The Panama Railway Canal

November 17, 2018

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Eight weeks ago I’d read about a journey you could take along the canal passing the isthmus from the Pacific side to the Caribbean side of Panama. It was by train journey through the rainforest. So far I’ve done most modes of transport this trip – plane, car, bus, taxi, submarine and now train. So […]

The Guna

November 17, 2018

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The Guna are one of Latin America’s most recognised indigenous people. Their homeland, the San Blas Islands (Guna Yala pronounced Kuna), is semi autonomous. Scattered across the Caribbean coast these atoll-looking homes (no coral reef as such here) make up an archipelago of more than 350 islands. Each one with its own zone (a total […]

Yellow Submarine

November 14, 2018

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I first met Mr Sub three weeks ago. I think it was serendipity. I’d gone out on a date which turned out to be more of a dinner meeting. Maybe I should have stayed home and cooked those prawns in the fridge? Better food and more enjoyable. I left deflated, $20 lighter and not surprised. […]

Pico Bonito National Park

November 5, 2018

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Pico Bonito National Park lies on the mainland of Honduras close to the coastal town of La Ceiba. Named after the beautiful Ceiba trees that populate this area. A spectacular, raw and almost unspoilt rainforest landscape, Pico Bonito makes up part of the Mesoamerican biological corridor. I’ve trekked through many NPs in my time and […]

The snake catchers

October 15, 2018

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“Look what’s come to watch a movie with us?” Mr Flipflop smiled as I entered his apartment with my dinner packed into a plastic Tupperware box. Putting my food on the living room coffee table I peered closely at the patio door. Laura Croft was sat, with her knees gathered into her chest, gazing adoringly […]

Instructing

October 8, 2018

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I’ve been itching to teach a full certification since I qualified. They say be careful what you wish for. Three days into my first week on Roatán I was handed a rescue student to train. For me this is the first certification as a recreational diver, that pushes you towards becoming a pro diver. It’s […]

Roatán, Honduras

September 28, 2018

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Roatán makes up one of three Bay Islands (Isla di Bahia), Utila and Guanaj. They are situated between 25km to 50km off the north coast of Honduras. I touched down on Wednesday and several hours later I was slipping beneath the warm waters of the Caribbean once more into incredible visibility with a beautiful healthy […]

Panama

September 24, 2018

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Panama is a paradoxical place. The shiny skyscrapers at the heart of global capitalism are the first thing that hit you on the ride out of the airport. A floating Gotham city. The area reminds me of parts of Manila. The fastest route to Casco Antiguo (old compound) is on the coastal belt highway (cinta […]

From Barbados to Grenada

July 28, 2018

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“Barbados is the Miami of the Caribbean,” said the nail technician working hard to remove the dead skin from my finger cuticles. She didn’t even look up. I’m sat in a shopping mall in Grenada right now. Her intricately braided hair woven tightly. When you bounce around the islands you meet people from all over. […]

Taiwan

July 28, 2018

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I found this blog post buried in my draft folder. No I haven’t suddenly skipped to SE Asia. I am still very much in The Caribbean. It was pit stop I made in September 2017 after my cancer diagnosis was confirmed in The Philippines. It was also the last time I went on a bender…..enjoy! […]