Arequipa and Colca Canyon – Peru

Somewhere during the last day at the oasis we forget to book our tickets to Arequipa because we are enjoying ourselves a bit too much. We arrive at the tour agency in the afternoon and find out that there is only one bus left with tickets… it’s not a good one. To make things worse…

The Coastal Deserts of Peru

I arrive in Lima at 6am in the morning after one of the most brutal flights I’ve ever had. You see, for 5 days before getting on the flight I’d been partying in New Orleans and had run my body into the ground. To pile onto this, the flights I’d booked left the next day…

San Francisco, Yosemite and Big Sur

The bus trip up to San Francisco was a long and kind of boring affair. Once through the ranges north of Los Angeles it started raining torrentially and the temperature fell with it. Searching on the internet I found that there were flood warnings everywhere and my plans to drive out to Yosemite started to…

Los Angeles and San Diego

Flying into Los Angeles after being in Colorado is about the biggest swing in extremes it’s possible to have in the USA. Flying in over the city is daunting enough, seeing it sprawling to every horizon with countless freeways running bumper to bumper with congestion. Emerging from the airport and seeing the insanity unfold on…