In brief...

I'm a Nature-lover, aspiring conservationist, and wannabe traveller in search of outdoor adventure.
My interests vary from conservation to education to heritage to Nature (biodiversity & wildlife) to outdoor activities to life in general.
They occupy most of my waking moment.
Do read my blogs, follow me on Twitter (@jocelynesze) and friend me on Facebook (subject to my discretion). Visit my Nature blog, Nature Rambles, at

UPDATE 2 Apr 2017 - This site is no longer maintained, please visit if you're interested in more recent writing.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

The final post.

It's been almost 3 months since I first entered this country, this strange long, narrow strip of land and sea on the South American continent. It'S the longest I've ever spent in a foreign country travelling, and though our trip was predominantly to Patagonia which includes Argentina, we did spend the bulk of our time in Chile. It's an amazing country, with wonderful landscapes and friendly people, one that I would like to come back to some other time. It's also a strange country - the cuisine doesn't warrant much shouting about, entailing lots of chips, various cuts of meat, mayonnaise, tomato sauce, and hotdogs, the language is one-of-a-kind (even spaniards don't always get it), and it's got a contrasting feel of being both a developed and a developing country at the same time. Almost all shops accept card, the Metro in Santiago (the capital) works really well, it's got a bustling economy, and things generally function. On the other hand, there are lots of street vendors and tours, even from the moment you land at the airport (airport taxi tourts, which is always the most expensive way of getting to/fro the airport). This trip isn't just about visiting Chile/Argentina though, unlike most of my travels. My friends and I obtained a grant from Imperial College London exploration Board, Jeremy Willson Charitable Trust, and a partial discount from Snow+Rock to embark on this expedition, the Greater Patagonian Trail.

There had been a fair amount of self development over the course of the expedition; understanding my physical limits, exploring my mental strength/comfort zones, figuring out how I fare when interacting in a group under stressful/prolonged situations, etc. More about the expedition can be found here.

After the expedition ended in mid Jan, a few weeks ahead of what we had planned, most of my time was spent in santiago trying to sort the rest of my life out. Among other things, I've decided to cease blogging on this site, after 10 years. Not gonna delete it, will just leave it as it is, as a memory of my ramblings about life from age 14 to 24.

(Would put a photo here but wifi won't work for my laptop and blogging from my phone on blogger is shite.)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Back in mainstream society.

After about two months of wandering down Chile and up Argentina, I'm back in a place with 24/7 wifi, fully stocked supermarkets at reasonable prices, a well-equiped gas-fueled stove kitchen, a bed, hot showers with shampoo/soap, and general shops where many things can be bought. It doesn't take long to get used to being back in a city/civilisation. Still, the demands of having to check/clear emails, reply those that require attention, responding to people who have messaged while I was out of contact, and most of all, trying to apply for a PhD and a job are quite overwhelming.

The expedition to Patagonia has been a fairly long and interesting one, and it'll take me a while to fully cover the expedition on my blog. One thing that I've decided to keep on from the expedition is my lack of use of Facebook. I won't be deleting my account - it's too vital now for communication - but I've decided to stop browsing Facebook timeline and while I'll still be posting on it (usually from Twitter or my blog), I've deleted the app on my phone and will (try to) refrain from going on the website on my laptop. I realised looking through random animal videos and various other things people post on Facebook adds fairly little to my well-being. Though I guess that might mean missing out on videos/articles that are actually worth perusing.