Natalie Hoskin


Natalie Hoskin

I'm a 20 year old student off for the biggest adventure of my life. I will be living and working in South America for a whole year - 6 month in Bahia, Brazil, four months as a teaching assistant in Argentina and then six weeks travelling. I'm keeping this blog to let you all know that I am safe and sound and having a fantastic time!
Departure date - 02/09/2009 - Status: Officially terrified!

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa July 17th 2010

Hello all! I'm currently in Arequipa, in the south-west of Peru. Since my last message I have been busy busy busy, as always when I travel... We did the silver mines in Potosi - well I did. Sarah got about 100m in and had an attack of her claustrophobia but I battled on. It was amazing to see the men at work, chewing huge wads of coca leaves. at some points I had to crawl on my hands and knees and my asthma was a struggle, but I did it. After leaving we laid on our backs in a thermal lake and stared at the blue blue sky... From there we went to Sucre, a beautiful colonial town with lots of culture, at a much lower altitude and with lovely weather...we spent two days enjoying the ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Potosi July 7th 2010

Hello all! Here I am again, off adventuring in South America! this time, I'm not alone - I'm travelling with one of my best friends from university, Sarah. We met up in Salta on Sunday afternoon, and spent most of the afternoon catching up on what we have both been up to these past ten months. We went up a hill in the centre that gave us wonderful views over the town, had a late dinner and then got our bus to La Quiaca. La Quiaca is the Argentinean border town with Bolivia - and there really isn't much to see. We didn't spend long there, just long enough to get through border control and into Villazon - its Bolivian counterpart. Villazon was already like another world - lots of Bolivian women wandering round in traditional ... read more

South America » Argentina » Santa Fe » Santa Fe June 30th 2010

Right. I know all has been a little quiet on the blogging front, but that´s because things haven´t been too exciting here. For the past 3 and a half months I´ve been working as an English teaching assistant in a university in Santa Fe, Argentina. The work has been fun. I assist in english classes with students aged 18 and above. They have a good level of English, so I concentrate on conversation, fluency and pronunciation. The teachers are all lovely and have appreciated having me there. I have been living with a family - a mother and a 6 year old girl. They are very nice but i don´t see them all that often as our schedules are very different. During my time in Argentina I have travelled to Buenos Aires (big, scary, not at ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Copacabana February 8th 2010

So, I´m writing this on my last evening in Brasil. This time tomorrow I will be at the airport, about to catch my flight home. I´m so soooooo excited to be going back and seeing everyone I love, even though leaving this amazing country is going to be very difficult. I have had a busy few days since I last posted. I left Manaus and flew to Brasilia, the capital. I wasn´t expecting to like it very much - it only became the capital in the 1960s, so its all new and overly planned out. But surprisingly I really liked it. Its a bit like aliens have landed and created a capital city, but its great, some really interesting arquitecture and some lovely people. Only stayed one day, then got the 17 hour bus to Rio ... read more

South America » Brazil » Amazonas » Manaus February 2nd 2010

Hi everyone... So, I´m in Manaus at the other end of the Brazilian Amazon from where I wrote to you last. I´m alive and well (just about) and still having a great time. There is now only a week left of my travelling before my jaunt home (so excited!), so I´m cramming in as much as I can before then. The boat trip was an interesting experience...on my deck alone there were 400 people slung up in hammocks right next to eachother. There were 3 toilets for over 200 women, which made personal hygiene a little difficult. Sleep was also hard to come by, as if anybody moved in their hammock there was a domino effect all the way down the line... I met some really cool people though and had a great time. I arrived ... read more

South America » Brazil » Pará » Belém January 25th 2010

Hi all! Right, so having not loved Recife and quite liked Olinda (very picturesque, not a whole lot to do there!), I got what was meant to be a 4 hour bus to Natal, and ended up taking fun fun! Stayed one night there, then got straight on a bus to Pipa. Pipa is a gorgeous chilled out beachtown 2 hours from Natal and I loved it. Spent 4 days there, lying on a beach, soaking up the sun and recovering from 4 months of screaming kids...if I hadn´t left when i did I would never have dragged myself away. On the 20th I got a bus back to Natal and then got an 8hr overnighter to Fortaleza. Just spent the one day there, on the beach and that was enough for me. On the ... read more

South America » Brazil » Pernambuco » Recife January 14th 2010

So, here I am, travelling round Brazil alone like an incredibly independent mature human being! It is sooooo weird having filled in details that don´t include Lençois, Bahia. Leaving was one of the most difficult things I´ve done. I really loved it there and the people and places were just about unbeatable. My last weeks were fantastic and my friends and boyfriend really spoilt me. I had Délio, Vinny, Coquinho, Gabriel, Edson, Mariana, Aninha and Evando there to see me off at the bus station, which as you can imagine was a tearful experience. I´m already trying to plan a way to go back as soon as humanly possible! I left on Monday on the 11.30 bus and slept alll the way to Salvador. Arrived 05.30 and stayed the whole day in the bus station, getting ... read more

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Lençóis December 31st 2009

Hi everyone! Sorry its taken so long, I´ve been so madly busy. Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and that you have a Happy New Year there in the cold. Right, its going to be brief I´m afraid! Ever since Madelaine arrived things have been a massive whirl of excitement and bustle. I went to meet her in Salvador - which is a really horrible city and one I´ve been spending too much time in lately what with visas and picking up and dropping off my wonderful sister. Then we came back to Lençois and I itnrduced her to all my friends and showed her all my favourite places. We did a trek to the beautiful, incredibly peaceful waterfall of Sossego and my friends also took us to several of the other beauty spots surrounding ... read more

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Lençóis December 1st 2009

Hi all! Sorry, very lazy of me to miss another week, but as you all know I´ve been having a pretty hard time being here with everything going on at home. I´ve wanted so much to be there with you all, especially as things haven´t been easy here either. One of the kids had been stealing from me and all in all things were getting rather on top of me. But, you´ll be glad to hear, things are looking up. 1) We have a new volunteer, an English guy who seems really committed to the project, he speaks good portuguese and is really nice. So that´s a huge step up. 2) We have blackboards now - might seem like nothing, but I´ve been trying to get it sorted for three months and life is sooooooo much ... read more

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Lençóis November 20th 2009

Ok, so I know its been ages since I last wrote, but life here has been crazy. I went on a trek called Grutas, where I went to a waterfall, a pitch black cave full of stalactites and stalagmites (I´m sure I´ve spelt those wrong) of varying shapes and sizes, went snorkling in the bluest water you´ve ever seen and then climbed the poster child Morro do Pai Inacio, the heart of the Chapada. It was an awesome day, despite getting eaten alive by mosquitos. Work is difficult as ever, I´ve been really tired and stressed with it lately, but a group from the US came last Monday to volunteer and they cleaned the whole project and helped me with lots of tasks so that was amazing. Joana, one on the old volunteers, is back for ... read more

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