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Weekly Challenge #32: Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls is the penultimate stop on a 7 month journey which has brought me all the way from Canada to one of the 7 wonders of the world.

A Tango odyssey: 1 week to learn tango

As we glided across the floor, I looked down into my wife's eyes and smiled. "We're dancing the Tango in a Buenos Aires Tango club", I whispered. We giggled in disbelief. Thanks to Tango week, I had completed another experience that I NEVER would have tried without My Year In Flux.

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.

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...
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 #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....

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,...

The Inca Trail: lost city, very much found

My 21st Weekly Challenge coincided with us having reached Peru on our travels through the Americas, so there only seemed one real challenge to take on…to walk the ancient Inca Trail to the famous lost city of Machu Pichu. Well, I did it, saw it and got the photo, and now I want to share...

Weekly Challenge #25: Salar Uyuni salt flats

This weekly challenge is now complete, to see how I got on on the salt flats of Salar de Uyuni, have a look here. This week we’re spending a few days heading across the Bolivian countryside towards the Salar Uyuni salt flats, where we’ll arrive at sunrise on my 33rd birthday. Sure, there have been...