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A New Year’s Resolution

Let’s face it, I’ve been a bit rubbish about keeping this blog updated since I got back from travelling – a lot of that has been because it’s been pretty knackering getting used to working again after 15 months of lovely unemployment – but now I’m settled in again, that’s a pretty lame excuse.

I must admit I’ve never found writing particularly easy, but it’s a good discipline to stick to, partly because I enjoy sharing my experiences of travelling with people, but also because it’s a nice record for myself, and keeping up with it is a way of capturing the memories of all the fantastic experiences I’ve had, and even just a year later, I really enjoy going back and reading about what I’ve been up to.

So in that spirit, and prompted by the folks at wordpress, I’m going to attempt to use their ‘post a week in 2011’ initiative to try and give me a reason to post more regularly. Last week I wrote about my four months of travelling through nine countries in 2010 and next up will be the first of my posts about my trip to Nicaragua in November. Wish me luck, and thanks for reading.

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Bad Blogger

Blame it on bad internet connections that have made it impossible to upload photos. Blame it on having two weeks of Spanish lessons and no time to do anything else. Blame it on travelling with friends. Blame it on Gary’s Paradox (i.e. when you’re travelling you have no time to blog but when you’re blogging you’re not travelling). Whatever the reason, I’ve let myself get a bit behind on my blogging of late.

It’s not just blogging, I also have a mountain of emails and facebook messages to get through, and numerous phone calls to make to family and friends (so sorry to all of you who are waiting to hear from me).

Hopefully the backlog should be cleared soon – I have ten posts written and waiting to go as soon as my photos are online (and I have high hopes of good internet access in Antigua, where I’m headed tomorrow).

In the meantime, if you want to find out what it’s like to be in San Pedro (where I am now), Malena has a great post about the place and the lovely artisanl chocolate made here by Diego. I can confirm iut is truly delicious.

Christine from Almost Fearless wrote a classic post earlier this year about the experience of living with a host family while studying Spanish in Guatemala. Sadly my experience wasn’t quite as good as hers, but I had a wonderful experience all the same which I’ll be writing about soon.

Daniel & Audrey from Uncornered Market visited the amazing market of San Francisco el Alto just before I did, and it sounds like they had an equally interesting experience

Matt’s not quite as far behind as I am, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes it to posting about our time in Guatemala before I do – all the same, his recent post about the Sumidero Canyon in Mexico makes me really wish I’d had time to visit.

Finally, one of my other favourite recent posts is from Jeremy & Eva of Forks & Jets, who are continuing to make me hungry with the latest in their series of excellent posts about the food they’ve encountered on their trip. As always, the writing is great and the photos even better.

Hopefully normal service will be resumed pretty soon.

Travel blogging inspiration

A large part of the planning process for my trip has been reading other travel blogs. They’ve been a great way to inspire me, as well as help me pass the time (and daydream) over the 15 month long planning process. Here are some great recent posts that have helped me along the way…

Latin American itineraries

Almost Fearless will be spending six months traveling through Latin America, starting, like me, in Mexico. Really looking forward to following how she goes, as I’ll be following a similar path in March.

One Giant Step will be spending three months in South America from June 2009 – meaning they’ll hit Peru just before I get there.

Colombia

Colombia was the last country to get added to my plan – and after reading these two reports on Bogota, it’s now one of the bits I’m most excited about:

Lollopoleeza on Bogota

On Our Own Path reckon Bogota is completely different to what you think

Hiking

Aside from Colombia, doing some serious hiking in the Andes is another thing I can’t wait for. Here’s where some of my inspiration comes from:

Best Hike blog on the Ausangate circuit in Peru

Sam and Will have just done the Torres del Paine circuit in Chile. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to fit it in, but it sounds so great I might have to try and find a way.

Diving

I’m hoping to learn to dive in Honduras, which will enable me to dive in Indonesia & the Philippines. Globestompers have a great report on Sipadan in Indonesia.

Photography

I’ve mentioned him before ages ago, but Gallo Moa’s photography continues to amaze me. He’s really come into his own with his portraits of people in India, but the whole blog is worth a read, as he’s traveled through some more unusual destinations, including Armenia, Iran, and Georgia (unfortunately it all kicked off while he was there), taking great photos everywhere along the way. He’s also obsessed with photographing bicycles, which is pretty cool.

London

Last but by no means least my friend Adrian has been showing that you really don’t need to go away to be a traveller, especially when you live in London – firstly through the brilliant shop name geography, where he explores the visible influence of London’s immigrant communities by way of shop names, and enjoying football with Norwegian fans, the latest in a series of posts where he enjoys football matches with expat communities in the city.

Oh – and I’ve updated my blogroll too, so go check out any you haven’t yet, there’s so much good writing and photography there to be discovered —————>

Beyond the Axis of Evil

For some reason Syria has never been high on my list of must-visit countries. I think in my mind it tends to get overshadowed by higher profile sites in the middle east / Arab world, such as Egypt (the Pyramids), Israel (Jerusalem), and Jordan (Petra). I have a feeling being rather simplistically dubbed part of the Axis of Evil doesn’t exactly help its tourism profile either.

That was until the recent series of blog posts over at ClearlyEnlight’s Travel Blog. The sheer amount of amazing historical buildings; Damascus, the oldest continuously inhabited city of the world; the natural scenery – all stunning, and well worth a read.

It’s now gone straight to the top of my list of counties to visit after I get back from my year away.