Chilling in BoliviaSo this is me: Claire Sturzaker aka @clairesturz

A thirty-something dreamer, traveller and lost soul; wandering the Earth until I find what I’m looking for.  A food, drink and life-lover, my wanderlust keeps growing by the day!

This blog began in 2013, as Tales of Barcelona.  I moved to Barcelona after having somewhat of a mid-life crisis when I lost my job.  I was 30 years old, with no job, no house, no boyfriend…. and a serious case of itchy feet!  On a cold, wet October day in Manchester, England, I made up my mind & booked my one-way flight for Barcelona!

However, after a couple of years there my feet started to itch once again.  This time, South America was calling me.  So I decided to quit my job in Barcelona, and booked another one way ticket – this time to Bolivia – and began a journey to discover South America for myself.

Tales of Barcelona joined Tales of a Backpacker as I set off on my travels, with a backpack on my back & walking boots on my feet, I am ready for whatever South America has to offer me.  I write about my adventures as I go, as well as tips, tricks and musings about life on the road.

I hope you find the information useful & inspiring – any comments & feedback are welcome!

Happy travels, wherever your feet may take you!

Love Claire xx



  1. oh boy, another Spain blog to follow! My dream is to retire to Malaga and hopefully in about 4 years. Nice to meet you. I’m going to have a look around your blog now 🙂

    1. Haha there are a few out there 🙂 Nice to meet you too, hope you like the blog! Roll on Malaga!!

  2. Alex mv says:

    Hi Claire
    Have a happy birthday … Thanks for visiting Peru .

    Fue un gusto compartir contigo el viaje de Huaraz a Lima.

    1. Hola Alex! Igualmente, hicisteis mucho mas soportable el viaje 😉 Buena suerte con los bailes! Un abrazo, Claire

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