Charlie studied Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at Newcastle University, where a comprehensive, disciplined and meticulous attitude to his studies earned him an excellent degree and is serving us well in his work for Journey Latin America’s Product department.
Charlie’s introduction to the Iberian continent was a prolonged visit to Central America, during which he lived with a family in the Afro-Caribbean village of Cahuita, Costa Rica, where a laid-back lifestyle is taken to its leisurely extreme. He has fond memories of hiking into Corcovado National Park and coming across a puma; visiting the remote and traditional San Blas and Ometepe islands in Panama and Nicaragua respectively, trekking to the Mayan ruins of El Mirador in Guatemala and watching the sun rise from the summit of Tajumulco volcano (Guatemala’s highest point).
As a part of his university course he spent almost a year in Colombia. He says that this was the best time of his life so far: he lived in the Caribbean city of Santa Marta and had the privilege of working for a small grass-roots charitable organisation, Mariposas Amarillas, which operates in two of the city’s poorest barrios.
He has now set his sights on exploring Mexico and Patagonia.
Charlie is a very keen sportsman, a practising golfer and cricketer as well as being an enthusiastic supporter of Crystal Palace FC. He also enjoys hiking and has climbed Mount Chiripo (Costa Rica) and Mount Kilimanjaro and, less exotic but also challenging, the London to Brighton trek. If he has to be stuck indoors he may well choose to settle down in front of a Latin American film.