5 Peruvian Foods to Fall in Love With

Five years ago I spent three months volunteering with crees [website] in the Amazon Rainforest in Peru. I’ve written a bit about it before, here and here, but today I’m going to make myself hungry by writing about all the great stuff we ate (and drank) while I was there. I know this intro has…

Puno to Cusco (Peru) by any means necessary

If I get a ticket from place A to place B from a bus station, I expect the entirety of that journey to be made by bus. So when I bought a bus ticket in Peru from Puno to Cusco, I was expecting to heave my rucksack onto a bus, then curl up in my…

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…

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…