Posing with an enormous leaf in Costa Rica

Chasing the Mysterious Cities of Gold in Central America

Hi, my name’s Simon and I’m a snowboarding addict with a penchant for long-haul overland travel. I’ve spent much of the last 15 years seeking out the snow across four continents, working variously in bars, ski resorts, and English language schools, stringing ski seasons together with periods of long term travel in between.

Somewhat belatedly, I decided to start this travel blog to tell stories from my past and ongoing travels, while providing as much useful information as I can (for the countries I’ve been to) on overland travel options, snowboarding, and hiking – especially for Japan and the Far East, where I’ve been based for most of this decade.


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