Where in the world?


Me - Emily

Me – Emily

Welcome to Emily Meets World – the adventures of a twenty-something English girl as I blog and teach my way around the world.

Current country count = 27

Where am I now? UK! I’m home! I’ve reached a bit of a crossroads in my travel lifestyle and will be making some big decisions on my future in the next few weeks….to be continued!

Where was I last? Australia – The last 8 months have been spent travelling and working in Queensland – based around the Gold Coast this time around I’ve had a different perspective on Aussie life.

Where am I going next? The Golden Question! I’ve got some cogs in the works but I don’t want to reveal them just yet. In the mean time I’ve bought myself a Macbook Air (love love) and am on a mission to get my blog up to date.

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A world of reeds – life on the Floating Islands

On the boatImagine spending virtually your entire life on a self-made island of reeds, big enough for just a handful of reed-built shelters, in the middle of the world’s highest lake. This is the uncomplicated life of the Uros people. Whether they were driven there by the spanish or the Incas is well-debated, however the fact remains that these people now subside almost solely upon the lake itself, with some heading to the mainland only for their burial. Buildings, furniture, boats and even the islands themselves are all constructed of the same totora reed that also anchors them to the shallow bed below, preventing them from floating away. Such is its prolificacy, the head of the reed forms part of the staple diet of the Uros as well.  Continue reading

Condors in the Canyon

Colca CanyonContinuing my journey through Peru, the next stop on my hit-list was the phenomenal Colca Canyon. At more than twice the depth of the Grand Canyon I was pretty excited to hike it, if a little nervous. Nevertheless, with my Arequipan squadron of boys in tow, we booked onto a 2-day return trek to the bottom. Already slightly regretting it, at 3am the next morning we heaped our bags into storage and, still bleary-eyed, stumbled onto the minibus for the 5-hour drive to the drop-off. Rising to 4,900m above sea-level, our tiredness was soon overtaken by a sense of wonder as we coiled through the magnificent national park lined with colossal volcanoes and snow-capped mountains, one of which – Mismi – is recognised as the starting point of the Amazon river itself.  Continue reading

Back to Blogging

crossroadsA lot has happened in the past few months which has brought me to a bit of a conundrum of late. I went back to my job in Australia and, after a fantastic but ultimately exhausting 8 months, I decided it was time to move on to pastures new. My feet were itching like mad for new adventure and my body and mind were craving a rest. So, here I am, back in England visiting my much-missed family and making some big decisions on my future. Feeling a bit like Tom Hanks in Castaway, I’m standing at a major crossroad in my travelling life and am figuring out which is the best way to move forwards. I don’t want to reveal anything until I have actually decided what that direction is but, in the mean time, I thought it was high time I got back to blogging.  Continue reading

Arequipa – calming cobbles and raging rivers

parkHaving left my travel buddy behind, I took an overnight bus across Peru to the city of Arequipa (got to love those sleeping tablets!) Along with a few guys that had been planning the same journey, we booked into a hostel just metres from the main square and quickly set out to explore. Within minutes we were ambling in one of the beautifully landscaped parks that are littered between the cobbled paths and plazas of the main town. I hadn’t really known what to expect out of this city more than just a pitstop on my way to Lake Titicaca, however, with each passing hour strolling through the pretty streets under the warming sun, I found myself growing to truly like it here. Continue reading

Huacachina: Dune-buggies and a bug in the dunes

The lagoon2There are few countries in the world where you can wake up surrounded by colourful parrots and playful monkeys in the rainforest, eat lunch in a major city and then fall asleep in a peaceful beach hut in the middle of a perfect, sand-duned desert. Luckily for Jenna and I, Peru is one of them. That said, reality is never quite as smooth as us bloggers might have you believe – a change of route, massive flight delays and a missed bus meant our relaxing commute to our sandy oasis was actually an incredibly long and stressful day. Nonetheless, we made it with our bags intact, if not quite so our patience! Continue reading

Amazon – monkeys, spiders and a life of luxury!

Stunning view of the river

Stunning view of the river

Transferring through Cusco for one more night, Jenna and I decided to treat our aching bodies to a relaxing full-body massage (heaven for just 25 soles!) followed by a slap-up meal at one of the city’s best restaurants. It was time to sample the infamously classic Peruvian dish, Guinea pig. Luckily, we had chosen our restaurant well and were served with what looked like extremely miniature steaks rather than the traditional whole-fried rodent, legs-up-in-the-air look. Less fun for photos but definitely a bonus overall. Once we’d picked through the fat and skin, the little meat that was there was actually rather tasty – sort of like a red-meat version of chicken. That said, realising such a tiny animal was never going to fill the both of us up, we decided to order gnocchi in alpaca ragu as well which, I have to say, was far more appetising! Continue reading

Mountain Gorilla trek – Rwanda


Reblogged from Geoff shoots the world – something I’ve always wanted to do!

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We were extremely lucky to go Gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

A very early wake up had us driving along in a couple of jeeps to the park where we were assigned our Gorilla family (we had the Umubano group) and a quick talk about what would happen.

You can choose the length of your hike, which dictates which family you’re assigned, as they know roughly where each family will be they can give you an idea of how much walking you’ll do, there’s easy, medium or hard. We opted for a longer walk as we all felt like a bit of exercise, which in theory would give us a 2 hourish hike up the mountain, an hour with our gorilla family, and a 2 hour hike back.

Then you’re driven to the start point of your walk. You wait at the start point while the…

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Guest Post: How to be a Conscientious Traveller

Conscientious travel is a topic very dear to my heart – thanks to Cliff Barre of http://responsible-tourists.blogspot.com/ for this excellent summary of quick and easy ways you can keep notching up the guilt-free miles…green_travel_965x467_12

Being a proponent of the environment doesn’t mean you have to stop travelling; just be more conscientious when you do.  Follow these tips to keep your journey green and you’ll not only be an advocate for the Earth, you’ll also save a little cash.

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