To the crater and back

Quilotoa is a place that seems to be overlooked by travelers. Very few people who I have met along the way have heard of it or, better yet, done it. And it’s a shame as it’s one of the best and beautiful self-guided hikes you can do in Ecuador, with a magnificent reward at the…

A good bye to a good year

      I’ve always disliked New Year’s Eve. There always used to be this pressure of having a balling celebration to kick of the year with friends and family. And normally I’ve always complained that the entire year has been a bit crap, so there’s no point in festivities. However, this end of year is…

Bathing in Baños

We went through Quito relatively quickly. The city itself is overwhelmingly enormous, but has strong character. The perfectly preserved historic centre is excellent for walking and admiring colonial architecture. As much as I love cities, two days were sufficient, and we found ourselves on the bus again in search of adventure. Baños is a beautiful…

Good morning, Ecuador!

Our last days in Colombia were relatively tranquil but fast-paced. We stopped in Pasto for one night and, apart from seeing an abundance of churches, we didn’t do much. Our main goal here was to exchange our Colombian pesos into dollars. This, of course, went completely “smoothly”. We got a fairly good exchange rate, however,…

End of part I

   Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life. – Jack Kerouac I’ve always loved that quote, there’s some sort of magical accuracy to it. Today’s the day. My bags are packed, the apartment is clean(ish), and empty and I get…

The end is nigh

   Today is November 6th, 2016. It’s a peaceful, sunny and hot Sunday. As I’m relaxing in my bed refusing to move and thinking how I can get a smoothie delivered to my door without having to make too much effort, it suddenly hits me that I have 19 days left in Colombia. How has…

The end of the road (literally)

I made my (probably) final long vacation from school before my contract ends and I’m free to explore the rest of South America. This time was specifically dedicated for one important thing: making my way to a place where the road ends.  Punta Gallinas is the most northern point of Colombia and mainland South America….

All hail English

We have vacation yet again!!! The final big trip we can make before our contract ends here in Colombia in November. A few friends and I are hitting up the coast for some sun, fun and sand. However, we had a big even coming up before our departure- Día de Inglés. That’s right, not only…

Version 2.4

Today I turned 24. This is my second birthday that I have spent abroad. I turned 22 in Thailand and ever since then made myself a promise to celebrate the passage of time in different locations every year. Ok, my 23rd was an exception… But hey, here I am, under the hot South American sun…

In search of colonialism

*I’m just gonna start writing this as if I haven’t been absent from my blog for nearly two months, play along* The summer of 2016 had officially started, and the one thing all us teachers were so desperately waiting for was finally here- summer vacation. Three glorious school-free weeks. A time to relax, sleep in…

Exploring Paisaland

It’s the merry month of May and we had our first puente, or bank holiday here in Colombia, and like any time off we get here, we spent it traveling. This time our destination was Medellín. Located in the mountaineous department of Antioquia, it is the second biggest city in Colombia. The ambience of the…

Misunderstood English

I’ve decided to dedicate an entire page for the wonders that my kids come up with during English class, I hope they’ll brighten up your day as much as they do mine.