Exam Season Advice

Exam seasons are horrific aren't they? Everyone is moody and stressed, over-eating or under-eating, anxious, unfocused and panicking. Overlay this with a sudden desire to get really good grades, a feeling that has stayed dormant throughout term, and people find themselves in a real pickle. Exam season is a bipolar roller coaster of sheer, sleep-deprived determination; … Continue reading Exam Season Advice

A poetic foray into digestion

Her stomach gurgles, her belly quivers, Her eyes dart round, her body shivers, Her blood is pumping, pupils dilating, Her brain firing signals, neurons pulsating.   “I’m hungry” she says, stomping her feet, Her hands curled in fists, her cheeks pink with heat, Her blood sugars low, her brain senses the threat, Hypoglycaemic, she’s getting … Continue reading A poetic foray into digestion

Coach Predator

You sit next to me with other seats spare, On the back of my head I feel your stare. I grit my teeth and peer out the window, The coach starts moving, grumbling, slow.   You spread out your knees, I pull away mine, You’re in my space, I pretend it’s fine, Then your elbow … Continue reading Coach Predator

A snapshot moment

I'll set the scene: Me (purple, floaty trousers, black and green Hawaiian shirt, slightly tanned, curly hair tied back), lying in my hammock in the "porch" of our "mansion". It is HOT today, so hot in fact that I got in the "shower" earlier fully clothed just to cool down a bit. The sun is … Continue reading A snapshot moment

22-02-2018 Menstruation Magic

This morning, a guide, Javier and myself set out into the forest to set up my project. I need 12 transects (straight lines that I use to mark where I will collect my data) in both primary and secondary forest. We found suitable areas with plenty of space and started to set these up, however, … Continue reading 22-02-2018 Menstruation Magic

17-02-2018 The ups and the downs

It's a quiet day at the station today. Only Heather and I are here so we have complete freedom to do what we like when we like. This freedom only really extends to when we eat, usually with more people at the station mealtimes are regular and we take it in turns to cook each … Continue reading 17-02-2018 The ups and the downs

08-02-2018 ill and abroad: a detailed account

Date Saturday 3rd of February Scene Lying in bed in a hotel room on the 4th floor of our favourite Hotel in El Coca, the Rio Napo.  8pm And so occurred the last in a series of bad decisions: a massive bowl of pasta for dinner. Accompanied with soy sauce (beggars can't be choosers) and … Continue reading 08-02-2018 ill and abroad: a detailed account

25-01-2018 Back home

It's a beautiful day in the jungle. I woke up this morning at 10am which never happens because I'm usually sweating by 8, but this morning it was cool which was delightful. We arrived a couple of days ago with 2 volunteers who are living here for 2 weeks. They are a French/Colombian couple who … Continue reading 25-01-2018 Back home

20-01-2018 Nice to be back, Quito

I have arrived in Ecuador safe and sound, sorry to say bye to England but excited to settle back into my Ecuadorian life! Goodbyes were quite hard this time, and it was tougher than usual to tear myself away from my family and friends, but the further from home I travelled, the more I started … Continue reading 20-01-2018 Nice to be back, Quito

An unrequited (uninvited) infatuation.

It’s rather cruel this life we live in black and white, and colour, The more we have the more we give, the more that we do suffer.   The more we learn the less we know, Oh, the irony of knowledge, An unfair joke, a punchline that we refuse to acknowledge.   I’m grieving and … Continue reading An unrequited (uninvited) infatuation.