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Boom Oaxacalaca

Hello Wembley!!!!!!!!!!

Wow. It's really here. A milestone-worthy 20th day in my beloved Oaxaca, Mexico. The city is how I remembered; deliciously colourful, infectiously friendly and profoundly lit (even despite the blOOdy terrifying earthquake the other night). 

Plants grow inside a greenhouse designed by Francisco González Pulido

Lucía and her daughter

A view of Oaxaca from Monte Albán

I'll be here for another 5 weeks working with Fundación En Vía and bartending at Azul Cielo in exchange for an almost-comfortable bunkbed&breakfast. Photographing the women supported by En Vía has been an important education in Zapotec culture, portraiture, sustainability and responsibility. I feel so grateful to be interacting with and learning from a community that is so unabashedly open and eager to share their lives with me. 

And my new camera!!!!! omg, Sony, you wizards. It's like I've been cheating at photography ever since the devils of depth and detail and dynamic range died at the hands of this actual "beast" camera. Any picture I take is just good and I don't even have to try, and boy oh girl am I gonna get lazy.

Colourful flags hang from the church in Santiago Ixtaltepec

Colourful flags hang from the church in Santiago Ixtaltepec

A storm appears over Oaxaca

Women remove weeds from the stones in the Santo Domingo monastery

People shelter themselves from the torrential rain

I hope you can see how much I adore this place through these photos, I'm so excited to take/share more pictures of Oaxaca, Chiapas, Quintana Roo, Yucatán and Costa Rica over the coming months. But for those who are hungry, here are a few that sum up these first ****20 DAYS**** [[[airhorn noises]]]📣📣📣

Hasta pronto,

xx

Choo Choo! 6: All Aboard

My brother/pack-mule and me in a Macanese casino elevator

My brother/pack-mule and me in a Macanese casino elevator

My adoring fans, nihao.

Mere hours remain until I board the first (technically second) of many trains that will wiggle me many miles through China, Mongolia and Russia.

I split this week between Hong Kong, Macao, Zhuhai and Beijing, frantically buying "essential" things that won't fit in my bag. 

After the fastest boat ride I've ever had the horror of experiencing, I met my brother on a sunny Friday afternoon in Macao. We caught a glimpse of the old town, beelined it to a very gold and shiny casino, downed several mojitos and merrily wobbled across the Chinese border with a confidence that only the finest rum can provide.

We spent the rest of the long weekend waltzing around my brother's home of Zhuhai. Although I could never quite "put my finger" on the city, qual time with my brother (a rare commodity) puts a big plus sign on Zhuhai.

Smash cut to me hurtling into Beijing early this morning on low sleep and high stress. Early check in at my hostel was received with a hard "no" so I set about completing the blurry list scrawled on the back of my hand:

Get $

Tea, noodles

tickets!!!!!!

In amongst playing charades for directions to the nearest bank, I managed to see a few sights I had no idea were even in Beijing lol. The first was the absurdly policed Tiananmen Square and the second was the far cooler Forbidden City, which seemed to open its gates to pretty much anyone.

And now here I am. All packed, alarm set, tensions high.

I can't f****n wait.

Xie xie

Into the Mountains | Update #3

For the past day or two, I've been in "srs" planning mode (by my standards). I'm constantly surprised by the lack of information on certain areas vs. how easy other parts seem to navigate. So I'm becoming more and more confident about the majority of countries I plan to visit and a lot less about others :( But I'm determined to make it work! My determinism is actually proving quite effective for my research, which is comforting, I've got a lot more where that came from lol

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