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Weekly Challenge #31: Tango

This week I'll be immersing myself in the world of Tango, and I'll be doing it in Buenos Aires, the spiritual home of Tango.

Weekly Challenge #30: make perfect Dulce de Leche

I'm spending a week in caramel heaven, learning how to make the perfect Dulce de Leche, which is a total Argentine classic.

How I conquered procrastination in just 1 week

Last week was Productivity Week for me. Not every Weekly Challenge delivers tangible and immediate benefits, but focusing on getting stuff done for just 1 week enabled me to find the techniques I needed to overcome procrastination once and for all. A problem with finishing First, let’s procrastinate for a minute with a (relevant) little...

Everyone hates a wine buff

Wine week. Conclusions. Good? Good, bad, weird. Advice for readers? Beware the Malbec spell. If it looks like my writing style has altered, perhaps it’s down to the state in which I have been left by all the fermented grape juice I disappeared during a week focused almost exclusively upon wine. Like a gibbering old...

Weekly Challenge #29: Poetry

“If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way.” Seamus Heaney Following the recent passing of the incomparable Seamus Heaney, I felt a strong urge to spend some time reading poetry. That, dear reader, sounds like a Weekly Challenge! So this week I shall be reading 7 poets, wandering lonely...
Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats: Bolivia in a nutshell

Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats: Bolivia in a nutshell

Traveling the Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia is, at times, a bruising, spartan experience; but the 3-4 day jeep tour (which has become Bolivia’s number 1 tourist attraction) also exposes you to breathtaking sights, as natural wonder after natural wonder drifts past the window of your dusty, uncomfortable jeep. This pleasure-pain combination would...

Weekly Challenge #28: productivity

This Weekly Challenge is now COMPLETE. Yay! To see How I Conquered Procrastination in just 1 week, take a wander over here. Productivity. Getting stuff done. Mono-tasking without monotony. Making ideas happen. Behind almost every success story is a system, and the system usually addresses the thorny issue of productivity. I mean, come on, haven’t...

Weekly Challenge #27: live like a Gaucho

For our second week in Argentina, we headed south west of Buenos Aires to volunteer on an Estancia (Argentinian ranch) set in the remote, flat, endless pampas. With my wife being the world’s biggest horse fan it was an opportunity for her to see how horses live in this gaucho (cowboy) culture. For me, the...
6 lessons learned from 6 months in flux

6 lessons learned from 6 months in flux

Half a year ago today my wife and I hit the pause button on our careers, waved goodbye to everything and began our quest for a new lifestyle. For me it also signalled the beginning of My Year In Flux, and today is the half way point in this, my life experiment of a lifetime....

Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world

My Weekly Challenge this week may be about wine, but every cause has an effect, and drinking wine to excess will make you see the world differently. So after drinking much tasty Malbec last night at the vineyard of a friend-of-a-friend, here in Mendoza, we got to talking with the vineyard owner about the problems...

Weekly Challenge #26: become a wine connoisseur

This Weekly Challenge is now complete, to see how I got on in Mendoza, including my discovery of the mythical ‘wine duvet’ have a look at this hilarious post. To celebrate arriving at the Weekly Challenge half way point in My Year In Flux, I’m going to pop some celebratory corks, sniff a few fruity...

Rise of the photo zombies

Following a week experimenting with Mental Photography, I’m here to deliver the inconvenient truth: we spend too much time with chunks of plastic and glass in front of our faces. Forget the imminent threats of environmental catastrophe and economic meltdown, it’s the camera we should be worried about. For while our backs have been turned,...