I am a trainee teacher from Sheffield, United Kingdom. I love to travel, and most of my travel has been under the umbrella of Girlguiding or through contacts I know in other countries.
I have been to: The United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain (for 20 mins so I don't think that counts - but I have the passport stamps!), Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Mongolia, Bahrain (I have lived here), Oman, Cyprus, Greece, USA (New York, Florida, Texas), Canada, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Brazil and Mexico.
This year I'm hoping to knock a few other countries off my list - starting with Qatar and hopefully Jordan at some time too!
My profile picture is on the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia
July 27th 2011
My second journey to visit Chile did NOT go smoothly. Travelling as a group of 6 Girlguides from the UK we were under instruction that we must travel together to get to our country, so more panic than usual ensued when we discovered that our plane from London Heathrow to Buenos Aires had been overbooked by 21 seats! A very stressful few hours followed and we resigned ourselves to a night in the airport until at the last minute we were told we were on the flight. Cue mad dash through terminal 5, making our plane with seconds to spare. The flight to Buenos Aires went without a hitch until we arrived to find no baggage. A lot of confusion later we discovered that our bags had been checked through to Santiago de Chile but we ... read more
August 16th 2010
Day 1: We flew from Santiago to Iquique on Sky Airlines - their office is based in Santiago and very accessible. We were to be in the care of the Guides and Scouts of Iquique. We arrived at the (teeny) airport to find two taxi drivers battling it out on who was supposed to be picking us up! We got in the taxi - having no idea where we were going but we were eventually met by some women who were in charge of looking after us for our stay - Lify spoke perfect English so communication wasn't a problem and the other two Spanish speakers were easy to communicate with despite the language barrier. We were lucky enough to be staying in an appartment which was for rent which was small but perfectly adequate for ... read more
August 22nd 2007
Honestly the most other-worldly place I have been in my life. Again this was a trip with Girlguiding UK and the aim was to ride across the Mongolian Steppe in aid of the Girlguiding UK Friendship fund. Main thoughts about Mongolia: Everywhere smells of cheese, EVERYWHERE, no exceptions, not even the airport. The grass is a lot sparser close up than it appears from a distance. Mongolian horsemen are like no other people I have met on earth - and how on earth they survive on nothing but 20 litres of (alcoholic) fermented mare's milk a day is beyond me. These men were literally born in the saddle and seeing them move with their horses as if they were all one being was amazing. We arrived at the airport after an epic flight and piled straight ... read more