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 […]

I have Cancer

December 29, 2017

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On November 15th 2017 at the age of 41 I was officially diagnosed with Myeloma – cancer of the bone marrow. I reluctantly came back to the UK in October kicking and screaming for an urgent biopsy. It confirmed my family’s worst fears – Asymptomatic Myeloma. It’s taken a while to get my head around […]

Volcanoes and Water

September 6, 2017

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It’s been an astounding few months. Hence my abscence from the blogosphere. I’ve packed so much in I have decided to try to write just the highlights, if possible. My short week in Papua New Guinea was wonderful and i will most definitely be returning to explore this captivating country on land and under water […]

Walindi Resort, Kimbe PNG

June 28, 2017

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Walindi Resort sits on a plantation one hours drive from Hoskins airport in West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea. The property in on the shores of Kimbe Bay. Anyone who is anyone comes here to dive. The promise of “gin-clear” waters, a smorgasbord of aquatic life and few tourists makes this journey more of […]