What I re-learnt about “volunteering” in a hostel in Costa Rica [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]

I’m currently on a 6-month sabbatical and even though this is not a research sabbatical and I’m definitely not working, I think it’s fair to say that when you love what you do, you’re constantly reflecting on it. That’s what happened in Costa Rica. During my time in Costa Rica I stayed at a hostelContinue reading “What I re-learnt about “volunteering” in a hostel in Costa Rica [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]”

Tortuguero – Costa Rica [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]

I’ve spent the past 4 days in Tortuguero, Costa Rica, One of the most remote places I’ve ever been to. This is a quick summary of the past 4 days. Practical details at the top, and you can scroll down for “boring Mariana thoughts and experiences” & last minute tips at the bottom. One ofContinue reading “Tortuguero – Costa Rica [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]”

From Vancouver to LA in 18 days – [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]

I’m back (after not writing for ages) The post below is a very brief summary of my past 18 days on the road with my friend Jess. I do intend to write a few longer blog posts about some of the places we’ve been to during the past 18 days, but currently I’m just tooContinue reading “From Vancouver to LA in 18 days – [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]”

An unrequested list of things that will stress you out before travelling [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]

During the last few weeks, before starting my adventure a few days ago, you could frequently hear me saying: “I’ve had a lil panic moment”. I know, I know. I’m overreacting. I’m over-planning. But hear me out…. does no one else out there feels real “pre-adventure stress”? (Asking for a friend…) It’s still Covid times,Continue reading “An unrequested list of things that will stress you out before travelling [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]”

The Canadian Rockies in 9 days – Louise the Lazy, Jasper the Gem, Banff the Busy [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]

For those who can’t be bothered to read the “stories” bit, I’m explaining my route and writing a “suggestions” at the top of this post, I hope it’s helpful: Route I went from Calgary > Lake Louise > Jasper > Banff > Calgary; but you can start in Calgary and finish in Jasper Airport asContinue reading “The Canadian Rockies in 9 days – Louise the Lazy, Jasper the Gem, Banff the Busy [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]”

Before we begin… [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]

We all talk a lot about our travels whilst you’re doing it and after we’ve come back, but very few people talk about what happens before you go (unless is to talk about how to pack, what to buy etc). I could talk for days about that as I’ve had my fair share of challengesContinue reading “Before we begin… [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]”

If not now… then when?

In exactly one month I will be going on my next adventure, and even though I don’t usually write before going travelling (only during or after), this adventure deserves an introductory post. Let’s face it…. the past 2 years have been a bit of a shit show…. Covid, shit Brexit Deal, a “closer to home”Continue reading “If not now… then when?”

Scotland 2021 – a dream trip

I considered writing several posts about this trip, it definitely deserves it. Maybe one day I will. But for now, I’m just trying to cope with my travelling blues and the fact that I’m about to leave what has become my 2nd favourite country in the entire world. In a time of Covid-19, and afterContinue reading “Scotland 2021 – a dream trip”

Hong Kong – to be continued… [South East Asia Series 2019.2020]

I’m still trying to get my head around Hong Kong. I feel like you’ve got two options here… you come for 3 days and do the touristic bits only, or you really have to come for a week or more to properly get it. It’s impossible to explore the islands and the amazing hiking inContinue reading “Hong Kong – to be continued… [South East Asia Series 2019.2020]”

Hanoi + Halong Bay – A sweet goodbye [South East Asia Series 2019.2020]

I got back to Hanoi at around 5.30am after taking the night train. Once again, was pestered by taxi drivers who literally went to the platform and aggressively started knocking on the windows of the train and screaming (asking) if you’d want a cab. I basically walked for 40min to close to the office whereContinue reading “Hanoi + Halong Bay – A sweet goodbye [South East Asia Series 2019.2020]”