Miraflores, Lima, Sunset
Miraflores, Lima, Sunset

We Are Under The Same Sky | Estamos Bajo El Mismo Cielo.

I am back in Blighty. Good old Blightly! Nine months, six countries, a million laughs and countless memories later, the proverbial Blighty is pretty much how I remember it.

It was never my plan to be away for so long, nor did I expect to be back this soon. It was perfect not having to be restricted by time, although my bank account did not have quite the same care free attitude as my timekeeping.

Yes, I’m back in Blighty. But it won’t be for long. I’m taking a sabbatical from travelling while I replenish my savings before heading off on a new adventure early next year, this time I’m heading to the East, although it was a series of random events that brought me to that conclusion not the roll of a dice or the toss of a coin.

Recommended Reading: Toss a Coin, Roll the Dice. On the 1st January 2016 I let chance decide where and when I would go on my next adventure.

Blighty is a nice place. I'm living in Kingston-upon-Thames - my old stomping ground when I first moved to 'the big smoke'. I realise now that it isn’t really London. It's beautiful, but it doesn’t feel like home. My pre-travel employer has offered me my old job back on a six-month contract. They know that I am heading away again in the New Year, and I loved it while I was there, so I feel so fortunate to be given the opportunity to go back.

No, not much has changed in Blighty, but everything seems very different. It’s like looking in the mirror and seeing someone else’s reflection looking back at me. I guess the thing that has changed the most is me.

Since I landed back in the UK I have hardly stopped for breath. I have moved house twice and had two jobs. I am organising a festival with my friends and have started a charity with some of the people I work with when I was in Brazil. I haven’t had the chance to feel homesick for my life on the road, but I know it will come, and that the overwhelming certainty of ‘normality’ will be crushing.

Recommended Reading: Between The Wars. Living and working in the biggest favela in the Southern Hemisphere. A piece I wrote that was short listed for the World Nomads Writing Scholarship.

In an attempt to fight off, or speed up, the post holiday blues I have been looking back on my old posts and photographs from my trip and have decided that I will share  with you my favourite moments from the time I spent in South America.

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Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. August 2016.

This was the last weekend that me and my favourite ladies were all in the same county. One has been living in Spain and then Portugal on her year abroad, the other... well she could be anywhere at any time. I am so, so looking forward to seeing them both again soon.

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Paraty, Brazil. September 2016.

A few days away from the chaos of Rocinha with my dear friend and roommate Martina. This felt felt like it marked the start of my adventures in a different way. Up until that point I had pretty much stayed in one place, from Paraty onward it was life on the road.

Source Temple Sunset Brazil
Source Temple Sunset Brazil

Source Temple, Brazil. October 2016.

"There is another way of looking at the world." That's what is written on the way into Source Temple. And when I left there back in October, I really did see the world differently. There is so much love and light behind those gates and I think about my time there everyday.

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Pichilemu Sunset 2
Pichilemu Sunset 3
Pichilemu Sunset 2
Pichilemu Sunset 3

Pichilemu, Chile. November 2016.

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Salt Flats Sunset with Natalya
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Salt Flats Sunset with Natalya

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. December 2016.

My sister and best friend (yes, they are the same person) flew out to see me for five weeks over Christmas. We laughed until we cried from the moment she arrived until the minute she got back on the plane. This was a special moment from our adventures in Bolivia.

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Sunset, Montevideo, Uruguay
Sunset, Montevideo, Uruguay 1
Sunset, Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo, Uruguay. January 2017.

My sister's last day in South America and the friends we made at the hostel in Montevideo. The day was essentially spent drinking beer and singing along to a guitar that one of the boys had with him. As the sun set we all sung 'Wish You Were Here' and, for the most part, we were all in tune. Or at least that's how I remember it.

Valparaiso Sunset with Sancho
Valparaiso Sunset with Sancho

Valparaíso, Chile. February 2017.

The first time I visited Valparaíso I left my heart behind. I was only there for three days but I cried when I felt. The second time I was there for almost a month and it was no less emotional when I left. There are some places you visit when you travel that resonate with your soul, and Valparaíso was one of those places for me.

Elqui Valley Sunset
Elqui Valley Sunset

Elqui Valley, Chile. March 2017.

Miraflores, Lima, Peru, Sunset
Miraflores, Lima, Sunset
Miraflores, Lima, Peru, Sunset
Miraflores, Lima, Sunset

Miraflores, Lima, Peru. April 2017.

The sunsets in Miraflores are incredible and this was the last one I saw on my South American adventure. I had a lot of sunsets behind me by the time I left this beautiful continent. My body is in London, for now, but we are all under the same sky and my heart and mind are watching the sun set on the other side of the planet.

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Life in the worlds largest favela carries on amongst the chaos. My shortlisted entry for the World Nomads Travel Writing Scholarship about living and working in the land the Google maps forgot.
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Bolivia By Bus.
You have been warned: Buses in Bolivia are awful. Dead llamas, cockroaches, and that's if they turn up at all! I spent 200 hours on Bolivian buses in little over 2 weeks. It was pretty tough going, but t really, REALLY is worth it though.
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24 Comments on “

  1. Isn’t it amazing to get back the old job after you come back from a long gap? It is half the trouble and uncertainty take care. And I m sure you ‘ll get busy catching up with everything that has changed since you left. Sometimes mundane is required to pep you up for the next big change. So, enjoy your sabbatical till you hit the road again..

    1. Thank you! I really do feel blessed in my situation, and of course I’m excited to hit the road again. Not long now!

  2. Stunning photography, especially Chile. Youre so lucky to be able to go back to your old job as well, and to know youre heading off again in the not too distant future should get you throug it!

  3. Its so nice of your pre-travel employer to take you back for another 6 months contract! Indeed blessed with some people around who understand your aspirations.
    Good to know you’ve visited Bolivia. That’s my dream destination!!!

    1. I would absolutely recommend Bolivia! It was a dream. I’ve written a couple of posts about the salt flats and the buses there… quite an experience.

  4. The pictures are really stunning. I love your theme, “We are under the same sky”. Is it not wonderful, that wherever we go, to any corner of the world, if we look up, we fill find the same sky, sun, moon and stars. It is indeed a comforting feeling especially when you are feeling a little lonely.

  5. Those are amazingly beautiful places—all in just one world. 🙂 But nothing compares to home. The nice thing though is that when you come home after a trip, you have become a changed person.

    1. I’m lucky to have lots of family and friends to come home to. And also lucky that they understand why I love to travel so much. Thanks for your comment.

  6. That sounds and looks like you had an amazing trip! Almost a year later and we still reminisce about our three months in Europe all the time. So we understand the post holiday blues. I really enjoyed your moments – they all sounded wonderful, especially the time with your sister.

    1. I still talk about trips I took over a decade ago. The beautiful thing about memories is that you are never far away from the place you want to be.

  7. All those places are so beautiful! The photography is great! good job. Sometimes being home is nice, we are not oblidged to travel and move all the time

    1. True. Although knowing I have something else on the horizon feels good. It’s nice just being for a little while.

  8. Wow you really have covered so much ground! And what a great place to settle back in the UK – Kingston is lovely. I hope you have a good 6 months recuperating before to head off once again!

    1. Yes Kingston is a great place, I have family and some good friends from university that still live here… the pull of the road though is never far away!

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