Friday 7 December – Monday 10 December 2018

For two years in a row, my Dad and I went to the Christmas markets in Berlin to do our Christmas shopping. This year, I thought we would have to break what could have become a tradition. I was going to be going away for a long weekend around Christmas but this year the plan was to go to Tromso with a friend from university. I’d booked the time off work but before I booked my flights, my friend announced he had to cancel due to work commitments. Continue reading “Berlin Vol. 11: Four Days of Christmas (Markets)”