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Roraima Trip Jan 2014

Roraima Trip Jan 2014

Mt Roraima sits brooding ahead, all 2810m of it, white clouds billowing around it, foreboding and intimidating.  Kukenan, the sacred tepui which the local people fear to climb is Roraima’s eternal brother and sits to Roraima’s left as you look at it.  It is towering into the brilliant blue sky.  It’s quiet, eerie, mystical.  Enchanting.  […]

Venezuela Days 13 and 14 – New Years Eve and Day in Caracas

Venezuela Days 13 and 14 – New Years Eve and Day in Caracas

It was New Years Eve, and Vero and I needed to wake up early to continue the journey back to Caracas. A roadside desayuno criollo washed down with coffee is about as Venezuelan as it gets, and, together with the blue sky and fresh breeze and the all important sol, we were ready to continue […]

Venezuela Day 12 – Merida and Barinas

Venezuela Day 12 – Merida and Barinas

Woke up in the 2 storey log cabin, a smell of wood and pine in the air, with a hint of petrol on the finish, which I had sloshed about the log fire last night to make it roar – the flames nearly licked the roof and got me panicking a little – not recommended. […]

Venezuela Day 11 – Merida

Venezuela Day 11 – Merida

Wonderful views of delicious green mountains greeted us as we woke, and the air was fresh and cool and full of promise – like a spring day in England. It lifts you – nature is a powerful stimulent with powerful control over moods – and today nature wanted to make me feel happy. Even the […]

Venezuela Day 10 – Into Merida proper

Venezuela Day 10 – Into Merida proper

I hadn’t had such a good sleep for a long time, and as I slowly came around I didn’t feel like ever letting my mind escape from the comforting, tranquil haze of a sleep in the lush valleys with its voluptuous fields, the endless trickling of the stream is a sound I would have anyday […]

Venezuela Day 9 – The Road to Merida

Venezuela Day 9 – The Road to Merida

A lovely sunny morning greeted us as we woke up on the sofa in the old farmhouse in Barinas. We had a cup of coffee, and then bid farewell to Ali and Senor Tomas, and one or two more people who were awake. The family were staying in Barinas for another day, so Vero and […]

Venezuela Day 8 – Caracas to Barinas

Venezuela Day 8 – Caracas to Barinas

Merida. Vero had been planning this trip for ages. It’s a paradisiacal place, in the Andes, full of spectacular scenery, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, and a whole host of adventure sports to try. We were supposed to meet a group of people to go with at 7:30am to make a nice early start. We were joining […]

Venezuela Day 7 – Caracas and El Hatillo

Venezuela Day 7 – Caracas and El Hatillo

Christmas Day in England – the equivalent of Boxing Day in Venezuela. Boxing Day where I’m from in England is the traditional ‘Uncles vs Nephews’ pub crawl, which starts at the Crown pub at 11am, where us nephews play pool against the uncles, drink pints of Tetleys, and nibble on KP nuts. We move on […]

Venezuela Day 6 – Xmas Day in Caracas.

Venezuela Day 6 – Xmas Day in Caracas.

The big day in South America for christmas isn’t the 25th, but rather the 24th December, and today a lot of Vero’s family were coming over for a special dinner which Vero and her mum had been preparing. Ayacas, ham, pork, rosada salad and another type of salad. I spent the whole day in the […]

Venezuela Day 5 – El Avila and Caracas

Venezuela Day 5 – El Avila and Caracas

I woke at 7 and threw open the doors of the room and stepped out on the balcony. Blue skies, a crisp, cool, summers morn, and incredible mountain view with the sea below. This was a vista I’d love to wake up to every day. The chef drove up from somewhere below and rustled us […]

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