While staying in the Amazon rainforest, we had a guide who took us out on the river to see wildlife. One bird in particular behaved exceptionally well for the camera.


Meet the Green Iguana. Well, they're not always green - that's just the common name of the species. Depending on their lineage, Green Iguanas can be red, blueish, orange, pink... Well, you get the idea. The name was poorly chosen. This fellow hails from the Peruvian rainforest. See the row of dots inside the legs?... Continue Reading →

What I’m up to

Hello. I thought I'd let you know what I've been up to lately. Most of it can be summarised in one word: exams. I have 9 classes of students, 4 of which I inherited only a few weeks ago. I spent some time organising the information from their previous teacher into something meaningful, and then... Continue Reading →

Amazon rainforest

This is just a beautiful part of the world, and somewhere I wanted to go ever since I was a child. I feel so privileged that I was able to go there in 2014. It's the most biologically rich area on the planet, in almost every way. The sheer density of plant and animal species... Continue Reading →

Peruvian rainforest – Birds and wasps

Let me tell you about the birds and the wasps and the.... Wait, that doesn't rhyme. All species experience selection pressure. This may make your mind think of genetic variation at first, but there is another kind of pressure: the pressure to behave a certain way. Behavioural adaptations are fascinating. Today, let me tell you... Continue Reading →

It’s a white person!

(and she's not Russian) I have mentioned before that the Chinese have a different sense of appropriateness when it comes to topics of conversation. I also said that I thought it was incorrect to say that Chinese have a different filter when it comes to personal questions. Well, I might have to contradict myself a... Continue Reading →

Salkantay trek – leafcutter ants

You've probably heard of these, but I really can't do them justice. Nothing quite compares to the surprise of seeing a line of leaves moving, seemingly of their own accord. And then as you peer closely, you see that they're being carried. We crossed paths with these industrious little fellows several times.

Sports day

Friday was sports day. The students have been practising for weeks - every morning and evening, groups would be practising in several places on campus. It was great to see what they've been working on, and to see all of the pieces come together. The day began with marching. Students from every department had their... Continue Reading →

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