So what happens now?
Well we’ve made it back to the UK after the most amazing 17 months of our lives. After a busy couple of weeks of moving all of our belongings out of storage, making our house feel like a home again and catching up with loved ones, we are starting to slow down and reality is sinking in. It will be testing and no doubt a challenge to settle back into one place but we’re ready for it and are currently walking the fine line between excitement and and feeling anxious.
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Paul doing far better than me at sand boarding
After spending quite a lot of time in cities and also hiking in Peru we decided to kick back and enjoy the gringo trail for a few days in the desert plains of central Peru. Throughout this trip we’ve pushed ourselves do things that we aren’t entirely comfortable with or that maybe scare us a little and there were enough of these activities lurking in the Peruvian desert to keep us busy for a few days.
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When you’re on the road food doesn’t always look quite like you expect it to
I have eaten some exceptionally good food on our travels. I have also had some pretty insipid unforgettable meals too. However, one question I keep getting asked is what is the most unusual food I have eaten? So here you go, in reverse order this is my top 5 of unusual foods I have eaten during our trip so far.
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Photo credit: Thomas Hawk
We’ve seen wondrous sights and witnessed dozens of new cultures and customs and I will be forever grateful for that, but what is the greatest thing I’ve discovered? How lucky I am and probably not for the reason you’re thinking. I still firmly believe that if you want to travel it simply takes hard work, dedication and changing your priorities, it has very little to do with luck. The reason I feel lucky is because of the complete chance that I happened to be born in the United Kingdom.
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The stunning vista of Colca Canyon
Colca Canyon is an enormous hole in the ground situated 6 hours from Arequipa in Peru, famous for being home to the phenomenal condor. It’s hiked by an awful lot of visitors to Peru but many will visit for just a day or two. We decided to make the most of our time in the area and had an absolutely brilliant 4 day backpacking trip.
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In my old “normal life” I got to do stuff like this, not too shabby
I’ve been reading a lot from people recently who are all going after their career dreams with a crazy amount of ambition and motivation. It’s inspiring to see people chasing after the thing they feel they are meant to do but it also got me thinking about the rest of us, the ones that have never had a passion like that. There seems to be an often voiced opinion in the travel community that if you have a “normal” job, own a home, car etc then there is something wrong with you. It’s thought of as a terrible waste of your life if you spend your working hours in an office and people who work in cubicles are seen as prisoners that need liberating. If someone is unhappy about their working life or longs for something else then of course do something about it, but for most people (me included) taking home a regular paycheck and working a steady job will be enough.
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