Emma Bleechmore

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Emma Bleechmore

A few years ago I found my passion for travelling - experiencing different places and meeting new people has opened my mind in ways I never thought possible. These are my experiences, my thoughts and my feelings.




Africa » Botswana November 25th 2014

We have been home for over twelve months now (I still can’t believe it has been that long), and I have one final blog from our trip to get out. It has been written in my mind all this time and finally I can transfer it here to stop it from changing as time moves. I am sure it has already altered in some ways, but I am not overly concerned as I think the essence of the place stays with you long after you leave. When I began my travel journey in 2009, my first stop was Johannesburg - South Africa, then Entebbe - Uganda. I was as green as any traveller could be and was excited about the journey before me. The experience that I had in East Africa, particularly Uganda, fundamentally changed who ... read more
Stadium - Johannesburg, South Africa
South Africa
South Africa

Europe » Italy October 24th 2013

It’s 1 am. I am abruptly yanked from the calm black inside my mind by the crazy ramblings of an Italian woman. She is screaming and pacing, just outside our door. I can hear the anger in her voice as she moves, and in my mind she is a rabid dog hunting her prey. I lay there still, not wanting to make a sound and for some reason, as crazy as the one that made the Italian woman lose her mind in the middle of the night, I am frightened. I whisper to Mark to find out whether he has woken by the noise, he has and that brings me some comfort. We lay there silently until the commotion fades and eventually I drift back to sleep. In some ways our time in Italy can be ... read more
Venice
Venice
Florence

Europe » Netherlands October 19th 2013

Drugs, dildos and Dutch cheese. Upon our arrival in Amsterdam we were informed by some friends, who arrived a few days prior, that if we were in need of any of those three things then we had indeed come to the right place! Amsterdam is notorious for its sleazy red light district with its scantily dressed ladies standing in glass toy boxes surrounded by their fluorescent red calling cards with their eyes fixed squarely on the prize as well as cafes where purchasing a joint goes hand in hand with ordering a cappuccino. It is a city that has been on my travel radar for a number of years and a destination that had eluded me thus far… but perhaps for different reasons to what you might be thinking. Amsterdam houses the world’s largest collection of ... read more
Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Amsterdam

South America » Argentina October 6th 2013

We arrived in Argentina with a dilemma. We ran out of time travelling through Asia and were mindful of this when planning on our itinerary for the South American leg of this trip. We wanted to create a relaxed pace, stay in places for as long or as little time as we felt we needed to, and for the most part, we managed to stick to this. The only problem was that by the time we arrived at Argentina we had run out of time! We had just under two weeks to get ourselves from Salta to Buenos Aires and we were hoping to get to Mendoza and Iguazu Falls as well. It became apparent that something had to go. There was really no decision to be made – to visit wine country when we had ... read more
Iguazu Falls
Iguazu Falls
Iguazu Falls

South America » Bolivia September 14th 2013

Bolivia is an incredible place. When we travelled from Sucre to Uyuni, it was the landscapes that captured my attention. I was surprised at how quickly the scenery changed and how different they felt from each other. It was like we were travelling from planet to planet in a bus like spacecraft - one minute driving through a dry mountain range then, in what seemed like an instant, we were looking at a desert with yellow and green tufts of grass growing out of the black sand and further along the road it changed again, this time to a barren rocky landscape that made me wonder if anything could survive in it. Our time in Bolivia was coming to an end and although we had spent a month in such a small country, I felt an ... read more
Train graveyard just outside Uyuni
Train graveyard just outside Uyuni
Salt peak on the salt flats

South America » Bolivia September 5th 2013

We spent about a week total in La Paz, split into two distinct time periods (our western days and La Paz), broken up by a crazy beautiful week in part of the Amazon basin called Rurrenabaque. Our Western Days By the time Mark and I arrived in La Paz we had spent just over five weeks either staying in shitty hostels or camping, spending all our days exploring new cities and landscapes and travelling on uncomfortable mini buses and vans. We both love travelling like this and were having an amazing time, however we needed a break. We wanted just a few days to recharge the batteries, get some quality sleep and have a hot shower with decent pressure so I could wash my hair properly – the allure of life’s little luxuries was too much ... read more
La Paz
La Paz
La Paz

South America » Peru August 19th 2013

Mark and I decided to head into the jungle straight after our Salkantay trek, so on what seemed like endless early morning starts here in South America, we found ourselves once again, sitting on a minibus in the dark. There was an eerie sensation as we drove into the jungle as a thick mist was blanketing the forest and large trees with moss covered branches hung above us, threatening to take anyone that did not belong. The jungle was alive and it knew we were there. After about two hours driving into the mist we pulled over to the side of the road to our carefully selected lunch spot – which was just the side of the road! There we stood eating the most delicious rice and chicken in the drizzle! As we made our way ... read more
Boat near Island de Sol - Copacabana
Mark doing it tough - Island de Sol
Island de Sol - Copacabana

South America » Peru August 9th 2013

Salkantay was tough. As it turns out, I was tougher but I think I can fairly confidently declare that it is the most physically challenging and one of the most mentally challenging things I have had the pleasure of doing. The toughest part was not the four full days of hiking, or the exhaustion that goes with that, nor was it the steep hills and shortness in breath I experienced hiking at altitude. The toughest part of the trek was reminding myself that it wasn't that tough at all. Day one. It was early, not as early as it should have been because the cook, Fabian, had some family problems and forgot to pick up the gas the evening before, but nevertheless it was early. For whatever reason, I noticed our driver had abnormally large ears ... read more
Aguas Callientes
Walk with careful!
Wayna Picchu steps

South America » Peru July 30th 2013

This morning I awoke to gunshots. Or at least that is what it sounded like. Mark seems to think it might be fireworks but I am not convinced. Who the fuck lets fireworks off at six in the morning! He is probably right though, it was independence day in Peru on the 28 July so the streets had been progressively filling with people dressed in police and military attire, in preparation for the big march last Sunday. The celebrations appear to continue for days. My understanding of the march is that it was a military type parade, rather than a cultural one, similar to what we would do for Anzac day, so Mark and I booked ourselves on the earliest bus out of here. It’s funny the people you meet while you are on holidays. A ... read more
Cuzco
Cuzco
Mark and I

South America » Peru July 20th 2013

When Mark and I set forth on Saturday morning, I was filled with excitement and a great sense of relief – years of dreaming, planning and, of course, saving had finally paid off and we were heading to a part of the world I had not yet had the opportunity to explore. My next few days would be spent travelling and I had prepared myself for the long and arduous journey before me. Following an uneventful flight, where sleep was made difficult by the hordes of young, extremely noisy Christians on board making their way to Rio for what I have been told is a visit by the pope, we made it to Santiago. Little words can be said for the flight into the city at the base of the Andes, the magnificent snow-capped mountains that ... read more




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