Death Road Photos

Death Road

I’ve finally gotten around to sorting through the photos that our tour group, Altitude, sent me after we biked Death Road with them in La Paz, Bolivia. It was a pretty bright day so most of them were a tiny bit over-exposed, but I’ve given them a tweak to bring…

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Our South American Adventure (A Summary)

Machu Picchu

With this week’s posts on Rio, I have finally finished writing about my five month trip in South America with my boyfriend Sam. Along the way, I kept my “timeline” post more or less updated, so if you want the precise low-down of what I did across those 155 incredible…

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Exploring Rio – Christ the Redeemer

Exploring Rio - Christ the Redeemer

15th July One of our final stops in Rio before heading back to the UK was the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue at the top of Corcovado. This is a serious tourist trap; overcrowded, overpriced and  very over-done, but it also felt like the one thing we couldn’t miss in Rio…

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Exploring Rio – Lapa

Exploring Rio - Lapa

14th and 15th July We may have spent our first four nights in Rio slumming it in the Rocinha favela thanks to the hugely inflated World Cup accommodation prices, but thankfully right after the weekend of the final match Sam and I were able to switch to a more reasonably priced hostel in…

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Exploring Rio – Santa Teresa

Exploring Rio - Santa Teresa

Rio de Janeiro, we discovered, is an absolutely enormous city with dozens of different districts to explore, so varied that it can feel like you’re visiting multiple cities at once. From the Rocinha favela, where we were staying in the midst of the busy slum town, to the glossy city…

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Cook in Rio

Cook in Rio

I chat Brazilian culture and food with Simone at the Cook in Rio class – oh, and we also make some food, too…

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Exploring Rio – The Beaches and City Centre

Exploring Rio - The Beaches and City Centre

The final week of our five month South American Adventure was spent in Rio de Janeiro; the perfect place to really make the most of our last few days on the road. Better yet, we were there over the weekend of the World Cup Final, so that the usual party atmosphere was…

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Staying in a Favela in Rio

Staying in a Favela in Rio

It was the very first day of the final week of our five month trip, so of course, everything had to go wrong. We arrived in Rio after a slow and uncomfy bus ride from Paraty which took a fair amount longer than the scheduled four hours; I slipped in and out…

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