6 reasons to love La Paz

After a month, we left Samaipata bound for La Paz, a city we had heard very mixed reviews about.

After 24 hours travelling, we arrived in bustling, busy, polluted but very cool La Paz. We found a ridiculously good value double room (70 Bs night) in Hostel Austria and set out to explore the city and its surrounding area.

La Paz is the highest capital city in the world. At 3600m to 4000m above sea level, the city sprawls across spectacular cliff faces and mountain ranges. It’s steeped in history, political chaos, has a colourful culture and a wide gap between the rich and poor; this city is a real marmite place, you either love it or hate it. We think you should love it for all it offers both in the city, and the surrounding area!

La Paz at Sunrise

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Wine Town and City Scenes: Mendoza & Santiago

The 17 hour long bus journey was remarkably pleasant. We bought “semi-cama” tickets which means your big leather chair reclines and is nearly as comfortable as a bed. We were served an edible dinner (I’m learning not to be picky) within an hour or two and then breakfast in the morning. It’s just like being on an aeroplane but more roomy.

Once in Mendoza, our friends picked us up and we dropped our bags at the house before going to explore the town centre.

Mendoza is a pretty town with lots of green well decorated plazas, restaurants and cool bars.


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An Explosion at Gatwick and Plastic Fantastic Dubai

The day finally arrived after over a year of planning. Our bags were packed, mine slightly more full than Max’s of course.

My Mum and Dad packed the car with us and took us to the airport to catch an evening flight. We planned to stop on the way for some food but disappointingly London traffic had other plans for us and the 22 mile journey to a pub in Surrey took 2.5 hours so we pushed on to the airport as it was now too late to stop. Once we had checked in our bags, we decided to grab supper and luckily La Brasserie at the Sofitel squeezed us in! The food, wine and service were outstanding, I couldn’t recommend it more. Next time we have an early flight from Gatwick North Terminal, I will definitely be booking a room.

By the time we had eaten, it was less than an hour until take off so we left Mum and Dad to finish and made our way to security. As soon as we left the hotel area I noticed a funny smell and smoke. Continue reading “An Explosion at Gatwick and Plastic Fantastic Dubai”

Berlin Baby

We obviously stayed in Berlin for the Marathon but it was such a busy weekend we didn’t really get to experience what Berlin has to offer… which was fine because we knew we were returning the following weekend for a wedding.




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Berlin Marathon

Wow, what a busy weekend. Early Friday morning we dashed up to St. Pancreas, indulged in crispy croissants and bowls of coffee and tea and jumped onto the Eurostar bound for Brussels. We stayed in a friend’s apartment with a stunning view over the city.

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