Nestled in the Peruvian hills of the Cuzco Region; Aguas Calientes is the gateway for thousands of people to explore the famous ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Situated at an elevation of 2,040 m and on the Urubamba River the town is surrounded by lush forests and steep valley sides. Quite simply it was one of the most picturesque places I have ever been and quite possibly my favourite little town of Peru. Continue reading Aguas Calientes
The first pit stop on my South American adventure. Arequipa – known as the White City for it’s use of pale volcanic rock in all it’s buildings; is a city flanked by 6,000 m volcanoes and is the most common place to stop off on route to the Colca Canyon. It’s also a great place to get your first taste of Peru. Continue reading Arequipa
If you’ve been following the blog recently, then I’m sure you’ll be aware of the fact that mentally I have not been doing great. I’m trying my best to pull through and if I’ve learnt anything from this experience is that no matter what happens I know I have some really great people in my life that will always be there to help out. Yes this is sounding like the start of one those terrible “chick-flick” movies but honestly it got me thinking about some of the brilliant times I’ve had. 7 years ago I was having the time of my life in Nepal and India, exploring the Himalaya and Rajasthan. 5 years ago I was at a river party on the Seine in Paris that was broken up by police. Since then I’ve had even more great memories and it got me thinking about one great weekend I had recently in Riga, Latvia. Continue reading Riga
“Because forever is way too long to throw away
When you have every single day of your life that things could change
Until forever, so put your demons in the past
Hold your head up high, don’t look back
Today is the start of your forever”
– Forever III (Young Lions)
These words have meant quite a lot to me over the past few weeks and more so in the past few days.
It’s been two weeks since I officially opened up and started what has begun to feel like a new chapter of my life. I’ve been to the doctor. I’m back on the anti-depressants. In some ways it feels like a bit of a failure to have regressed. However, when I consider the difference it’s already made, I know there are only benefits to be had – and this trumps any feelings of failure.
By all accounts I’m a pretty young guy who has lead what a good number of people would consider a privileged life. I am not about to deny it. I consider the ability to travel and see the world as a luxury that not everyone has the time or money to do. I’m not in a position to travel indefinitely but if I could I would! I’m happiest when I’m on the move and I feel so relaxed when just literally slotting into the world and watching every bit of it zoom past me; taking it all in at my own pace – preferably with a cold beer and good company.
I’m a massive fan of street art. I love finding what people have created and I’m always bowled over at the talent and the life and character that it gives a place. Below are some of my favourite pieces – whether they are murals, paintings, sculptures or even just a snapshot of life that I’ve found on my travels.