Remembrances – Death and Life

Today is 6 months since my Pop died, and tomorrow it will be 6 years since my friend Lee died. Both men were very special to me, and were instrumental in shaping various chapters of my life. I’ve been thinking of them a lot lately, and of the other people close to them who are still living –…

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Australia is a Lucky Country!

As any serious traveller will tell you, their passport is a major source of pride – mine included – except now it’s also become an embarrassment, and a source of guilt. I’ve started to use my Maltese passport where I can because it has many less stamps than my Australian one, and therefore raises less…

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Still in Shock.. and Frustrated

It’s been 11 days since I left Venezuela and the shock is slowly dissipating. For the first few days I was walking around in a daze, not quite sure what was going on. The heartache of leaving my good friends behind, combined with two long days of flying from Colombia to Mexico to Guatemala to…

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Venezuela – World’s 2nd Most Murderous Country

. ENG: You can listen to this article in Spanish in the following audio (translated and narrated by Joel)  ESP: Puedes escuchar este artículo en español en el siguiente audio (traducido y narrado por Joel)  . Venezuela is a country of contrasts. On the surface it appears to be like many other cities and countries,…

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Robbery with Knives

It was my last full day on Margarita Island, Venezuela, and I went to the beach one more time. The same beach that I’ve visited every weekday for the last two weeks. The same road I’ve walked each day, and the same bus I catch each way. Except for it being a Sunday, with more…

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People to Thank in Santa Marta

Between my frustrations learning Spanish, and dealing with my Pop’s death and funeral from afar, it’s no wonder my time in Santa Marta, Colombia was not exactly all fun. Thankfully I met some wonderful people over the month who helped brighten my days. This is a thank you to everyone whose smiling faces, kind words, and…

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One Last Goodbye Pop

My Pop being unwell was the reason I bought a return ticket for this trip. Usually I buy one way tickets everywhere, so I have more freedom, however this time I thought it best to have a return flight booked in case I needed to fly home in an emergency. Wanting Pop to have a…

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Frustration Learning Spanish in Santa Marta

The flight from Rio to Santa Marta was the cheapest I could find, and as a consequence, it entailed flying all day, from Rio, Brazil to Lima, Peru then to Bogota, Colombia and finally to Santa Marta, Colombia. I arrived early in the evening, with little sleep, and I soon realised that I had no…

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An Earth Angel and Rules of Rio

Returning to Rio for a few days before I flew to Colombia presented a mix of emotions, more so than I usually feel when leaving a country. I didn’t want to leave Brazil because I’d had such a good time with friends and families I’d met over the last few weeks, and I felt connected…

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Direction, Clarity and Purpose

It’s two months ago today that my Pop died, and I’ve spent those two months feeling very lost – wandering, waiting, and wondering when something would grab my attention or give me some direction. Just today I feel like I have finally found some clarity, purpose and direction for my next five months of travels…

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