I travelled in Bolivia in July, and one of the highlights of the trips was, as expected, my 3-day Jeep safari to Salar de Uyuni and the national parks around it. Fun fact: You visit the actual salt flats on the first day and spend the next two driving across outlandish mountains scapes, Martian deserts and gravel roads surrounded by multi-coloured lagoons. Driving through that makes you feel like you’re in a constant car commercial!
Uruguay (pronounced as u-ru-gw-ai to those snickering in the back row) surprised me with its small size and sense of security. Here I am getting used to looking over my shoulder and eyeing every car that slows down next to me with suspicion, but Montevideo seemed to lack that feeling. Even though it has the look of a much bigger metropolis, it’s home to only 1.5 million people – about half of the population of the whole country. It’s almost as if I could sense the quality of life improve as soon as I crossed the border.
Portugal is awesome! Old cities with streets covered in slippery cobblestones, painstakingly steep hills sneaking up to palaces and castles, the bluest January sea… I thought that in two weeks I would have enough time to go through all of Portugal, and even though I have been able to cover most of the highlights, I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface and I’m left wanting more.
When I think of Scotland, the usual suspects spring to mind first: bagpipes and haggis, highlands, a charming but at times incomprehensible accent. And wouldn’t