“By definition, you have to live until you die. Better to make that life as complete and enjoyable an experience as possible, in case death is shite, which I suspect it will be.” ― Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting


I have just left the beautiful city of Cape Town in pursuit of adventure in Latin America. I’m not labouring under any romantic delusions about living abroad; I know there will be difficult days/weeks/months, and I don’t expect to “find myself”. But I do hope to  challenge myself, to learn and to grow. I hope to escape the complacency and claustrophobia that accompanies getting too comfortable at home.

I’m exploring a new culture and language in Barranquilla, Colombia with my dashing partner in crime. Keagan and I are English teachers with Volunteers Colombia, working at vocational training institutions for the National Service of Learning (Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje or SENA).

I’m sure no-one would describe me as disciplined or persistent, and although procrastination is one of my most well-developed skills, I hope to update this record of our experiences fairly regularly. I guess we’ll see how that goes…


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