Getting ready

Loading gear.

Can’t believe how much gear we’re taking to the Earthsong festival. Mind you I’ve got someone else’s yurt on my trailer too. Actually packing for 6people, I forget how much gear s needed. Been used to traveling with just a pack, this is real camping. Fires, grates, pots, bedding. Actually bedding takes sooo much room.

Looking forward to the site crew part and being with my boy Jimmy. He’ll be here for a few weeks. One week on site crew, One at the festival and few days either side touristing.

Picking him up in 2 weeks. Excited.

1916 Uprising, Dublin

The 1916 uprising, Dublin, Ireland.

I stumbled on a pilgrimage walking through the streets of Dublin exactly 100 years to the day after it had happened. I found it really interesting and felt part of it since my partner had a direct genealogical link to one of the leaders in the uprising.

The Audio takes you through it. Enjoy.

 

To me this was an amazingly insightful way to experience part of Ireland’s history and actually feel included in it with the link through Claire and her children.

I have since been to a 4.00am morning vigule last week when Sean Heuston was executed 100 years ago. Letters he wrote, sisters letters to him were all read out. It was quite moving.

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HelpX And Travelling Around The World.

What Is HelpX

HelpX is an online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.

My Trip

I have mentioned HelpX in one of my past blogs. I had a thought of talking a little more about it and show where it has taken me. I have been on the road from 2011 to 2014. In that time I have travelled to many countries.

What I like about travelling like this I like is I get to see and do many things that would be out of reach on the normal tourist route and you get to meet and be with the people of the country. Most of my experiences have been good. I’ve only had one slightly dodgy experience.

Once I got started on the trail HelpX was very helpful. On many occasions it was word of mouth and recommendations from other travellers. In actual fact that’s where I got the real goods, HelpX was my backstop and reliable source of inspiration.

Some Of The Different Places I Experienced.

 

This has been quite an adventure for me and still is as I put up these posts and relive all the incredible experiences. I like them all but the experiences that gave me that little extra are the ones to do with horses. Like America trekking through the hills inland from Los Olivos California, Cran Og and Argentina. I have grown to appreciate and love horses on my travels and wherever I go find myself looking out or them.

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Free Adventurous Travel in Peru.

WWOOFNG In Peru.

 

A find In The Andes Mountains Of Peru.

Stumbled on to small village in the highlands of Peru. They are setting up an eco village building with recycled materials and growing exotic herbs and plants.

 

What You Find When Your Open To The World

That’s all for the moment folks. See you Later.

 

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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu.  An Incan Citadel

Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, it’s renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar, intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments, and panoramic views. Its exact former use remains                                                           a mystery.

My Trip

In Aug of 2014 I took off on a four day walk along the Inca trail to the base of Machu Picchu. (In my last Post)

Walking along the track getting closer the views of Hauyna Picchu were unfolding different aspects. The closer we got to the base village I could just make out the terraces and buildings and my imagination of the Machu Picchu site was being filled in by concrete images.

I found this to be an incredible way to reach such a popular tourist area since I felt it gradually unfolded and I was discovering it myself instead of being taken straight to it  and ticking off another world wonder. Some interesting engineering and wondrous facts can be found here. For more detail click here.

 

Snap Shots And Insights.

An Insight and Tip.

If you are thinking of going to this site which I highly recommend 4-5 hrs is enough to see a huge amount of it and get a feel. This includes climbing La Montana.

1. I would go at 12 noon. Most people have left by then and/ or are leaving since they have a tour schedule. This gives you about 5 hrs at the site to share with a handful instead of a hoard.

2. Try and pick a good weather day (if you can afford the luxury) since mist, fog and rain can descend quite quickly.

 

That’s all folks (well for the moment). Hope you enjoyed this trip to Machu Picchu as much as I did. It brought back great memories for me, my favourite being climbing the very steep step systems up La Mantana. I enjoy doing these videos, pictures and blogs and appreciate having the time to do it.

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Coffee intestinised.

Coffee beans being digested by animals.

After writing about the coffee beans being digested by animals I did a little research and found it very interesting. Here’s my findings.

Coffee beans
The World’s Most Expensive Coffee is From Beans Cycled Through an Indonesian Monkey’s Digestive                                                                System

Summary of eRumor:

Kopi Luwak is a rare and gourmet coffee from Indonesia that is made from beans passed through the digestive system of monkeys.

The Truth:

Kopi Luwak does exist, is very expensive, and is made from coffee beans passed through the digestive system of an Indonesian animal, but it’s more like a cat than a monkey. According to a feature article by the Manila Coffee House, which sells the stuff, the people who harvest the digested beans don’t really have to pick through cat litter to get it. The animal processes the beans and excretes them whole, unscratched, and without dung.

The animal is a palm civet, a dark brown tree-dwelling cat-like creature found throughout Southeast Asia. The scientific name is paradoxurus hermaphroditus.

According to the Manila Coffee House, the palm civet just happens to like to ingest the ripest and reddest coffee beans, which also happen to be the ones best for brewing. The cat eats the outer covering of the beans in the same way that is accomplished by de-pulping machines. Something happens to the beans in the journey through the cat’s intestines that gives it a flavor that is celebrated by coffee drinkers.

 

At this point, most of the beans are purchased by Japanese buyers.

As a direct consequence of this, these animals are kept in cages treated poorly live in appalling conditions and fed coffee beans not necessarily the ripe ones they would normally eat. For more interesting information click this link and this one.

Coffee beans

Story of how some coffee is made more exquisite after having been passed through the bowels of some animals