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Costa Rica

January 25, 2018

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Costa Rica has one of the highest happiness indices in the world for its population so it seemed like a great place to rendez vous with my parents. It dissolved its navy and military 80 years this year because the government decided it was better to spend money on health and education for its people […]

Eat, Sleep, Dive

January 25, 2018

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Anyone who has been on a live-aboard will understand the importance of good company. You’re living in unbelievably close quarters, sharing meal times and down time together. If it goes pear-shaped the temptation to drown your fellow shipmates is high. Out at sea, in confined spaces everything is heightened. Komodo in Indonesia was my first […]

Fierce Women

January 15, 2018

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I was recently interviewed in Guatemala about my life and adventures by a group called the Fierce Women’s Collective. Answering questions is a concept that is actually much harder for a control freak/journalist than I’d like to admit. If you ‘re interested here’s the link, click on it below. I think it makes a better […]

Belize

January 6, 2018

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It might only be next door to Guatemala but my God what a different culture exists in Belize. After spending two hours in the immigration line and a confused officer misreading my occupation as “DRIVER” not “DIVER” until I shook my fins at him I hurried towards the exit. I was the last passenger from […]

El Peten – Tikal

January 6, 2018

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I awoke bright eyed and bushy tailed on New Years Day. No hangover, no regrets and happy. Today was a travel day and at 9.30am I was due to be picked up and make the four hour journey to the airport to fly to El Peten. It’s famed for the incredible Mayan ruins deep in […]

New Year’ Eve with strangers

January 3, 2018

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Well I never expected to have the day or night that I did. Especially sober. I had no expectation about my boat tour of the towns set around the lake. I’d paid less than $12 for transportation only and decided I would pound the streets with gusto to see what each place had to offer […]

Lake Atitlan

January 2, 2018

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After leaving Antigua the colonial centre of the New World, I was curious to see how Lake Atitlan would stand up to it. The lake is set in the central highlands and the drive is epic. The winding road is not for those who suffer from car sickness. All foreigners tend to take a shuttle […]

Mount Acatenango

January 2, 2018

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My legs were burning. I felt my chest tighten. I sucked the air in hard and steadied myself on my walking poles as they dug into the soft volcanic sand. The hike to the summit was steep and tough. My heart was racing with every step I took. I lunged forward and the grains of […]

Antigua

January 2, 2018

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Antigua is a beautiful city stuffed full of archaelogical sites, dusky pink and yellow squat houses set among the cobbled streets. It lies an hour away from its ugly sister Guatemala City, which I drove through at 2am and had zero regrets about visiting. My first impression of the locals – friendly, warm and very […]