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Bolivia - Some years ago I backpacked my way around South America. One way I got close to the marvellously hospitable Indians of the Andean countries was by sharing their discomforts when travelling in the backs of open trucks, as here with Ayamara in a truck near Illampu in the freezing cold at 15,000 feet above sea level

Bolivia - Some years ago I backpacked my way around South America. One way I got close to the marvellously hospitable Indians of the Andean countries was by sharing their discomforts when travelling in the backs of open trucks, as here with Ayamara in a truck near Illampu in the freezing cold at 15,000 feet above sea level

Typical Panamanian home. Away from the bright lights of Panama City, rural Panamanians live in clusters of homes like this one near the Pacific coast of the country about two hours from Panama City.

Typical Panamanian home. Away from the bright lights of Panama City, rural Panamanians live in clusters of homes like this one near the Pacific coast of the country about two hours from Panama City.

Bolivia - Markets are always a good opportunity to interact with people. Here on the Bolivian Altiplano an Aymara Indian sold me a trout in Llelaly Mercado which she then cooked for me

Bolivia - Markets are always a good opportunity to interact with people. Here on the Bolivian Altiplano an Aymara Indian sold me a trout in Llelaly Mercado which she then cooked for me

Barbados. You will see kids everywhere as you travel the lanes of Barbados. their smiles are part of the spell that Barbados puts on visitors. These two kids appeared out of nowhere on a deserted hillside in the rugged northeast corner of the island and we shared magic tricks together for a few minutes before they disappeared again.

Barbados. You will see kids everywhere as you travel the lanes of Barbados. their smiles are part of the spell that Barbados puts on visitors. These two kids appeared out of nowhere on a deserted hillside in the rugged northeast corner of the island and we shared magic tricks together for a few minutes before they disappeared again.

Cuba - In a small town just inland from the glitzy all-inclusive resorts of Cuba's north coast, we were invited into the back of a pottery shop to see how the handicrafts were made. The demonstration rapidly became an engaging hands-on session for all of us in another example of where having kids with you instantly opens all kinds of doors

Cuba - In a small town just inland from the glitzy all-inclusive resorts of Cuba's north coast, we were invited into the back of a pottery shop to see how the handicrafts were made. The demonstration rapidly became an engaging hands-on session for all of us in another example of where having kids with you instantly opens all kinds of doors

Going to the Sunday service in the local church, whatever your belief or non-belief, is a lovely way of interacting with the local community, especially on the Caribbean islands

Going to the Sunday service in the local church, whatever your belief or non-belief, is a lovely way of interacting with the local community, especially on the Caribbean islands

Cuba - This pig farmer in rural Cuba was so proud of her livestock that she introduced me to each one of her pigs...before she introduced me to her children!

Cuba - This pig farmer in rural Cuba was so proud of her livestock that she introduced me to each one of her pigs...before she introduced me to her children!

Che Kung Temple, Hong Kong - Proud to practise her English and tell me all about her temple...

Che Kung Temple, Hong Kong - Proud to practise her English and tell me all about her temple...

What a simple easy idea!  My girls would love this. Easy to put up and take down too!

What a simple easy idea! My girls would love this. Easy to put up and take down too!

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