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Galapagos live aboard: One of our favourite friends on the Galapagos islands

Six amazing days aboard a Galapagos live aboard

July, 2016: For me the Galapagos islands conjure up images of ancient looking iguanas, giant tortoises and vast, sun drenched volcanic landscapes. An impossibly blue ocean twinkles in the distance and a soundtrack of David Attenborough’s soothing voice echoes…

Venezuelan family: Outside the El Tigre Civil Registry office with Renny and the actual registry with information about my grandfather

Discovering my Venezuelan family – Part 2*

July, 2016: In the ensuing days after our first attempt to find my long lost Venezuelan family, I had all but made peace with our failed mission.  That was until we were effectively taken hostage over a payment dispute…

Venezuelan family. My grandfather in uniform. Handsome devil!

Discovering my Venezuelan family – Part 1*

June, 2016: Twelve years ago on my first trip to Latin America I learned that my grandfather on mum’s side ended his days in Venezuela.  According to mum, granddad died in the middle of Venezuela at some point in the…

Sunset over Kukenam the night before climbing Roraima

Climbing Roraima: Venezuela’s Lost World

June, 2016: The south east of Venezuela is largely taken up by the 3 million hectare Canaima National park. The park contains some of earth’s oldest rock formations including numerous table top mountains called ‘tepui’. Mount Roraima is the tallest of…