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When a bird sounds like a jet plane

When a bird sounds like a jet plane

I went for a walk in the jungle at dawn. Alone. Of course I did. Still jet lagged and awake at at 5am, it seemed sensible to be up and ready at the park gate in time for the 6am opening. With no electricity and not a huge amount to do during that hour, I was early, arriving at the gate around sunrise. It’s possible to be admitted to the park before the opening time, but you have to pay…

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Sensations and Suggestions of Guatemala

Sensations and Suggestions of Guatemala

As a contrast to the otherworldly landscapes of my first day in Guatemala, today I take a trip to Antigua. The old capital of Guatemala has many reminders of the Spanish invasion from the Baroque churches to the Moorish arcades. The colours are incredible and though the centre of town is very clearly changing to accommodate the increasing tourist population it is still charming. Antigua was designed around a grid system which helps navigation but also conceals several surprises. The…

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Volcanoes in Guatemala

Volcanoes in Guatemala

Being in a new place can be an intense experience. This is more likely when it represents a marked departure from the things and people I’m accustomed to encountering day to day. Guatemala has provided plenty of opportunities for new sensations. The place that I’m staying is palatial, with a balcony on each floor looking out towards the volcanoes that lie south of Guatemala City. It has an avocado tree in the yard, and hummingbirds that frequent the bright flowers…

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