Monthly archive March, 2014
In Lima

In Lima

Although it was first proposed by a linguist, a certain George Kingsley Zipf, the statistical model known as Zipf’s Law is now often used to gauge the expected size of urban populations. In brief, the law holds that the second largest city in a country should be roughly half the size of the largest city;...
The Voice of the Bolivian Andes | Listening in

The Voice of the Bolivian Andes | Listening in

Two nights spent listening to music in La Paz. The banner in the lobby shows a young man: tie pulled tight, face scrubbed clean, topped with a quiff and lit up by a Saturday-night smile. The look, Roy Orbison stripped of his sunglasses, is archaic; so, too, is the photograph, tinted by hand and probably...
Month 8

Month 8

10 February – 9 March 2014 Countries Chile & Peru (total 7) Distance 765.64km (total 8,897.16km) Climb 9,092m (total 63,935m) Longest day 129.45km, Huara to Cuya in Chile (longest so far: 160.11km) Top speed 61.3kmh (fastest so far: 62kmh) Punctures Amazingly, none (total 16; Will leads 11-5) Dog bites 1 (and we hope this is...
Once bitten

Once bitten

Stop riding. Get off the bike. Stand tall. Look confident. Stare. Shout. Throw rocks. Cycle tourists in South America have various ways of dealing with the ever-present peril posed by dogs. Some try to outrun them. Others trust a dog dazer. (When we successfully daze a dog with ours, we’ll let you know. Don’t hold...
Snaps - February 2014

Snaps – February 2014

A picture is worth a thousand words. In our case, some of those words are ‘Over-exposed’, ‘Badly framed’, ‘Not even Photoshop can salvage this one’, ‘Take some photography classes’ and ‘Get a better camera’. Regardless, we’ll plough on with this month’s selection of holiday snaps. For past months, click here.     The Chilean city...