Uncategorized

SALKANTAY TREK: DAY 5 – THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

SALKANTAY TREK: DAY 5 – THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

DAY 5: THE FINAL COUNTDOWN We wake fresh after our first night’s sleep in a comfortable bed and access to a shower, even if the water wasn’t hot. I am so excited I feel sick. I have dreamt of this day for as long as […]

SALKANTAY TREK: DAYS 3 & 4 – INTO THE JUNGLE

SALKANTAY TREK: DAYS 3 & 4 – INTO THE JUNGLE

SALKANTAY TREK – DAY 3: INTO THE JUNGLE On the third day, our five pack became four. The six-hour decline on yesterday’s hike had hacked at Carly’s knees and she decided to rest and not risk further injury before Machu Picchu. With her knees bandaged […]

SALKANTAY TREK: DAY TWO -The only way is up

SALKANTAY TREK: DAY TWO -The only way is up

We woke before the sunrise. Just the few of us and the shadows that began to dance on the mountains like children playing shadow puppets on a wall. Our guide Caesar knocks on our glass door and hands us cocoa tea. The warmth of the […]

SALKANTAY TREK: DAY ONE – From the ground, up

SALKANTAY TREK: DAY ONE – From the ground, up

We leave our Cusco hostel in darkness. It’s 4:30am and I am too cold to think but I shuffle down the cobble-stoned street, a bag on my back and Ivy in my arms. We walk only a few minutes to the designated meeting point, The […]

Me, Myself and the Mum

Me, Myself and the Mum

Somewhere in nine months of pregnancy, 36 hours of labour, and weeks of learning how to keep my tiny human alive, I lost myself. I packed myself into a box and put it neatly away on the nursery shelf next to children’s books smelling of […]

Leaving on a jet plane

If I could capture these emotions right now I would bottle them. I’d sort them into one hundred tiny jars and keep them stored with labels so I could select the right one at any given time. “Excitement, happiness, fear, sadness, overwhelmed, grateful.” The categories […]