A weekend of tapas, vermouth and strolls in delightful Madrid

Sticking to countries with the Spanish lingo, my first trip in 2016 was a weekend break in Madrid to visit my Peru trekking/festival pal Clara in her home town! I flew into cold Madrid, bringing the rain and wind with me. Making my way to Clara’s office and being kindly fed pizza, I then busied myself until…

More bat trekking. Adventures around Arequipa and Cusco

As I write this I’m sitting in a hostel in La Paz Bolivia (more on Bolivia to come later) After the wonderful time I had in Huraz, I headed down to Arequipa, via bus and plane. Arequipa is quite far down south, and is fairly low town, surrounded by volcanoes (some active). As soon as…

End of week one, trekking bat

I arrived   in Lima feeling a bit bleary eyed from the trip  and obviously got ripped off in a taxi to take me to  my hostel. Lima is strange city. I’m sure if you lived in Lima or had the chance to really get to know it, you would find some gems. Me, being…

Church vs. Stupa – you decide

I recently returned from a glorious two weeks spent jumping off a suspension bridge, trekking through the Himalayas, drinking Nepal Ice beer, eating a lot of momos and (almost) getting attacked by leeches. Amongst all of that, and in our quest to explore as much as we could in this wonderful country, we also found…

Art that makes you cry. Patti Smith xo

It goes without saying that art that moves you to tears must surely be a hit. For your mind and soul to be moved to such an extent that tears well up in your eyes, what power. And yes, Patti Smith, this is what you do to me. Artist, poet, singer, actress, cool lass, all…

Stendhal Syndrome, whatcha know!

Very intersting article by Will Gopertz on the BBC website today. Stendhal’s Syndrome is a funny one. I don’t believe it should just be associated with very well-known paintings, or maybe that is something altogether more different. The word ‘syndrome’ is quite a negative one. How can it be negative to see one of the…

The travesty of modern warfare

This saddens me so. The beautiful Minaret of the Great Umayyad Mosque of Aleppo in Syria has been destroyed by recent shellfire, as the country continues to tear itself apart. Before I begin, I don’t want readers thinking that I care more about architecture and art than human life. That is almost certainly not the case, and…