Should You Ever Pay To Volunteer?

When I first looked into volunteering 5 years ago, I didn't understand the concept of paying to volunteer. It seemed contradictory. I was already giving up my time and salary to work for free, why should I pay for it as well? With that in mind, I found a charity in Peru where it was... Continue Reading →

My Endless Summer

At the beginning of October 2013, my endless summer was finally drawing to an end. After nearly a year of sunshine, surf and a very pleasant lack of responsibilities, I decided that I was ready to go back to a city, and get a "real" job (it was only a coincidence that my money was running... Continue Reading →

One Whole Year Ago

It's been one whole year since I set off for the unknown. And that thought is terrifying to me. I struggle with the notion of time passing by at the best of times. I remember so clearly getting on that flight, and not knowing what lay ahead. It's a strange thought to go back to... Continue Reading →

A trip To The Jungle In Bolivia

Cornelia and I decided that while we were in Bolivia, we'd detour by the Jungle. So we packed weekend bags and met up with the four kiwis we were going with, Sean, Cam, Blake and Matt. They had also packed weekend bags, but somehow their bags were less than a third of mine and Cornelia's (and... Continue Reading →

Machu Picchu

After leaving our home of Huanchaco in northern Peru, Cornelia, Foreste, Anna and I felt pretty low on our way south to Cusco. But instead of wallowing in self pity we decided to book our trip to Machu Picchu, and that definitely lifted our spirits. Cusco is the town closest to the site and that's... Continue Reading →

The beach

Cornelia Anna Foreste and I are preparing to leave Huanchaco in one week. This has creeped up on us all, but when I pointed this out to the girls, Forest's reaction was somewhat over the top "WHAAAAAT???? DUUUUDE!!! FUCK, NO WAY!!!". We'd known our leaving date for a good month now so the rest of... Continue Reading →

Thin air

For Semana Santa (Easter weekend), 15 volunteers decided to head to Huaraz for a few days. Huanchaco is at sea level, in the desert, while Huaraz in at 3200 meters in the green Andes mountain range. On the night bus ride, I woke up a few times and could start to feel the lack of... Continue Reading →

Driving in Peru

Here are the rules I've gathered from being on the road in Peru (thankfully never in the drivers seat): •the double white lines in the middle of the road are more of a guide line. • if someone in front is driving too slow for your liking, put on the full beams to blind them.... Continue Reading →

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