Last night I had a dream about monkeys... now, this is something that occurs regularly so perhaps I was actually a monkey in my last life, or perhaps I'm experiencing some weird calling back to the jungle, but it reminded me of a moment in Brazil on my Dragoman trip. Me and my mate Russ did the Trans Amazon Rio to Cusco in 24 days back in Feb/March. That's him with a monkey on his face. Awwww. And here's me...Read More
The Brazilian Pantanal is probably one of the most incredible, alive places on the planet – a living, breathing organism spitting out birds before your eyes. Being amongst it feels like being in a 3D nature documentary. When the Dragoman truck pulled up at the Posada Rio Claro today after a three-hour drive along the most scenic road ever, it wasn’t long before we were ushered onto some boats for a river cruise. Look at how happy we were to...Read More
I love this. Especially as I sit here listening to a 70-year old man in his bathroom near my hammock attempting to cough and snort his innards up into his sink. Ah, travelling. You do have to have a sense of humour. Let it go... let it out... just breathe...
This is Dave. He's driven the equivalent of the circumference of the earth four times in the last eighteen months, which is 150,000 kms. That's a hell of a lot of driving. As you can see, Dave is slowly but surely becoming the Dragoman truck itself. He dresses the same, sometimes he guzzles his fuel, and he does make a series of loud noises... although to be fair this is usually when he's commanding someone to do a series of...Read More
Now. The 2013 Rio Carnival has been insaaaaaane, yes, but I couldn't help compare it to my beloved Spalding Flower Parade, which happens every year in the town I grew up in, in England. This parade features vast amounts of tulips, which are grown in the local area and everyone acts very wholesome and demure as they sit on big floats covered in flowers, waving. It's fucking FUN, I'm telling you. So, Rio... well. The Sambadrome was something else entirely....Read More
I've just been reading through the itinerary again for the Dragoman tour I'm doing with my good mate Russ, and it's getting me all excited for Brazil, whoo hoo! I've been on the road since July and while I've seen some truly insane things in South America that I'll remember my whole life, I'm not sure any of it has prepared me for the Rio Carnival. The more I hear about it, the more I think, well... I don't even...Read More