Luke's South American Diary
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This is my journal, written while living in Venezuela and Colombia during 1994-9. If you read around the more personal stuff relating to my day-to-day life and bringing up a small child, it hopefully reads as a kind of travelogue of my travels in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile.
Of course, if you want to read about the traumas of parenthood, it's all here for you too, and it also gives an idea of what ex-patriate life is, or at least can be, like (the original title was Diary of a Corporate Husband!). It was not originally intended for public consumption, but I don't think it contains anything scurrilous or libelous.
I still haven't got around to adding photos from all trips, and realistically I probably never will. I have done the latest months first - so far only photos for September 1996 to May 1999 are available.
I should also, in fairness to my daughter, add that this diary only covers her first four years, which I still maintain were pretty grim much of the time, (not particularly due to her as an individual, just in the way that all small kids are hard work for those who are not very kid-orientated). But, I have to say that in the years since she has "improved" dramatically, and, as I write this, I find it difficult to imagine life without her. If she ever reads this, I hope she won't take umbrage at my luke-warm reception of her early years.
One or two suggestions if you just don't know where to start:
  • Across the Llanos to the Amazonas of Venezuela
  • Patagonia & the Torres del Paine
  • A more or less humorous account of the birth of our daughter
  • On the back-roads of Bolivia
  • Initial impressions of Bogotá
  • Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas
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    Philosophy: The Basics

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    Utopian Literature

    Arguments for Atheism

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    The History of English

    Right Left Right Wrong - An Investigation of Handedness

    Sleep - How Sleep Works

    The Enigma of the Green Man

    Physics of the Universe

    The Story of Mathematics

    The Human Memory

    History of the World

    Music in Perspective

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