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stena adventurer, captain, stena holyhead dublin
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On the bridge with the captain

 On board the Stena Adventurer “Good morning ladies and gentlemen, this is captain Richard Davies speaking. On behalf of myself, officers and crew I’d like to welcome you aboard the Stena Adventurer this morning for this schedule 8:20 sailing to Holyhead. Loading operations are now complete and…” The welcome message continues. Normally I would ignore this kind of thing – stare out a window daydreaming or continue reading whichever book I’ve stolen from a hotel shelf. But today is different. Today the message isn’t being blared out of a speaker above my seat because this time I’m standing right next to the man making the announcement. I’m with the captain on the bridge of the Stena Adventurer as we pull out of Dublin’s harbour. It’s an early morning departure and the sun is still low enough in the sky that its rays create a long white line in the reflection on the water....

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26 November
andres crossing, bus, border, chile, argentina
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Crossing the Andes

Crossing the Andes by bus When the combined Argentinian and Chilean armies crossed the Andes mountain range into Chile into 1817, it would lead to the downfall of Spanish control and independence for the country. When I did it, it would just lead to another stamp in my passport. Oh, and a bunch of nice photos of the scenery. I bet the guys in the army didn’t get any nice photos! (Partly because they were probably too busy worrying about that whole war thing… and partly because portable cameras had yet to be invented… but still.) I’ve been on a lot of long bus rides during my time in South America but none has been as scenic and stunning as the one from Mendoza in Argentina to Chile’s capital, Santiago. You see the mountains in the distance before you reach them. They’re imposing enough on the horizon. When the ascent begins, though,...

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23 February
travelling paraguay, tourism, paraguay buses, sites, sights, ascuncion, ciudad del este
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Travels through Paraguay

Tips for travel in Paraguay As the bus drives along the bumpy dirt road, I look desperately out the window. Through the haze of the red dust being thrown into the air, I look for a sign. Not a mystical symbol of guidance or anything that ethereal – I’m talking about an actual sign. You see, I’m travelling in the middle of Paraguay and have no idea where I am. I know I’m supposed to be getting off at a small village somewhere but, as far as I know, it could be any of the stops the bus is making. This seems to be a recurring theme of my travels in Paraguay. In some senses one of the hardest countries in South America to get around but, in some other senses, one of the easiest. Let me explain. The reason I was staring out the bus window for any hint of my location...

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10 February