A Slice of Life in the Solomon Islands

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Long term travel musings

Travel, adventure, living out of backpack. Most people only dream about it from their computer desks at work. A select few actually go and do it. Save up, pack up, take off and do it! It is scary and overwhelming committing to long term travelling and exciting at the same time. Suddenly too much free time and no schedule, … Continue reading

Farewell La Senda Verde

After five weeks at La Senda Verde my time working at the animal rescue has come to an end. I am really sad to be leaving but I know that I will be back hopefully later this year or next year to spend many more months here. Each morning when I walk to the restaurant … Continue reading

Fallen Feathers

Turning to close the toilet door today placed me face to face with my stalker, Pimienta, the black spider monkey who chased me across the river last week was back with a vengeance. I suddenly realised she had been hanging off the window watching me the whole time. The minute you look at her she … Continue reading

Dry Season and Monkey Stalker

The dry season is well and truly upon us here in the Yungas region of Bolivia at La Sende Verde. When I first arrived it was on the cusp of the change between the wet and dry seasons and it still rained at night and sometimes during the morning as well. Yet suddenly overnight the … Continue reading

Monkey Madness

A black tail rose above the dining table as the volunteers ate breakfast in the restaurant. As I stared at the tail and started wondering which dog had a black tail a pair of hands reached onto the table and up swung Wara, an adult female black spider monkey. For a second everyone just stared … Continue reading

Bears like Honey

I am now one of two longer term volunteers working with the Bear Care program here at La Senda Verde. The sanctuary has two Andean Spectacle bears that call this place in the amazon basin home after being rescued. Aruma is a five year old male who was rescued from a life in captivity in … Continue reading

The Green Path

The night sky out here in the valley is so bright and rivals the beauty and pureness of the night sky in Antarctica. When the clouds are not blocking our view I could just look up and stare for hours at the milky way, trying to locate the southern cross and wishing I knew how … Continue reading

Los Monos Territory

Walking down a pathway overgrown with trees, vines and bushes is an eerie feeling. You are on full alert constantly scanning the trees and surrounds for any sign of noise or life. Trees do not move on their own and a rustle from the tree tops makes your turn around and crane your neck to … Continue reading

La Sende Verde: First thoughts

A crash echo’s across the clearing as the three tops shake and the nearby birds shriek in unison. A black spider monkey drops down from amongst the trees and starts walking slowly towards me. Welcome to La Sende Verde animal rescue centre on the edge of the Amazon jungle in Bolivia.  Rescued animals all find … Continue reading