UK Arrivals
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23
Dec-2014

We landed at London Gatwick airport after our eight hour flight from Havana, Cuba. It was a relatively easy flight and we were both impressed by the food on this Virgin Atlantic flight. It was around 10am when we walked off the plane towards immigration, me using my British passport for the first time in […]

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Car Tour
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22
Dec-2014

Friday, 19th December I started the day with an ocean dip before 8am, wanting to make the most of our last day at this amazing resort. I hit the beach wth Bec, Doug and Melissa leaving Kirsty and Lauren to sleep in some more. The beach was nice and clear at this time in the […]

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Birthday
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Wednesday, 17th December We got up early to pack before breakfast with our ride to Varadero due to arrive at 10am. We had the usual feast of a breakfast brought to us as soon as we sat down. A few of us wanted to visit a rum and cigar shop so after a quick breakfast […]

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Pina Coladas and Mojitos
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Monday, 15th December After breakfast we said farewell to our hosts at the casa in old Havana and jumped in a couple of taxis bound for the Viazul bus station. The ride took around 20 minutes and we got there half an hour before our bus would be leaving for Trinidad at 11am. It’s a […]

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Cuba Flag
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14
Dec-2014

Friday, 12th December We arrived into Panama City Tocumen Airport around 4am and being so early everything was shut, including the Copa Airlines lounge which we were hoping to gain access to. We had to wait around for an hour or so in the air conditioned fridge-like temperatures of the main terminal before they opened […]

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Bocanariz
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Wednesday, 10th December Our full last day in Santiago and South America mainly consisted of us laying on the bed watching television. We started the day with our breakfast, Kirsty has been carrying around some gluten-free porridge since Miami and has finally got around to eating it. We had some laundry to do today so […]

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Valparaiso
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Friday, 5th December We had to check out of our apartment by 11am this morning so we got up with a couple of hours to spare to have breakfast and pack. Kirsty gets annoyed at me these days at wanting to get up with plenty of time, insisting that we can pack in ten minutes. […]

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Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos
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Wednesday, 3rd December We woke up tired from the long bus ride the day before. I think I fell asleep around 9pm when the fatigue set in and therefore was clearly in need of sleep, getting up around 10am today. We didn’t have too many plans for today so didn’t need to get up that early. […]

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Buenos Aires to Santiago
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A video from the the ‘Paso Internacional Los Libertadores’, the road down from the Argentine – Chilean border crossing taking us down into Chile. There are 28 hairpin turns one after the other, a long and winding road.    

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Football Independiente
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Saturday, 29th November Being all out of cereals and milk I had to make the short walk around the corner to pick up some more provisions for our next few mornings here in Buenos Aires. We are enjoying eating at home and not having to find somewhere new and exciting to have breakfast every day. Not […]

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El Viejo Almacen Tango
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Tuesday, 25th November We got up after a good night’s sleep in our new apartment (which we have for the week) and after breakfast of cereals that we bought at the supermarket the night before we made a rough plan for our week here in Buenos Aires. This included things we wanted to see, neighbourhoods […]

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Villa de Leyva
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Here are some videos that I have recently uploaded from Colombia.   1. A few videos from the bus ride from Medellin to Bogota       2. Here are a couple of videos of the ride going up in the ‘metro cable’, a cable-car in Medellin (Colombia), looking down onto the city and over Arvi Park […]

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Llama
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Here are some videos that I have recently uploaded from Ecuador.   1. Hiking part of the way along the Quilotoa loop   2. Bus ride from Latacunga to Chugchilan   3. Bus ride from Chugchilan to Latacunga     4. Some volleyball and a llama from Salinas de Guaranda    

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Juvenile Frigatebird_2
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Here are some videos that I have recently uploaded of some of the animals from the Galapagos Islands.   1. Frigatebirds   2. Galapagos Penguins   3. Giant Tortoise     4. Green Sea Turtle       5. Land Iguana   6. Sea Lion            

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Peru Rail
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Here are some videos that I have recently uploaded from Peru.   1. A short portion of the bus ride from Piura (Ecuador) to Lima (Peru)   2. Some videos of the train ride from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu and back again          

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Flea Market
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Saturday, 22nd November We arrived into the bus terminal of Cordoba at around 9am after a not too bad night’s sleep. It was broken but unlike the bus rides we actually had some sleep. I remember waking up about every hour or so but with the seats being a bit more comrtable than usual, having […]

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Bodega Benegas
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Wednesday, 19th November We woke up late today and slept through the hostel breakfast. We weren’t that bothered as it was probably just eggs and toast, it was nice to sleep in though as last night we were plagued by a mosquito. Not in the usual sense with it buzzing in our ears, but a […]

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Santiago to Mendoza
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Tuesday, 18th November I slept well last night except for waking around 1pm to find a cat in my bed. There is a cat that lives in the hostel and it had obvisouly crawled into our room through an outside window during the night. I awoke to a wet nose on my foot but oddly […]

