Going Home

Exactly one year ago today we flew out of London bound for South America. In just over 2 days time we will be landing back at Heathrow, our year long adventure apparently all over. I am going back to work, the kids will go back to school. All things will seemingly return to “normal”. However, I’m…

Cruising up the Mekong

Just spent an idle 2 days floating up the Mekong to get from Luang Prabang, Laos to Chiang Mai, Thailand. In reality the boat ride is lovely and gets you to Huay Xai on the border. There is now a new bridge that gets you over the river by car and then through customs and…

Lan Xang (Land of a Million Elephants)

One of those never to be forgotten experiences is standing in the Nam Khan river throwing buckets of water over some elephants (and only occasionally at each other) that you have just met and feed some bananas to. It is one of those things that this trip, this year out from the ordinary is all about….

Big Brother Mouse

Part of the satisfaction of a project like this, is occasionally finding somewhere you can give something back and make a difference. The Big Brother Mouse project is a literacy programme in Laos, trying to get literacy levels up in a country where, traditionally, no-one reads. We heard about before we came and we have…

Tranquility Base here!

  After the calm and tranquility of Battambang and Siem Reap, Bangkok was a bit of a shock the system! We got there via a long bus ride, and although our accommodation was good, the city is busy, congested, impossible to get around on foot and very expensive. Having covered the essential sites, like the…

All Templed out!

After the chaos that was Phnom Penh, it was great to get out of the capital and see some real Cambodia. The little city of Battambang is much calmer and restful, and the circus show that we mainly went there to see was fantastic. Really talented entertainers. Siem Reap is another story completely. I had…

Sorry Hanoi…I hadn’t seen Phnom Penh.

We thought the traffic was nuts in Vietnam, but they have nothing on Cambodia. At least in Vietnam they appear to have a kind of system for pedestrians whereby if you wander slowly into the moving traffic all the motorcycles swerve around you. Here in Phnom Penh it is like moving up several levels on video…

Crazy Vietnam

Oh My word. How time flies. I haven’t had time to touch on the 3 weeks we just had in Australia and already our time in Vietnam is drawing to a close. Actually its only the traffic in old quarter Hanoi that’s crazy. Everywhere else we’ve been its been much more respectable. Which isn’t to…

Awesome Aotearoa

My word what a whirlwind! It seems like we’ve only been here 5 minutes and already our 6 weeks in New Zealand has nearly finished. We’ve bathed in mud pools, helped people move house and on a farm, we’ve been to all the great places in Wellington, seen the Thunderbirds set at Weta workshop. We’ve…

The Land of the Long White cloud

Hi folks. After an epic day of travel across the USA and the South Pacific, which involved crossing the international date line going East and so for us 16 Feb. 2017 never really happened,  we finally made it to Aotearoa. Went straight to Rotorua to enjoy some mud pools and Maori culture, then to Taupo and…

The Halfway Line…

Wow! Another few weeks gone and another phase of the trip nearing completion. We have been around the town of San Ignacio for 3 weeks now, looking at Mayan ruins, doing some exciting stuff like cave tubing, and a bit of chilling out. The pace of life around here is pretty languid. As I mentioned…