On diving
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On diving

Diving is the ultimate slackers’ sport. To conserve air, you absolutely must not get your heart rate up and you definitely should take it as easy as possible. Breathe all the way out, slowly. Don’t flail any of your limbs. “Be water, my friend.” I’ve always thought deliberate exercise is a bit odd*, so scuba … Continue reading

Why South America?
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Why South America?

The road to South America started a few years ago. It was an adventure pipedream my pal Celeste and I talked about. At first, we thought we should go for a couple of weeks. Then we thought about a month. Then we thought about three. Time passed and the plan dropped away, but the dream … Continue reading

The Bolivian curveball
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The Bolivian curveball

Since Bolivia is the most interesting country in South America (diversity of people, places and politics), it makes sense in this cruel and bitter world that this is the only country in the region for which you would need a visa before leaving your country of origin. It’s even more fitting that they only issue … Continue reading

It’s just a ride
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It’s just a ride

Writing “Downsides to leaving” took me back to Bill Hicks’ phenomenal monologue, “It’s just a ride”. Hicks was a cantankerous standup comedian prophet for change who aimed much of his criticism at American culture and politics. He was seemingly angsty, dark, negative, bitter … But this speech shows that underneath the venom, there was a universal … Continue reading

Warning: May contain strong language and atheism
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Warning: May contain strong language and atheism

For the uninitiated, there are things you should know about me. I’ve become decreasingly tolerant of Western-consumerist-profit-uber-alles bullshit and increasingly outspoken in favour of alternative ideologies. I’m a militant atheist, anti-religion, pro-socialist, anti-capitalist, pro-GLBT, anti-ignorance, pro-choice, foul-mouthed, independent, opinionated, sex-positive woman. I say fuck a lot, in all its forms. A lot like this magnificent … Continue reading