Friday, July 24, 2009

New Tripbods

This week we are delighted to have 2 new contacts officially on board. Welcome to Allan Rhodes in Mexico and Totty Pease in Argentina....

"I am an English – Mexican (English father, Mexican mother) born in Mexico City and raised mainly in Huitzilac and Cuernavaca, in the state of Morelos (south of Mexico City). I have had the opportunity to travel in 25 states of the 31 states in Mexico, mainly visiting national parks and other protected areas. Internationally, I have visited more than 25 countries in the 5 five continents of the World.
My university degree is in Business Management and I did a Masters in Tourism, Recreation and Parks Management in Christchurch, New Zealand. In the year 2001 I founded a website promoting ecotourism in protected areas called I have worked for the National Commission in Protected Natural Areas (CONANP) for Mexico as national advisor in tourism in protected areas. Nowadays, I work as an independent consultant for ecotourism, community tourism and nature tourism enterprises in Chiapas, Veracruz and Oaxaca.
Presently, I live in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas with my family where I enjoy taking walks around the historical center, hiking in nearby natural reserves and working in my vegetable garden".

"I arrived in Buenos Aires over two and a half years ago to write a dissertation for my Masters, which I was doing in Contemporary Art at the Courtauld Institute in London. Just before going back to England, I was offered a job setting up and running an art gallery and an opportunity which was too good to turn down. After this, I spent three months working as a volunteer to children living in a shanty town before setting up my own business with a delightful Argentine. We take people to stay at his estancia just outside Buenos Aires in the Pampas to ride, experience local culture and eat delicious and organic food. I have always loved to travel but I find Latin American history, politics and culture particularly fascinating. I have decided to settle in Argentina because the country is absolutely spectacular and incredibly diverse, the steak is amazing and the people are very warm, kind and welcoming".

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