Claire has had an attachment to all things Latin ever since she backpacked around South America five years ago. Being bitten by a piranha in Bolivia and undergoing a brain scan following a sand boarding accident in Peru did not dissuade her from further adventures. She worked as a researcher with animals in the Peruvian jungle, but a close shave with a tropical disease reluctantly sent her back to the UK. Unable to resist the attractions of the continent, she returned to work for FootPrint as a contributor in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Cuba, attempting to learn salsa along the way. A former journalist, Claire lived in Guatemala sticking her nose into the life and times of this Central American nation.