I made it! I’m sitting in my dorm on the beautiful, brand-new Naryn campus of University of Central Asia. After a long drive and a well-needed shower, we met the team and got to know the campus. It’s been an incredibly long day and I’m excited to get a proper start tomorrow after a good sleep.
Today marks the start of a new adventure! I’m on my way to Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic for a month-long position with the University of Central Asia, where I’ll be working as an English-immersion counsellor at their summer upgrading camp. While I’ve been to East and South-East Asia, and other post-Soviet countries in Eurasia, this is my first time to Central Asia and the Steppes, and I’m so excited to be here!
Isla Baru is absolute paradise. It’s one of those places I close my eyes and dream of on a rainy day. Sure, it’s quite isolated and not easily accessible, but once you get there you have no desire to leave, so the lack of mobility isn’t an issue at all. We spent two nights/three days there, and although part of me would like to stay forever, it was a perfect little escape.
Our first stop in Colombia was Cartagena, the beautiful caribbean city in the north of the country that looks more like a perfectly preserved colonial town than a major city. Cartagena is warm, busy, and has some of the best restaurants I’ve ever tried. I’d give anything to be back there right now.
Ten days in Colombia was not enough! From Feb 17 to 27 I went to Colombia with my Dad, sister, and her boyfriend. It was by no means a backpacker’s trip – We stayed at some beautiful places and ate some really amazing meals. In the ten days we visited Cartagena, Baru, and Bogota, and there’s nowhere I don’t want to go back to!
With only limited time to see Iceland, I had to make my one full day trip count. The most popular tour from Reykjavik is the Golden Circle, but I opted for the Southern Coast, famous for its waterfalls, glaciers, and black sand beaches.
Travel is all about food for me, and in four days in Iceland I managed to pack in lots of the essentials. I skipped out on some of the more touristy must-tries like whale and fermented shark, and went instead for Reykjavik’s classics, including Icelandic hotdogs, chocolate covered liquorice, and world-famous cinnamon buns. Overall, Iceland is a tasty place.
Iceland was an absolute dream!! Just under two weeks ago a found a great last minute deal and booked a spontaneous trip to Reykjavik. Three nights/four days was absolutely not enough time to see the country, but it was worth it all the same, and definitely made a great getaway.
The Blue Mountains are such a fantastic day trip from Sydney. It cannot be missed. In the eight months I lived in Sydney I went up three times, but looking back I’d like to go back a lot more! It’s also a few degrees cooler than Sydney, so it’s an especially great escape in the summer!
Antigua was better than I expected, and I expected a lot. The city is beautiful and energized and just full of life. There’s a lot more going on here – more people, more tourists, more volcanos, and more unexplained religious festivals. It’s somewhere you can spend a day or a year and probably still have lots to discover and explore.