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? Bolivia! Death road, horse riding, salt flats and pre-incan ruins here I come
Where was I last? Peru – inca trail, jungle, sand boarding, canyon hiking, white water rafting loveliness. I love Peru even if my stomach didn’t!
Where am I going next? Back home to the UK. I’ve got big plans for next year and beyond so I wanted to spend some final quality time with the fam – starting with my sister’s hen do and wedding! It does mean I’m braving the classroom one more as a supply teacher – it’s going to be an interesting transition….:-$
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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 →
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.
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…
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.
Last year, 5 months after leaving home to hit the open road, my funds were looking a little dry and in great need of a boost. So, arriving in Australia with my Working Holiday Visa in hand, I set about looking for a job. A week later and a rather nervous phone call to my future-boss and suddenly I was employed and heading to the outback! That phone call was probably one of the most significant of my life because, though my position was meant to be just for a few months – long enough to earn sufficient money for the next leg of my trip – I loved it so much that I ended up staying longer and even goingback again this year! I´ve since spent almost 9 months living and working in Australia between my many travels and have picked up a LOT of tips and information on everything from getting a job to banks, taxes and more.
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When I first decided it was time to finally break open South America, the Inca Trail instantly went to the top of my list. With limited tickets available each day, Jenna and I made sure to book our spot with Peru Treks many months in advance. A 4-day, 44km marathon in the Andes reaching heights of over 4,200m above sea level and surpassing mountains, valleys and even cloud forest, perhaps I should have put in some practise before the big day! But, it was too late now so, slightly regretting my lack of preparation – as well as our decision to not hire a porter – we at least went for a last-minute purchase of walking poles, for which I would soon be eternally grateful! Continue reading →
Wow a month has gone by so quickly I can hardly believe it! I guess time really does fly when you are having fun – and Peru has definitely been living up to its awesome reputation. Anyway, it’s time for the second installment in my new feature, Travel Website of the Month and the winner is…..www.seat61.com (Pause for applause!)
I first stumbled on this website by accident a few years ago when I was researching travel in South East Asia and was instantly hooked – specialising in train and ferry travel the world over, if you can’t find the information here then it probably doesn’t exist!Continue reading →
Cusco was a city I desperately wanted to love. However, the freezing cold temperatures (Peru was going through a weather crisis at the time) coupled with what is probably every traveller’s worst nightmare - having my beloved camera pick-pocketed in the street on the first night – were proving difficult obstacles to overcome. So it was right on-cue that the hostel I was staying at threw a Toga Party – nothing like a good dance, some Pisco Sours and a bit of fancy dress to lift your spirits!
After landing into Lima, the first point of call for many visitors to Peru is the old Incan capital of Cuzco. Jenna and I were to be no different – after all, sometimes there really is a reason why tourists will flock to a particular place and by only choosing the path less-travelled you could well miss out on some of the greatest experience this world has to offer. Would you go to Arizona and skip the Grand Canyon? Or miss out on the historic colosseum in Rome just because you’re trying to be original? Trust me, unless you are truly heading into unchartered territory (which you will struggle to find in this day and age of exploration) you’re not really being original anyway. That isn’t to say I don’t enjoy getting away from the crowds – it’s great to connect with the locals and really discover the essence of a country away from the long-beaten paths of millions of tourists before you. Some of my favourite memories of travelling are in these situations, but that doesn’t mean you should disregard the tourist trail completely. Millions of people can’t always be wrong, surely?