beer settling in a new city

One of the disadvantages of working in international development is regularly having to say goodbye to friends and colleagues – in our case this especially applies to those wonderful people we met in Bolivia, Cambodia, and Peru over the last few years. On the flip side, one of the great things about working internationally is Read More →

flight 001 packing bags review

I loath packing and living out of a messy backpack, which I think has to do with the fact that I am German and therefore genetically predisposed towards order. I remember painfully the days when I would just throw everything in my backpack and hope for the best. Of course I never found anything and the Read More →

Amber the peace corps 2

Those of you who know my blog probably know that volunteering is a big part of my life. On my travels I always try to include a volunteer placement as I believe it is important to give something back to the communities I am lucky enough to visit. For that reason I am excited to launch Volunteering Abroad. Read More →

machu picchu altitude postcard shot

The alarm went off at 4am but I wasn’t tired or grumpy. On the contrary, I was full of excitement and emotions. Today would be the day I would finally fulfill a lifelong dream, today would be the day to test my physical limits, and today would be the day to marvel at the ancient Read More →

yura arequipa river

If there is one thing I love then it is travelling off the beaten path to places that usually only locals know about. The black waterfall of Yura Arequipa is such a place and it is so remote that the only way to reach it is by trekking through a river bed. When my Peruvian friends Read More →

chachani volcano

Ever since my gentleman of a husband carried my kit and his 4,500m up Misti volcano (5,822m elevation in total), only to have to CasEvac me back down again following yet another bout of Acute Mountain Sickness kicking my butt, he has (not very secretly) harboured a smouldering grudge. So when he decided he was Read More →

white water rafting arequipa category 4 vertical 2

“Man overboard, quickly grab the rope”, said our white water rafting guide Roberto to one of our crew who had just fallen into category four strong rapids in the Chili river and was in danger of being dragged under, hitting one of the many big boulders on the way. I have tried white water rafting before in Brazil and although Read More →

travel and business south america packing list

A lot of people loath packing, but I actually love it. Before each trip I carefully draft a packing list and tick it off one by one to ensure I don`t forget anything. Yes, I may be a bit OCD and an overly organized German, but at least I can now provide you guys with Read More →