Project: OOO blog
Thanks for getting in touch! I'm afraid it's going to take me a little while to get back to you at the moment as I'm currently waiting in Heathrow to head out to Peru where I'll be for the next two months (eek!)
I'm feeling very fortunate and I thought wouldn't it be nice if I could keep people updated every other couple of days with some snapshots and thoughts of where I am and what I'm up to.
So this is it, welcome to my OOO blog!
Ping me an email in the next few days and there'll be a new post on something that's a little bit more charming than a departures board, I promise.
Hope you enjoy and can forgive me for taking a little while to respond to you!
Speak to you soon,
Thanks for getting in touch!
Arrived in Lima, Peru after a good 24 hours travelling and although we're -6hrs behind the UK, I surprising don't have jet lag, whoop!
Just a few days in and it's safe to say I'm already falling in love with this place. The first day was spent taking a trip over to Callao, an area of Lima which is predominately known to be the city's most important port area.
Historically it's been known to be a place where you wouldn't want to be seen walking around, never mind taking some time out to take a pitstop and enjoy a coffee when looking out to the coast. The area has had a reputation for many years of it being a no-go area for it being a place that was incredibly high in crime.
Fast forward a few years, and the place is gradually going through a transformation. Much like in Liverpool, where we have the North Docks and what is now known to be the Baltic Triangle, it took many years of time, energy, committed and investment to turn the place around to be what it is today and Callao feels like it's going through a very similar change today.
The streets in Callao are covered in beautiful street art, home to boutique cafes, delicious restaurants on the waterfront, a stunning local artists' gallery, and small kiosk stands where you can pick up some yuca fries when you're feeling a little peckish.
A must and would be a shame to miss out because of its sadly negative reputation!
Now out of Lima after a good few days, and in Arequipa enjoying the weather and adjusting to the altitude!
I've never seen a place quite like Arequipa and it might just be the most beautiful city I've ever visited. Architecturally, it's stunning and it doesn't matter where you are in the city the landscape is breathtaking with the view being any one of four volcanoes.
I've spoken to people who have lived here for many years, or used to and visit regularly, and they've all shared how much this city has grown over a short number of years. But, despite its rapid growth and in case in popularity amongst tourists, the culture and tradition have remained.
I have a couple of few days left here but I head off to Colca Canyon for a 3-day trek so in the very grand old OOO way... I'll have limited access to my emails and please bare with me if it takes a few days to respond.
Wish me luck!
So, I completed the three-day Colca Canyon trek and it was one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen... the trek itself was difficult, granted, but ridiculously rewarding.
If ever in Arequipa, sign yourself up! Regardless of the aching legs, waves of mosquitos, and obvious sunburn, you'll have no regrets.
Now after days enjoying the markets, taking a trip on the city bus tour, and going to my first ever football match (I know, criminal for somebody who lives in Liverpool), tomorrow I'm getting on a 10-hour bus to Cuzco, a city in the Andes Mountains that was once capital of the Inca Empire.
Over the next week, I'll be on a five-day trek where I'll be visiting Huayracmachay, Chaullay, the Llactapata Ruins, Aguas Calientes, then finally Machu Picchu (woohoo!)
I'll most likely be shutting off for the next week, but will be checking in when I can and get back to you as soon as possible.
Speak to you soon!