The Journal

Una vida extraordinaria

The cinema in Lima is much cheaper than in NZ. When we discovered this it seemed silly not to go and check out a movie or two. And it turns out that most movies here have subtitles (which I love), rather than are dubbed (which I hate). We looked at the list of what´s playing; […]

Researching food

How do you create a sense of place when writing? There are many ways but I´m sure a very important one is through food. My second novel is currently weak on this point. While it is not set in a specific country, I want it to be recognisably Latin American. I´ve spent time in lots […]

A whole lot of time on a bus.

On the map, the trip from Valparaiso in Chile to Arequipa in Peru doesn´t look that long. It´s only a nuckle or two up the page, only from one country to its neighbour. Perhaps I should have born the long thin nature of the first in mind or taken into the account that some of […]

Pablo Neruda’s House

Today I visited Pablo Neruda’s house. To give this comment some context I should probably mention that I am currently in South America, more specifically in Valparaiso in Chile. It’s a crazy town. The base of it is called ‘el plan’ a name which make sense when you see that all the streets near the […]