Lloyd Rundle
Lloyd has worked as a journalist in the UK and Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Cuba, writing about current affairs, film and music.
Graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 1997 with an MA (hons) in English Literature, Lloyd made his first foray into journalism during a brief stay in Copenhagen over a girl, where he started writing for the Danish gender issues web-magazine Kvinfo. Moving to Cuba in 1998, initially to study Spanish at Havana University, he fell into the Cuban music scene, ended up working as a percussionist and lived for a time with members of the Buena Vista Social Club.

Lloyd moved to London in 2000 where he was employed on the Independent’s foreign desk. For much of the past decade, he has worked freelance in the Middle East, Spain and the UK, writing for, amongst others, the Lebanon Daily Star, El País, the Sydney Sun-Herald, Time Out Guides and the Daily Mail. He also contributes a film review column to the website bristol247.com.

Of Anglo-Australian heritage but no fixed abode – hence the ‘Dapper Vagabond’ moniker – Lloyd’s interests stretch from international politics, economics and human rights to Afro-Latin percussion and the Blues. He is now on the road in South America.

Entries by Lloyd Rundle

Colombia: Realities

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 9:41 AM

I am tired. I am weary. I have been in Colombia three years. I have lived in both city and village. I have had enough.

Foreigners are funny,. They never want to know the truth about this place. I've seen this before. People from the developed world often want to...

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Colombia: Hope and Despair

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 10:14 AM

I have been in Colombia almost three years. It'll be three years in August. I loved it here when I first arrived. The women were beautiful - and available - and almost everything seemed possible.

That is Colombia's charm. And also its curse. Colombians are aware of this. I...

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Lost and Found in Latin America Part Four

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 4:14 PM

Coca leaves play a siginficant role in Andean cultures as a curative. Traditionally chewed or made into tea, they are widely available in Bolivia. I was chewing them to avoid altitude sickness. Without them I don't think I would ever have made it...

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Lost and Found in Latin America Part Three

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 2:05 PM

We reached the Brazilian town of Guajará-Mirim at around 11pm. I finally got some sleep by putting my headphones on. Maybe - just maybe - the woman talking incessantly to me would get the message. I'm sure she was a lovely lady. She...

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Lost and Found in Latin America Part Two

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 8:00 AM

And so what happened after all of that? Well, I went on holiday... Once I'd finished the contract with the Secretary of Education I flew down to Leticia at the southernmost tip of Colombia in the Amazon region. From there I walked across...

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Lost and Found in Latin America...

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 1:10 PM

I've been here in Colombia almost a year now and I don't regret the move for a second. There are so many reasons why I love it so but I think foremost among them is that I feel at home for what seems...

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Colombia: Lento Y Fuerte

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 12:09 PM

What of Colombia? The only way for me to describe this country is "lento y fuerte," slow and powerful. It creeps up on you and before you know it, it has you. It's like everything is turned up to 11, both the good and the bad -- a marriage of...

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