2017 Highlights & New Year Thoughts

2017 has been one of the most difficult years of my life, but equally the most transformative and rewarding. It was a year in which my sense of self was knocked down again and again, but in these moments of uncertainty and loss I learnt more about myself than ever before and grew exponentially in the process.

I went from struggling to find the beauty and motivation in the everyday to revelling in it. Losing my sense of comfort in how I understand the world (and myself) forced me to re-evaluate my priorities and learn to cherish and prioritise what really matters to me.

Before I talk about what I have learnt from 2017 I wanted to share some highlights of my year:

  • I had incredible experiences travelling to Florence, Montreal and Tilburg in the Netherlands for the first time

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6 Hidden Instagram Hotspots in Peru

Hi guys, I finally got my life (relatively) in order and wrote a new article for the National Student on six incredible hidden Instagram hotspots in Peru! Here’s an excerpt from the article, I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it:

“With the likes of the stunning Amazon rainforest and the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu in its borders, Peru is already renowned for being one of the most picturesque and photo-worthy countries in the world. However, if you step off the beaten path in this South American country you can discover remarkable hidden gems just waiting to be photographed, taking your wanderlust and Insta stream to new heights.

 

1. Huayllay stone forest

In the open Peruvian fields of the Huayllay National Sanctuary, you can find a forest of stone, towering pillars rising impossibly into the sky. These incredible formations have existed for thousands and thousands of years and now host rock-climbers and visitors alike who come to bask in this otherworldly landscape…”

You can read the full article here. If there are any places you think are worthy additions to the list let me know in the comments below!

Six Unforgettable Experiences in Peru

I’m really excited to finally share with you guys my first article about Peru for The National Student. I spent two weeks in Peru in the beginning of August and it was a life-changing experience for me. Even in this article, I couldn’t adequately put into words the vast wonder and overwhelming beauty of this country.
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There was so much more I wanted to talk about, which I intend to do in further articles, but these are 6 of my favorite and most memorable experiences in Peru. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

 

“This summer I spent two weeks in Peru, and it was easily the most remarkable place I have ever traveled in my life. From the otherworldly deserts on the coast to the lush tropical rainforests of the Amazon there are so many incredible places to see in Peru, and such a rich culture present in everything from their beautiful woven tapestries to their delicious food.

During the two weeks we were there I felt like we had just scratched the surface of this country, and I didn’t know how I could possibly consolidate everything we had experienced into a single article. After much deliberation I’ve complied the 6 most unforgettable experiences from my adventure in Peru here (with more articles to come):

  1. Walking tour of Cusco

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Once the capital city of the Incan empire, the mountainous city of Cusco is now a cultural hub where people from around the world come to marvel at Peruvian culture, explore the city’s winding streets and colorful markets, and even try some roast guinea pig…”

To read the full article, check it out here. I am currently trying to decide what will be the topics of my next articles about Peru, so if there is any focus or area that you would really like to hear more about, leave a comment below.