Cockroaches Crawling Over Toothbrushes in the Amazon Rainforest

Back in 2009 I left my old job as a lab technician pushing rabbit blood through a syringe to volunteer with a conservation company in the Amazon Rainforest in Peru. It was the first time I’d ever been away from home without being on a school trip. That’s where I lived for three months. No…

Commuting in the Amazon Rainforest

I bet you take roads for granted. You use them in your car, on your bike, hell, you might even skip down the middle of them at 4 a.m. after a particularly frivolous night out. You don’t think anything of them unless there are potholes and roadworks and traffic lights that are conspiring against you….

Leaving the Jungle and Rejoining Society

In 2009, I spent three months in the Amazon Rainforest in the Manu National Park in Peru. At the end of the three months volunteering, it was a 10-hour journey back to Cusco, the closest major city. The transition from leaving the jungle to rejoining civilized society is a stranger sensation than when you find…