5 Islands I Want To Visit

You might have read about my top 5 tranquil islands before and how the Maldives is one of my dream destinations, but here are my top 5 islands that I’d love to visit. Some are countries in their own right, others merely islands – it’s not all about sand and sun though – hiking, wildlife, Read more about 5 Islands I Want To Visit[…]

Jonny Blair stands on the equator

World Borders: Crossing the Equator by foot at Ciudad Mitad del Mundo, Ecuador

In my series of world borders, I’m usually talking about borders between separate countries or territories. Today however is all about a border within the same country – Ecuador. This isn’t a territorial border – it’s the Equator! It separates the Northern Hemisphere from the Southern Hemisphere. Crossing the border by foot here in Ecuador Read more about World Borders: Crossing the Equator by foot at Ciudad Mitad del Mundo, Ecuador[…]

Jonny Blair in Quito's old town

Thirsty Thursdays: Canelazo and Ecuadorian Music in La Ronda, Old Town, Quito

Today’s Thirsty Thursdays takes me back to December 2010 on my travels when I stayed in the Old Town of Quito in Ecuador. I simply loved the local charm of the Old Town in Quito and was staying at the quite excellent Colonial House Hotel. A four storey terraced house turned into a hostel. All Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: Canelazo and Ecuadorian Music in La Ronda, Old Town, Quito[…]

Equator Trip – Part 3 – Museo De Sitio Intinan *

The third and final part of my trip across the Equator in Ecuador involved a special trip to another touristy museum, this one featuring slightly more gimmicks and quirky tricks than the Museo De Ethnografico. I walked round the corner from the city (the unusual Ciudad Mitad Del Mundo – almost a custom built city Read more about Equator Trip – Part 3 – Museo De Sitio Intinan *[…]

Backpacking in Ecuador: Quitting Quito

I was on a money saver. Only the way I do. I’d gladly spend a few quid on dinner and beers yet neglect a bed for a night’s sleep. So that’s what my last night in Quito was all about. I’d been to the New Town that day with Norbert, the German guy I met Read more about Backpacking in Ecuador: Quitting Quito[…]

“I Get So High I Just Can’t See It…” – Cruz Loma, Looking Down On Quito *

Staying in Ecuador’s capital Quito was never something I had longed to do, as it happens. However I had wanted to cross the equator by foot for the first time in Ecuador, so with Quito being fairly close by, it ended up being the obvious place to stay. Once I got there I realised that Read more about “I Get So High I Just Can’t See It…” – Cruz Loma, Looking Down On Quito *[…]

Equator Trip Part 2: Ciudad Mitad del Mundo, Ecuador – Museo Etnografico

This is the second part of my trip from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere. I had spent almost 15 months living in the Southern Hemisphere from October 2009 until December 2010, and when I made it to Ecuador, it was time to cross the Equator by foot for the first time in my Read more about Equator Trip Part 2: Ciudad Mitad del Mundo, Ecuador – Museo Etnografico[…]

Backpacking in Peru: A Bit Of A DiLima

Lima is the capital city of Peru. I had no real intention of visiting it to be honest as on a quick tour round South America, I dipped into Peru purely to see Machu Picchu, yes I was that selfish and that unhungry to see the rest of Peru, just yet. But without having been Read more about Backpacking in Peru: A Bit Of A DiLima[…]

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