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Guatemala: Guatemala City, Antigua, Santa Elena and Melchor De Menos

I entered Guatemala through the Mexico border and took a bus to Guatemala City. Crossing the border is an intimidating experience – people freely walk across both sides, so anyone can pretend to be anybody and there are no defined gates to separate the two countries. Upon arriving at the El Dorado bus station in […]

Costa Rica: The Forest Will Provide

Vines make up 30% of the forest’s mass,” Sergio said, pointing to the canopy below us. We had passed the line between new and old-growth forest, and the wind changed. The breeze grew stronger and the smell of moisture intensified. Relaxing in the verdant air, we continued onward, high above the dry rainforest of Costa […]

Antigua, Guatemala: A Few Days Well Spent

To anyone with a passing familiarity with Spanish, the fact that Antigua is ancient is no surprise. What I didn’t expect is just how incredible it would be. Much of the town centre retains its distinctive colonial era buildings, and as a result has been awarded UNESCO world heritage status. Whilst much of the colourful […]

Cusco, Peru: CooperarPeru

Volunteering at an after-school education program in Cusco, Peru was one of the most intense, but rewarding experiences I’ve encountered during my travels throughout South America. To get the most out of it, and give the most back, it takes a lot of planning, dedication and patience, so I would not recommend doing it on […]

Buenos Aires, Argentina: From Football to Performance Art

From football to performance art and traditional Argentinean ‘asado,’ Buenos Aires has it all. When I arrived in the city, I never realized it would be so cosmopolitan – it actually reminded me a lot of New York with its subway system, tree-lined streets and vast buildings….as well as the disparity of wealth. Within 100 […]

Argentina: A Glimpse of the Land of the Gaucho

I’d been to Brazil back in the 80s, but my experience in South America was fairly limited when I booked a flight for a short trip to Argentina many years later. I knew it was a soccer-mad country and, through my involvement in Rugby Union, I had met a few Argentinians following their national side […]

Mexico City, Mexico: A Five Star Destination

I stumbled upon Mexico City by accident last summer, and what I mean by that is I had never really singled out the Mexican capital as a city to be on my bucket list, nor did I know much about it at all. I was searching for a cheap weekend getaway at a travel agency […]

Brazil: From Samba to the Amazon

Falling in Love with Brazil was easy. My love affair started in Rio. I took a flight from Sydney via Tahiti and Santiago de Chile to Rio de Janeiro. Little did I know how much this journey would change me. Brazil and South America got under my skin and the love of the latin life […]

Quito, Ecuador: How to Raise a Family Abroad

We moved to Quito, Ecuador in 2004. Our three oldest children were in 6th grade, 4th grade and 3rd grade, and had up until that point been exclusively home-schooled. In the space of six months – from January to June of that year – we moved them to another country, enrolled them in school and […]

Tambor Beach, Costa Rica: Pet Pigs and Sea Monsters

When we landed in Costa Rica, I knew we were going to have an enjoyable time. The airport was an international airport, but it felt more like a small regional one. There was only one runaway and just a handful of terminals. It was pleasant getting off the airplane and not being totally confused as […]