This is the blog of Elias Bizannes (oh, hai!). It started as a travel blog in 2005 when I went to 25 countries, and its evolved into the things that touch my interests. Well actually, now it’s more a case of when the inner writer in me has been channelled, such as when I get a thought I can’t shake and like a possessed monkey I keep typing until done.¬†Usually I delete what I write, but sometimes I forget to delete and click publish.

The header image
I took this picture while doing a trip into the Bolivian Amazon in December 2007. Its purpose is to distract you from the fact I have a really old blog theme that hasn’t haven’t changed since 2010.

Since we’re talking about my Amazon trip, check out this dude who was one of the crocs that slept under our raised bunkers. He knows what’s up. While it was risky jumping off the platform for this shot, what I learned on this trip was that with the much bigger and aggressive Caimans swimming under us are not something you jump off a platform to take a shot. You see, dear reader, life’s all about calculated risks so you have a story to share — to make the uninteresting suddenly interesting.
Bolivian Amazon tour

Um – how do you say your name
I’ve been blessed with not one, but two unpronounceable names.

My first name is pronounced eh – LEE – ah(S) (although sometimes I say it without the S – which is the informal version of my name in Greek grammar and where my name comes from). My surname is pronounced Biz A – kNEES.

My grandfather, also “Elias” and a Greek refugee who moved to Australia from Turkey, spelt it “Bizannes” versus the transliterated spelling of “Bizanis”. This is because he thought people would pronounce it more correctly. Grandpa, they ain’t.