Yep, back in Peru after almost three months in the UK. It was the first time I’d been home for four and a half years, so I pretty much ditched my writing duties and had a good old holiday.

Anyway, I’m back in Tarapoto, it’s hot, it’s sweaty and it’s good to be home. “Home” these days refers to two places: right here in Peru and back in the incredibly beautiful Welsh valley where my parents live and where I grew up (after moving from Kent in England when I was about eight or nine, I think).

So far, I’ve only noticed a few new developments in Tarapoto. Firstly, a sushi bar — Sushi Bar Tarapoto (great wordplay there) — has just opened on Jr. San Pablo de la Cruz near the ever-popular Stonewasi bar.

Secondly, Tarapoto now has a cinema. Yep, it has finally arrived. It is not, however, the cinema that was supposedly in development last year. I’ve yet to visit the new “Cinerama Tarapoto”, but I’ll be writing about it as soon as I do.

That’s all for now. Here are some random photos from the UK, just in case anyone has the slightest interest….


Never a dull moment on the streets of Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival.


My Dad (black race overalls, deerstalker hat) with his historic Morris Mini Cooper at Oulton Park Circuit, Cheshire.


Looking across London from the London Eye (yeah, I was doing touristy stuff that I’d never really considered doing before)


This is my home in Wales, a valley with boundless charm. And a lot quieter than Tarapoto…