Peru

Machu Picchu

12-23rd October 2016

Peru is another place I am fairly ignorant too. It’s not a short list so it’s not much of a surprise. Never the less, I had heard they eat Alpaca here. If I knew what an Alpaca was I might be surprised by that. The only other nugget of information is that Machu Picchu is here. Somewhere. For some reason you have to go to Lima and then to Cuzco and then trek somewhere else to reach it. The start of an adventure for sure

## Let The Parties Begin

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Rio, Brazil

Getting soaked

24th October – 27th October 2016

Brazil was always destined to be good. One of my friends from back home decided to fly out and spend two weeks with me. It’s also the final wonder of the (modern) world left for me to visit.

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Cancun Valladolid Tulum, Mexico

Cenote Mexico

2-9th October 2016

Cancun was the beginning of something special.

## The Lonely Mr S

Going to my room to change for the pool (yeah, the hostel has a pool!) I notice a man lingering behind. Let’s call him Mr. S. He follows me in and it turns out we’re roommates. I tell him I’m going to go swimming and he says “yeah, I might too actually”. He precedes to ask me some pretty strange questions and then I decide to turn around to put my wallet in the locker. Just in case. I turn back and see everything Mr. S has to offer.

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Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City Art

28th September – 2nd October 2016

Mexico City. Not a place I originally planned on coming but it was a stopover on the flight so there was no reason not to stop for a few days and explore.

In the airport, I witnessed some great kindness from a gentleman in the immigration queue who helped a lady who was struggling with her young son and umpteen bags. He spoke to the immigration people to get her to the front of the queue and then helped her with her bags whilst the majority of passengers just politely ignored the lady. He then went back to his place in the queue and continued to wait patiently. I made a point of first of all trying to help even though I didn’t speak the language and secondly telling the gentleman what a nice thing he did. It’s the least you should do witnessing generosity.

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Toronto, Canada

Niagara Falls Toronto

13-18th September 2016

Arriving in Toronto was one of the most nerve-racking experiences entering a city so far. My sister was helping set me up with a friend of a friend for a place to stay but nothing was concrete just yet. That, up to this point, has been fine. The issue that made this particularly worrying was that, given the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was on, there was no back up. Hostels, budget hotels, all booked up. I hoped it would work itself out and evidently my nerves were showing when I was communicating with other people.

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Montreal, Canada

Party in the park Montreal

8-13th September 2016

Way back in China, two fellow travellers said I should come to Montreal when I’m in Canada. They were sure I’d have somewhere to stay. Now a few days before I arrive in Toronto and Veronica has said I can stay with her. The excitement starts to bubble. I’d get to see newly made friends a second time and see a city I hadn’t originally planned on!

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Panama

Panama Canal

9-12th October 2016

Panama City. I only have two points of reference for this place. Panama Canal. Though I’m not even sure where I heard about that and also on Prison Break, the TV show. I may even be wrong here. I believe Panama was their getaway location. Where there’s nothing around, no extradition laws and sunny beaches.

Turns out there’s mosquitos too!

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