Richard has circumnavigated the world on two separate occasions; his travels taking him to Machu Picchu ruins in Peru, Piranha fishing in the Amazon, Scuba diving with sharks in the Great Barrier reef and Galapagos Islands and shooting lions in the Masai Mara, Kenya (with a camera, not a gun).
He has survived a sting from a Portuguese Man-o-War, a menacing stare from an Eastern Brown snake, Cuban Airlines and daytime television.
He has helped build a swimming pool on Bondi Beach and removed the intestinal tracts from king prawns in the kitchens of a posh restaurant; neither, he states, as good or as bad as they sound. Along the way he has met an Iraqi girl who had danced for Saddam Hussein, a rodeo rider who had broken every bone in his body, a voodoo witch doctor who told his fortune with bones and a giant Grouper fish called Elvis.
November 4th 2011
Day 1 - I arrived in the Galapagos Islands, early afternoon, after a smooth flight from Guayaquil, crammed with children from the Ecuadorian mainland going on a school trip. Seeing them on their school trip to the Galapagos Islands made me feel robbed as I sat and recalled my school trips to Ford Castle and Vindolanda on grey, windswept, English autumns. I was met by a travel company representative in Baltra’s small, bustling airport and from there driven to the port. Upon arrival at the dusty port, which was more of rocky outcrop, I stood and awaited my vessel and naturalist guide. Before I had even boarded my ship, the Cruz del Sur, my adventure though the footsteps of Charles Darwin had begun. The weather was perfect, and in too few instances can you say that. ... read more
August 4th 2011
With trepidation, the first few wildebeest dip their toes and snouts into the unknown tea-coloured waters of the Mara River. The growing number of their kind that follow close behind either increase their courage, or startle them into a swift retreat back up the bank from the mud and water to dust and grass…and relative safety. They continue to wait and search for the courage for the crossing that they know they have to make, as more of them arrive, bustling for position and kicking up the dry dust of the bank into the hot, east African air. Eventually, a solitary beast, out of fear, necessity, or a new found bravery, makes the move. A sudden jump into flowing river and then further jumps through the water. These bounding movements through the river make you unsure ... read more