22-02-2018 Menstruation Magic

This morning, a guide, Javier and myself set out into the forest to set up my project. I need 12 transects (straight lines that I use to mark where I will collect my data) in both primary and secondary forest. We found suitable areas with plenty of space and started to set these up, however, … Continue reading 22-02-2018 Menstruation Magic

20-02-2018 Monotony

I want to preface this post with a reality check: We live in the rainforest, in Ecuador, near an Indigenous Community, at a research station, on a river bank, in wooden huts, without a car, without a boat (more importantly), with just each other, in the jungle. Like if you saw our location on a … Continue reading 20-02-2018 Monotony

17-02-2018 The ups and the downs

It's a quiet day at the station today. Only Heather and I are here so we have complete freedom to do what we like when we like. This freedom only really extends to when we eat, usually with more people at the station mealtimes are regular and we take it in turns to cook each … Continue reading 17-02-2018 The ups and the downs

20-01-2018 Nice to be back, Quito

I have arrived in Ecuador safe and sound, sorry to say bye to England but excited to settle back into my Ecuadorian life! Goodbyes were quite hard this time, and it was tougher than usual to tear myself away from my family and friends, but the further from home I travelled, the more I started … Continue reading 20-01-2018 Nice to be back, Quito

12-01-2018 NLP and a personal journey

It's a Friday afternoon, 6pm, pitch black outside, and I'm cosying up on my sofa with a couple of candles lit and gentle music in the background. I'm feeling quite sorry for myself today because a light cold that started just before New Years has recently turned into a horrible cough after a couple of … Continue reading 12-01-2018 NLP and a personal journey

Writers Block

I’m a writer, I’m a poet, It’s a gift, they say, I know it! Helps me fine tune all the voices All the questions all the choices Running through my busy brain: Sorting crazy from the sane. Helping me to find a way When I’ve had a rubbish day.   But today the words won’t … Continue reading Writers Block

Why We’re Here – The Research

For those of you who have got the impression that so far my time in Ecuador has mostly been exploring, lying in a hammock and swimming, you're wrong. Well, half wrong. Okay, just a little bit wrong, we have been doing a lot of that. But there's a much more serious side to our life … Continue reading Why We’re Here – The Research

This is your brain on Parasites – Kathleen McAuliffe

A very interesting read, Kathleen sheds light on a new perspective with which to view the world around us. This book explores the fascinating scientific research around Parasitology and introduces the idea that parasites may be the secret puppeteers of behaviour that we didn't know existed. THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON PARASITES appeals to all … Continue reading This is your brain on Parasites – Kathleen McAuliffe

How to kick-start your solo travels

Travelling on your own can be a daunting and even seemingly impossible prospect. Glorified blogs and epic Instagram accounts make it seem like only the most accomplished travellers dare to wander the world independently, risking their lives everyday and partying with new people every night. These travellers usually have expensive GoPro's and movie editing software, … Continue reading How to kick-start your solo travels

Let’s make ‘healthy’ mainstream with media

There are so so many social media presences out there who are spreading the word about nutrition, fitness, mental-welbeing and health; I think it's absolutely great that there are people campaigning and inspiring all over the world, encouraging everyone else to start conscientiously being healthier. I know there's a very large part of the population … Continue reading Let’s make ‘healthy’ mainstream with media

Are cocktails giving you brain damage?

Well yes, they are actually. Do I still love them? Yes, they're pretty and yummy. This post is about increasing awareness rather than personally condemning everyone that drinks (myself included) and just hopefully inspiring people to ask a few more questions and take the issue a little bit more seriously. One quick comment before I … Continue reading Are cocktails giving you brain damage?

High-fat, Low-carb life

Next time you're deciding whether to go for full fat or low fat, go full fat. Studies have shown that while low-fat alternatives have less calories, they're actually worse for our waist line and heart in the long run due to the increased amount of sugars. Plus fat is actually pretty good for you! In this post I describe why a high-fat, low-carb diet is better for your health, my sources are scientific journals and the New Scientist ❤