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

20-02-2018 Monotony

I want to preface this post with a reality check: We live in the rainforest, in Ecuador, near an Indigenous Community, at a research station, on a river bank, in wooden huts, without a car, without a boat (more importantly), with just each other, in the jungle. Like if you saw our location on a … Continue reading 20-02-2018 Monotony

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

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

15-01-2018 I really ought to be packing

So it is (almost) that time again. The time to leave my family and friends behind in England and live in another country and culture for a significant period of time. This is, in fact, the 5th time I have taken off to another country with no return flight booked. The shortest period of time … Continue reading 15-01-2018 I really ought to be packing

How to survive in the Jungle

First of all, I hope that none of you reading this are intending on actually using this blog post as a guide to the jungle. I am not professing to have succeeded at life here, nor am I suggesting I have any great wisdom on the matter. This is more a collection of observations and … Continue reading How to survive in the Jungle

Why We’re Here – The Research

For those of you who have got the impression that so far my time in Ecuador has mostly been exploring, lying in a hammock and swimming, you're wrong. Well, half wrong. Okay, just a little bit wrong, we have been doing a lot of that. But there's a much more serious side to our life … Continue reading Why We’re Here – The Research

Rainforest frustrations and jungle revelations

So it turns out that the rain forest is actually a fairly harsh environment to live in. Who would have thought? Gone are our misguided delusions of tanning in the sun, swimming laps across the river, being fluent in Spanish within the month and keeping up our physical fitness. These activities have been replaced with … Continue reading Rainforest frustrations and jungle revelations

My first week in Ecuador

Did you know that the capital city of Ecuador, Quito, is the ‘highest’ capital city in the world? (but only when Sucre is considered capital of Bolivia, if it’s not then technically La Paz in Bolivia is higher) sitting at 9,350ft (2,850m) above sea level. Altitude sickness is a real danger in Quito, and unfortunately … Continue reading My first week in Ecuador

San Jose, Silicon Valley, Santa Cruz and San Francisco

So it's been an amazing 11 days in NorCal staying with my aunt, uncle, Charchie and cousins in Los Gatos in Silicon Valley. I've explored a lot in the time I've been here, but of course there's always more to see and more to do! I'm not quite sure what I expected from my first … Continue reading San Jose, Silicon Valley, Santa Cruz and San Francisco

Take Off

I’ve been waiting all summer for moments of inspiration, flashes of thought that creep down into my hands, urging me to write. But they have eluded me. I think writing is an art, for which you need creativity, passion and a purpose. It’s not like maths or science where you apply logic or reason to … Continue reading Take Off