Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca

After my time in Santiago, my camera slowly but surely gave up on me. So, I'm awaiting photos from friends before I blog posts about Northern Chile and the majority of Bolivia. I finally got a camera in our last stop in Bolivia, Copacabana and from then on I will recount my travels.

Upon our arrival in Copacabana, we decided to head to Isla del Sol. The next day we arrived at our boat for the 8.30am departure, where we decided to sit on the top deck to admire the views.

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Two hours and a half later, we arrived at Isla del Sol. We were taken for a tour of the island's museum and a quick jaunt up to the Sun Temple. The tour itself wasn't the best especially as we were a group of forty but the views were incredible, some were even reminiscent of the Mediterranean (without the mountains!)

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After the tour was over, we were to able to go off and do our own thing. We decided to do the 8km walk to the south side. To say the least, the altitude made us suffer, forcing us to stop many times. But with even more amazing views, how could we complain?

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We reached the south side in just over three hours. The only annoyance during the hike was the fact that we kept having to pay a "tax" every couple of kilometres or so. However, the trip cost 80 Bolivianos in total ($11/£8) so that is just a small niggle. The views and the euphoria after having completed the trek make up for that!

If you've been to Lake Titicaca, what was your favourite excursion?

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Go Shorty it's my Birthday: 23 things to do before 23

I'm 22 today which clearly calls for this being played on repeat:

 

Without using too many clich├ęs, birthdays allow a lot of time for reflection. This year has been without doubt an amazing, crazy, difficult yet rewarding experience. I've interned in Paris, been able to see my friend in Basel, eaten all the amazing French food on offer, ran a half-marathon in Nice, called Medellin home for 3 months, travelled through South America and I'll end my year abroad experience on Colombia's Caribbean coast. To say I'm spoilt is an understatement.


Paris with the parents

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Shakey head photo time with Martina in Basel


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Machu Picchu


So how do I top it this year? Especially due to being stuck at university for finals, it will be tough to beat this year. However, after reading Caroline in the City's 24 things to do before turning 24 post, I took inspiration. So without further ado, here's what I plan to get up to this coming year:

1. Finally make it to Wales or Ireland (or both!)
2. Complete a marathon and Tough Guy.
3. Be more consistent with the blog and post once a week
4. Recreate dishes I've encountered on my travels
5. Explore more of my local area
6.Read more French and Spanish language novels (Garcia Marquez, come at me)
7.See my best friend in Hong Kong
8. Attempt reading my way through this epic list.
9. Get involved in the free events on offer in Nottingham
10. Try out some new societies at university (Capoeira anyone?)
11. Build up my writing portfolio
12. Have a proper cream tea in Cornwall
13. Organise my next adventures post-uni
14. Improve my photography skills
15. Sort out my finances
16. Brush my SEO skills and learn how to use Photoshop
17. Keep up my French and Spanish by attending exchange events
18. Finally learn how to ride a bike properly
19. Leave uni with a 2:1
20. Practise yoga regularly
21. Keep in better touch with friends
22. Have a spontaneous, last-minute weekend away
23. Stop wishing time away and live in the moment

What are your goals for this year?

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Santiago Street Art

I'm not a big fan of museums and galleries but I am a big fan of good street art, as seen in my findings in Medellin. Whilst I'm told the best street art in Chile is to be found in Valparaiso (which I unfortunately missed) I was still impressed by the displays on offer in Santiago.

Wandering around the neighbourhood of Bellavista, I stumbled across these murals:

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I also found these interesting designs:

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Wandering closer to the centre, we found the barrier of a construction site covered in an unusual collage:

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Where do you think has the best street art?