MY FIRST PHOTOGRAPH LOOKING OUT OVER THE PERUVIAN AMAZON
ME AT THE SUMMIT OF MT. KILIMANJARO
CARLI ON LOCATION IN THE OXFORDSHIRE COUNTRYSIDE
A YACHT I SNAPPED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ATLANTIC
A SUPER BARBEL TAKEN FROM THE RIVER AVON
When talking about myself, obviously I couldn't miss out the most important aspect of my life, my partner Carli. Together, we enjoy travelling around Europe, trying new cuisine, walks in the countryside, and badminton. We actually met when she moved in next door, talk about finding love on your doorstep! Carli is a bit of a self confessed poser, so I couldn’t refer to her without showing you a picture I snapped of her; looking resplendent in the Oxfordshire countryside.
After finishing my Postgraduate studies, I decided to take some time out and go and volunteer in South America. My chosen destination was deep in the Amazon Rainforest in Peru, where I lived for five weeks trudging through the jungle, monitoring species and collecting data for the future sustainability of the Amazon. This was one of the most rewarding experience of my life, allowing me to see some incredible species of animal in their natural habitats in one of the most awe inspiring locations on the planet. I also visited tribes and small pockets of civilisation within the rainforest as well as completing the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu.
My intention from a young age was to experience as many remote destination as possible around the world, so when the opportunity came up to sail across the Atlantic Ocean it was impossible to turn down. In 2011 I flew out to Nelsons Dockyard in Antigua and set sail for Portsmouth in Southern England in the bid to cross the Atlantic. Along the way I experienced some fantastic spectacles, from whales turning over in the doldrums to force seven conditions that shook my bones to their very core. Highlights for me were swimming in 20,000ft of water and all variety of porpoise tracking alongside the yacht. After five weeks at sea I was however glad to reach old Blighty – definitely much more comfortable on solid ground as a lily-livered land dweller!
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