All posts by Cristián Arroyo

Cultural shock in India

The still air carries the smell of New Delhi in the summer: The spices of the street food, the sweat of the people, the dregs of the city sneakily abandoned in every corner, with minimum discretion. The heat is relentless. Beads of sweat slide down your body a few inches before ending its brief...


My north to south adventure

In the summer of 2011, just before my 70th birthday, we went up the Norwegian coast on a ferry through the fjords and past North Cape, the most northerly point of the European mainland.  We then flew out to Svalbard where we saw a polar bear and went to 80 degrees north only 600 miles from the North pole.

Christmas...


A page of my life

A blank page lays before me. A pad of paper. It is a virtual space, but the fact remains that it is, empty. An invitation: to fill it with your word, what I love, what it represents to me. It seems easy: think, write and paper becomes marked signs that reflects part of my life, which is made known to...


Whale watching in Patagonia

I will never forget the journey that I did with my family to Puerto Madryn, in Patagonia, Argentina. Although it was a few years ago, I remember all the details, landscapes, flora and fauna, the part that really stands out was the whales. In this part of Argentina you can spot the southern right whale, whose main feature...


I was on the right path

I sought to develop a project that would allow me to leave the big city and get closer to nature. I moved from Buenos Aires to Puerto Montt. I had two cities in mind, Bariloche and Puerto Montt, and my project was always to unite the two cities.  I felt that Puerto Montt had a lot of unexplored potential for tourism...


Magic Prague

There are many ways to choose a holiday destination. An evening looking at 200 photos with a friend who has just returned from Madagascar could end with insomnia. However, it could lead some people to a travel agency to browse the “Exotic travels” catalog.


In India (II)

Cooking together tomato and chicken, I attempt to make space for it among the medley of flavours that stains the moist air of Saket, a residential neighborhood in southern Delhi. I couldn’t swear that the recipe is an invention of mine, but it would be too ambitious to call it “chicken...


Ruins and Margaritas

One the dreams that I have fulfilled recently was a trip to Mexico. The historical heritage of this country is enormous, the amount of ruins that you can see is endless so it is impossible to see everything in just a few days. For this reason you have to choose, which is what I did. After much contemplation I decided...


Buenos Aires now and then

So it is almost 10 years, since I had last visited this city. What changes would I see, both in the city and in the people, who, according to our national newspapers were rather anti British? Last time I had been here was just after the financial crash of 2002. The rich were rich and the poor were poor. The slums that...


Turkish Baths

From the illuminated minaret, the muezzin calls to prayer in the evening. In the small square in front of the entrance, on benches arranged in a semicircle, girls with veils and smartphones and others wearing miniskirts, couples with children and young people chattering get wildly mixed in the darkness of the outskirts...


Colours of the almanac

I was a child when I moved to Mexico with my family. My first memory is traveling by car and being mesmerised by the neon signs as they changed colours. Like all my memories of Mexico it is colour that is present in all of them. With my family I travelled a lot, to different places, to the coast, and...


The End of the World

For a European, walking along the shore with the view of the Strait of Magellan it must mean that I am travelling again as my mind wanders back to the history books from school lessons. Along with the Egyptian pyramids, suddenly those places take shape in my mind and what until then was just something printed on paper....


The annual trip home

I left Poland over 10 years ago, before we joined the European Union, I had friends that had already moved over to the UK and I felt that there were more opportunities for me over there. I had the basics of English, but I worked hard to learn. I took jobs to pay my way and now I have recently finished...


Movie Moments

Within my close circle of friends there is an in joke  with regards to my traveling. I’m not sure where it came from, or which of them started it, but there is a phrase they use to describe my adventures – movie moments. Serendipitous moments, as another friend would say – and fortuitous past times in your life...