In retrospect, my bus journey from Popayán to San Agustin in Colombia seems quite funny! I can now laugh at myself: the foreign girl falling apart who couldn’t speak Spanish, sobbing uncontrollably in her crappy bus seat with a dog at her feet, on a remote dusty road full of pot holes, heading towards the Ecuador border. After experiencing what could be described as culture shock, San Agustin was worth every moment of getting there. Getting To San Agustin After a hospitable stay in a remarkable ‘finca’ in Cali with my friends Jim and Sofi, an Australian man and Colombian woman, they kindly drove me to Popayán. They wanted to make sure I made it to my destination OK and got on the right bus. In Popayán, I would stay overnight and connect with a bus to San Agustin the following morning. I was recovering from an illness which had me vomiting and running to the toilet (at the other end also) for the days prior, so I felt pretty ‘shitty’ and low on energy. Which no doubt extenuated their friendly concern for me, now a weak non Spanish speaking woman venturing into remote areas of Colombia alone. We dined […]
As people “prepare” for Christmas day all over the world, many complaining they are contending with shopping crowds, family stress, mounting debt and meal preparation in gluttonous overload, here in Tulum, Mexico – it just doesn’t feel like a “normal” Christmas. What a relief! Many previous years I have “bought” into the “busyness” – spending too much money on misguided gifts, suffering department stores queues whilst being sent insane with carols on repeat, going to Christmas parties and trying to get all my work done for the year, so I could get a few days off. I can understand on this mouse wheel how people forget the greatest gifts of all. Even off it, the sentiment of the day has been somewhat lost by many. Aside from the lights on the main street and in the squares here in Tulum, as well as the intense influx of tourists, the higher prices, rally car driving conditions on crowded roads and the extra glittering paraphernalia in the local budget store, Christmas is a lot more low key here – the emphasis is not really on purchasing gifts. I am happy to escape the consumerism which transpires in many other regions. I’m sure the locals […]
In the west of Colombia, towards the Ecuador border in the Andes Mountains, is the mesmerising San Agustin. It is home to the San Agustin Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most fascinating and intriguing archaeological site in South America.
Planning a trip to Colombia? You may be familiar with Cartagena, Bogota, Medellin or Tayrona National Park near Santa Marta as popular destinations to visit. Yet, if you're heading to this magic land of nature, coffee, salsa music and dance, jungle and ocean - don't forget Colombia's natural biodiversity. It's the second country after Brazil in this realm. This is where San Agustin, Minca and Sapzurro come in - they all showcase the countries natural diversity in all its glory.
Tulum is well known for its iconic cliff-top Mayan castle and temple overlooking the Caribbean Sea. But delve a little deeper into this coastal Mexican town and discover its incredible underground river system, picturesque swimming holes, known as cenotes, and other local natural wonders.
Here are 5 Things to Do (That Aren't The Cliff-Top Ruins)
In honour of World Clean Up Day, I've written a letter to Australian Supermarkets and their customers: Banning Plastic Bags Is Just A Drop In The Ocean. Horrified to hear through BBC News international that some customers acted abusively to staff when a new law was introduced for major supermarkets in Australia to stop providing free reusable bags at the checkout, I have been prompted into action - to write. I'm not perfect, I do what I can for the environment but like everyone I can get lazy. Yet having seen some horrific sites first hand on the plastic catastrophe which is occurring in the world's oceans, my concerns have deepened. I am exercising what I have in my control - to share information and ideas through this blog, Thanks for reading and please do what you can for our precious Earth!
It’s a pleasure and honour to share with you some of the highlights from my travels! I hope you enjoy my entry into Cover-More's travel video competition The Ultimate Traveller 2018, Say Yes to New Adventures!