Travel experiences of two wandering hippies. Art seen and doodles inspired. Rambles on politics.
Murals in Nicaragua

Murals in Nicaragua

There is a rich tradition in Nicaragua for painted Murals. After the Sandinista revolution they were used as a means of communication. They were a way to reach the population, a large part of who did not read or write. They would have themes such as health, literacy, revolution and...continue reading
Staggering through Cuba I

Staggering through Cuba I

We started our trip in Holguin, a dusty hot city with little to mark it as a tourist spot beyond the fact the airplane drops off here for the package trips to Guardalavaca. Guardalavaca is the crown jewel of Cuba’s tourist industry, supposedly one of the Caribbean’s best beaches, where...continue reading
Gibara

Gibara

Two hectic weeks in the hustling bustling London, a 48 hours delay spent in an airport, followed by a long flight can make you feel like you need a bit of fresh air and some time to relax. So, when we arrived to this little village on the north eastern...continue reading
Shopping is my God

Shopping is my God

I started to contemplate leaving London, again, from the perspective of having already left whilst in the departure lounge Weatherspoons at Gatwick airport. It is the sort of place that produces an emotional translucency. Coming down, slightly high, exhausted, and drinking throughout 47 hours of delays only helped the sense...continue reading
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Graffiti in Caracas and Maracaibo

Graffiti in Caracas and Maracaibo

In Venezuela we had the chance to see quite a bit of quality graffiti, some with great ideas or symbolics, some great styles, and funny and beautiful ones as well. Here is a selection from Maracibo which is in the north on the border with Colombia, and from the capital Caracas.     This last... continue reading
Caracas illustrated

Caracas illustrated

The capital of Venezuela is an amazing concrete jungle, and I say jungle because there is something very wild about it . The constant beeping and clouds of exhaust from the cars, mixed with people and street sellers, stray dogs and socialist posters, makes for an interesting ant farm framed by the square static architecture... continue reading

Post-election violence in Nicaragua

There were violent clashes in Nicaragua Thursday, November 10th. A total of seven civilians were killed and forty-seven police hospitalised as rival political groups clashed and attacked the police, who have also been accused of colluding in violent attacks. El Nuevo Diaro is reporting that three Sandanista supporters from a single family were executed in... continue reading
Election Night in Nicaragua

Election Night in Nicaragua

We spent election day, Sunday the 6th, in Granada, Nicaragua. Then travelled to Managua the following day. The night before, the most prominent signs of the election were to be found hung outside bars and liquor stores – the government had banned sales of alcohol from 6pm Saturday night and people needed reminding. Otherwise there... continue reading
Kuna Woman

Kuna Woman

The Kuna people are an indigenous tribe that live in Panamá and parts of Colombia. The women wear traditional brightly coloured dresses and blouses with panels of intricate textile patterns. During our time in Puerto Obaldia we first saw these nicely dressed and decorated ladies as they came into town to sell fruit and veg.... continue reading
Cartagena - Capurgana - Panama City

Cartagena – Capurgana – Panama City

We travelled along the north coast of Colombia to southern Panama and then flew into Panama City. It was a fabulous trip. For about the same cost as a pair of plane tickets we were able to spend a week in some of the most beautiful places we have seen so far.   We started... continue reading
Historic Mural in Caracas

Historic Mural in Caracas

We came across this great mural in the Bella Artes area  in Caracas, Venezuela. It is a painted account of the dramatic history of Venezuela, from the indigenous people living off the nature through the colonisation and the spanish inquisitors and up to modern times showing the social and racial struggles and the effects of... continue reading
Staggering through Cuba II

Staggering through Cuba II

 Havana itself feels like a different country to the rest of Cuba. In scale and commercial development it is unlike anywhere else on the island. The city itself is a mixture of architectural styles, all built tight together, that always seem to have a plaza flickering in the distance with the promise of cool breezes... continue reading
"You live in a free country"

“You live in a free country”

Our first night in Cuba I was given an impromptu lecture on Cuban history by the doctor whose house we were staying in. The following morning we took a taxi with a former revolutionary who again set about educating us on the history of the island in relation to its former rulers. On the third... continue reading
Staggering through Cuba I

Staggering through Cuba I

We started our trip in Holguin, a dusty hot city with little to mark it as a tourist spot beyond the fact the airplane drops off here for the package trips to Guardalavaca. Guardalavaca is the crown jewel of Cuba’s tourist industry, supposedly one of the Caribbean’s best beaches, where tourists turn up to booze,... continue reading
Gibara

Gibara

Two hectic weeks in the hustling bustling London, a 48 hours delay spent in an airport, followed by a long flight can make you feel like you need a bit of fresh air and some time to relax. So, when we arrived to this little village on the north eastern coast of Cuba and were... continue reading
Humoristas against war - Santa Clara, Cuba

Humoristas against war – Santa Clara, Cuba

On the 40th anniversary of the Cuban humorist publication Melaito a handful of the most acknowledged Cuban satirists, gathered in Santa Clara to declare War on war with a big public Mural. The mural is a protest against international terrorism and the political and economic aggression of the U.S. as well as a show of support to the... continue reading