We left Antigua early on our last morning in Guatemala, spending most of the morning travelling to Mexico. The border crossing ended up being fairly straightforward — even though it was the day the world was supposed to end in 2012. … Read More A very quick tour of Mexico & Guatemala
From just about every job I’ve ever had in community development, it becomes more and more obvious that the answer to many problems is systems change.… Read More What’s the best way to deal with children and begging in poor countries?
Travel fades so quickly once you’re back to your normal life. I’ve been back three weeks and it feels like I’ve been back three months already. The transformative moments stay with you forever, but the bulk of travel is easily forgotten. Once you’re back in your usual environment it’s like it all happened to a… Read More What was the highlight of your trip?
Exactly twenty-four hours after we landed in Guatemala, I was on a repurposed American school bus along with other bleary-eyed travellers. We were all on our way to climb Pacaya, close to Antigua.It was my first time climbing a volcano. I’m not fit and I’m not designed for high altitudes so it was bloody hard work.… Read More And then I climbed a volcano
I’m a child of the 90s and in the post-Cold War vacuum I grew up in, my tv-addled brain was regularly filled with predictions about the end of the world. 2012 was a scary concept.… Read More The Mayans at the end of the world
We ushered in the new year in a Qantas plane somewhere above the Pacific. A day was lost as we crossed over the International Date Line, and the official start of 1 January 2013 was almost a non-event, marked only by a cabin announcement and a round of clapping from all the passengers. I guess… Read More On a jetplane and back again