Vegetarian Restaurants In La Paz, Bolivia

Being a vegetarian in South American countries can be a testing experience and, in general, Bolivia is no exception to that rule. In their capital city, Nuestra Señora de la Paz, however, you will find plenty of healthy, good food that has been cooked deliberately without meat or fish – pretty much an oasis of… Read more »

A Short Ayahuasca Detour On A Long Journey

Ayahuasca is a brew of various plants traditionally found in the Amazon region where it is used by people there for ritual, cleansing and spiritual practice. Generally one of the ingredients is a plant that contains DMT, a hallucinogenic drug that is illegal all over the world although in Peru the preparation and consumption of… Read more »

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    So Where Did The Chelyabinsk Meteor Come From?

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    Out of the fucking blue, is the obvious answer to that question. It was completely unexpected and was too small to have been picked up by Spacewatch. Astronomers around the world, however, have been trying to work out the origins of the Chelyabinsk superbolide – and one team from Madrid think they have found the… Read more »

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    Mario Testino’s Almost New Gallery Almost Makes Me Sad

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    It ought to be considered a valid afternoon’s outing, preferably on a Sunday, you’d assume, in that lazy, untaxing way things should be on a Sunday in Barrano. And it is. At the nice end of town, Mario Testino MATE‘s new gallery is housed in a beautifully restored building typical of the area. And the… Read more »

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    What Happened To World Car Free Day?

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    Today is World Car Free Day – or Dia Mundial Sin Auto, as they say at this end. Yesterday I met up with Octavio – the brains behind Lima’s Cicloaxion pro-cycling group – to get a heads up on the activities today in celebration of this globally recognized  event. Globally unless you’re in the UK, that… Read more »

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    Volunteer Community Websites Can Seriously Augment Your Traveling Experience

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    Social forums and volunteer community websites such as workaway.info can seriously augment your traveling experience, making for an easier integration and a way of supporting local and independent projects. It is one of those win-win situations: The host gets help and the guest gets a deeper encounter with a foreign country – and everyone benefits… Read more »

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    Markets in Lima Are More Advanced Than The West

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    From the time we arrived back in Central America until we arrived in Lima, Peru to settle down for a few months, we were pretty much on the move all the time. Any jobs or chores that needed doing around the truck were put off – thinking that once we were embedded in our new… Read more »

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    Counterfeit Dollars Come From Peru

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    I thought I was being clever, checking the money they gave back to me in the supermarket or at the money-exchange place, seeing if it was counterfeit or not. That is until I saw everyone else doing it too. You hand over your notes for products bought or services supplied and the cashier checks them,… Read more »

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    Will Our Next Dog Be Hairless And Peruvian?

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    [icon name=icon-pencil] The first time I saw these kind of dogs was the blurry morning after arriving in Mancora, Northern Peru. I was coming back from the bakery and there they were stretched out between the market stalls and some fenced-off roadworks, blocking my way. Hmm, what’s this, I thought? I had a camera on… Read more »

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    Streetview Cameras Spotted In Chachapoyas

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    There were two rival Streetview camera systems spotted in Chachapoyas recently. One was Google’s latest daring raid into the Andes – the other was us, Earthcircuit Streetview. The former was parked up on a back street, the sleek, modern car ticking down in the shade, its camera tree in position, the operator messing around with… Read more »

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    Rideshare Round The World

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    OK, so you’re driving round the world – just the two of you, your offspring, maybe a dog – usually in a vehicle that might look like it’s from a different planet compared to some of the jalopies sharing the road.             And if your rig is big enough to… Read more »

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    Driving To Kuelap

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    Driving to Kuelap takes us three hours from Tingo on the main road. The way up is in a pretty bad state and in a couple of places we had to stop, get out and seriously consider turning round. In the time we were there, though, we saw all manner of vehicles bringing tourists, locals… Read more »