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Exploring Nazca Desert’s Ancient History

The Nazca Desert. It’s a place I’d never heard of before heading to Nazca, most people know of it for the oasis town of Huacachina that’s become increasingly popular, and increasingly expensive. But that’s not all that sits in the Nazca Valley. If you read the last post, you’ll have learned all about my both fun and horrifying experience flying over the Nazca lines, if not, you can catch up here.

And whilst many leave Nazca after this, there’s a boatload of other things to be found in the area, like the ancient aqueducts and the lost ruins of Cahuachi.

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In My Ears – Top 5 Tracks of March 2019

Welcome back to ‘In My Ears’, it’s not about earworms, wax and whatever else you may find in your ears (I don’t know your life), but about 5 tracks that I’ve loved throughout the month. Catch February’s edition here, and keep on reading for the 5 songs I’ve fawned over this month.

Glass Animals – JDNT

Glass Animals are one of the most refreshing bands to pop up this decade. They’re carefully created a sound that no one else has, a sound that feels like a soundtrack, pop song and an ethereal welcoming to the gates of heaven all at the same time. ‘JDNT’ from the band’s first album is exactly that. Front man Dave Bayley uses incredibly soothing vocals, mixed with some strangely intoxicating lyrics to make ‘JDNT’ a masterpiece.

Sigrid – Never Mine

Sigrid has finally released her debut album and it’s not a surprise in the slightest that it slaps hard. It’s full of pop hits, one of the best being ‘Never Mine’. A bouncy, effortlessly relatable, kinda-love song with catchy choruses and massive backing beats. ‘Never Mine’ is one her best tracks yet and deserves all the praise it’s been getting.

MARINA – Orange Trees

MARINA’s new era has seen us losing the ‘diamonds’ and welcoming in a fresh pop sound. ‘Orange Trees’ is undoubtedly the best of the three tracks released from her upcoming double album ‘LOVE + FEAR’. ‘Orange Trees’ reminisces on Marina’s childhood in Greece, with sprinklings of light pop, a vocal undulation that no one will be able to replicate, and her lush vocals painting a vivid picture of a paradise. ‘Superstar’ wasn’t a great track from Marina, but we’re back to glittery, synth pop drawing inspirations from only sources available to her.

Marshmello + Chvrches – Here With Me

In a Marshmello track you expect larger than life synth and beats. However, Chvrches lead singer Lauren Mayberry’s vocals take the spotlight here, and the track massively benefits from it. Synth band and synth heavy producer came together to produce something that is almost stripped back for the two of them. Unexpected, but totally welcome.

They Might Be Giants – Istanbul

Episode one of The Umbrella Academy really changed me and has had me singing this song every single day. This tune is addictive beyond belief, fun and bouncy, and not at all what you expect to be played during a gunfight in a department scene. I’m head over heels for The Umbrella Academy, this track will keep me going until season two (fingers crossed).

Find these 5 tracks in the ‘In My Ears’ playlist, as well as all previous ‘In My Ears’ tracks, below on Spotify.

 

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Nazca, Peru. You Have To Fly Above the Nazca Lines

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Welcome to Nazca!

We’ve left Lima behind (for now, read the first post on Lima here) and headed south to one of the driest and most interesting regions of Peru. Don’t know why I’ve led with driest, but it is pretty damn dry.

The area is famous for, you guessed it, the Nazca Lines. Though the area boasts a ton of valleys, the Ica Desert (which will be covered in the next post) and is home to around 40,000 people.

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Lima, Peru – What To Do In 48 Hours

It’s certainly taken me long enough. Between June and July of last year, I spent some time travelling around Peru. And now, almost a year after the fact, I’m finally getting round into publishing this travel diary of sorts.

Rather than posts on what to do in different parts of the country and how to posts, this series is going to be more of an honest reflection of my trip. Simply as I enjoy writing these accounts of my trips a bit more.

Anyway, on we go to Lima, Peru.

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In My Ears – Top 5 Tracks of February 2019

Welcome back to ‘In My Ears’, it’s not about earworms, wax and whatever else you may find in your ears (I don’t know your life), but about 5 tracks that I’ve loved throughout the month. Catch January’s edition here, and keep on reading for the 5 songs I’ve fawned over this month.

In my ears music of the month

Lizzo – Juice

This song is one of the greatest bops of the year already. Lizzo’s brand of killer confidence and self-love and acceptance is something we should all adapt, and she’s making sure we do by creating absolute hits like this. I love Lizzo, she seems like one of the coolest musicians around. ‘Juice’ is endlessly fun, I can’t get enough of it. It’s got that sweet summer sound, I think Lizzo is the reason we’re having an unusually warm February. And also because the planet is slowly dying. But back to the positives, nothing is as good as ‘Juice’. It’s incredible. And makes for a great workout soundtrack.

This one wins my meaningless award of ‘Song of the Month’.

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