The Amazon: On Surviving (Yet Another) Boat Ride

Nico: “The flight date you booked was 14 March 2018, today is 14 April 2018”.

Riana and the boys are standing in the queue with me, they are tired and fed-up from all the rushing and running in-between flights. We are on the Lima airport in Peru, just rushed off a flight out of Patagonia to make the check in for the flight to Iquitos in the heart of the Amazon within northern Peru. We want to reach Iquitos early in the afternoon in order to still make our 3 to 4 hour boat journey on the Amazon River to the Lodge, but now we do not have an airline ticket. It seems I made a mistake on our departure date when buying the tickets online 3 months earlier. Continue reading “The Amazon: On Surviving (Yet Another) Boat Ride”

Of the year that was 2017 in running

During the last few days of 2017, as we reflected on year gone by, I crunched a few running numbers just for the sake of interest  /being OCD/Virgo/a runnergeek. The stock take was actually sparked when, during a long run in December,  I crossed the 1000 km mark for for the year. A whopping one thousand kilometers! On my feet! That is like running from Namibia’s southernmost border, Vioolsdrift, to Otjiwarongo in the north of the country and having some 60 km in spare change! Continue reading “Of the year that was 2017 in running”