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Palacio de la Moneda
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Sunday, 16th November We got up in Chile’s capital to a quiet sunday morning. I still find it funny how quiet a capital city can be, some really take sunday seriously and do nothing at all, just hang with their families. I wandered down for the included breakfast and as expected there wasn’t anything that […]

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Cathedral
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Thursday, 13th November We woke up not feeling that great. Altitude (we are still at over 2,300m above sea level) and a rich meal with alcohol doesn’t go together so it would seem. We had to make it to Chile today, with flights and accommodation booked so feeling groggy we got up, had breakfast and […]

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Breakfast
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Tuesday, 11th November I would say we woke up this morning but that would imply a night’s sleep. Neither of us slept that well and were awake most of the night. We grabbed a couple of hours here and there but we pulled into the Arequipa bus terminal feeling very groggy and keen for a […]

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Parade
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09
Nov-2014

Thursday, 6th November We had a train booked back to Cusco today at 4:37pm so we had most of the day to laze around although we had to check out of our hotel at 10am. After checking out our first stop was to a cafe which styled itself as a french bakery. We had a couple […]

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Machu Picchu
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Wednesday, 5th November We awoke at 5:30am and were at the breakfast table for 6am, as we had requested the day before. We wanted to get to Machu Picchu early but not too early. The first bus leaves Aguas Calientes at 5:30am with those wanting to get there even earlier walking up (takes an hour […]

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Hostel El Tambo
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Sunday, 2nd November Today we had a plan to go to Ollantaytambo via a couple of other towns so we got up, packed and had to check out by 9:30am, the earliest for a while. I had the hostel breakfast but then we also went out for a cafe breakfast. Cusco is a nice place […]

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Cusco
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Friday, 31st October I didn’t get the best night’s sleep on the bus last night. The problem with everyone having their own entertainment TV screen is that it makes the bus very light and the seats in front of us have theirs mounted up high as they are the first row, so I had to […]

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Flag
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Tuesday, 28th October I awoke to scenes of the Pacific coast out of the window as the sun was coming up. You could see fishing boats out in the surf making the morning’s catch in the half-light. It makes quite a picture. We had a good nights sleep, well good for a bus that is. […]

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Piura to Lima
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Monday, 27th October The journey to the border between Ecuador and Peru was uneventful with only the occasional army or police official poking their heads inside the bus with a torch to see that everything was in order. The lights went on around 3am when we were ushered off the bus as we had come […]

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View from hostel
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Friday, 24th October We woke up early again, I think the boat has trained us now to get up early and be ready for an activity. The only problem is that we have no activities planned for us today. I take the laptop into the cafe for breakfast and some blogging whilst Kirsty continues to […]

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Panama Hats
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Wednesday, 22nd October We woke up for the last time in the Galapagos Islands, and after packing and eating our budget cornflakes, checked out of our hotel. The buses to the airport leave at very inconvenient times, starting at 7am and with the last one for the day leaving at 8:30am. This means that if […]

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Giant Tortoise
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Wednesday, 15th October I got up early today with the excitement of our pending trip to the Galapagos Islands. Being up early and having done most of my packing the night before I went for a wander to find a coffee in Guayaquil. We are staying very close to the airport, you can literally see […]

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Cerro La Cruz
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Sunday, 12th October We woke up with sore legs after our hike yesterday. That is as far as we have walked in one day on this trip and I think and our bodies are letting us know it. We got up at 6am with the bus back to Latacunga leaving at 6:30am from outside the […]

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Quilotoa Hike
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Friday, 10th October We started the day later today as the bus we would catch to Chugchilan, which would be our base for the next two days, didn’t leave until 11:30am. We had our breakfast and checked out which included leaving our large bags in storage at the hostel and taking only small backpacks. The […]

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Saquisili Market
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Tuesday, 7th October Our hostel includes a complimentary continental breakfast and all you can drink coffee (not that much as it turns out before you start to tremble). I had breakfast outside in the courtyard out the back of the hostel then we asked some advice on what we could do whilst staying here. Latacunga […]

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Plaza Grande
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Friday 3rd October The flight to Quito only took an hour and a half but I still managed to get a nap in. We landed at the same time as another international flight so had a large line to contend with at immigration. Because we have done most of our travel through buses we haven’t […]

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Colpatria Tower
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Thursday, 2nd October We got up after a sleep in, well got up around 9am, and got ready to leave our hotel leaving the place empty as we were the only guests. We walked to the main town square, Plaza Mayor, and found a place for breakfast. It wasn’t the best breakfast we’ve had but […]

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Villa de Leyva
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Tuesday, 30th September We awoke earlyish today as we were heading to Villa de Leyva for a couple of nights, a kind of holiday within a holiday. We had packed the night before so after showers and breakfast Jose Luis gave us a ride to where we could catch a bus from. We left most […]

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Monserrate
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Thursday, 25th September We opted for eggs for breakfast this morning to use up the cheese and butter we had bought, and feeling like we could handle a egg breakfast after all the eggs we were subjected to in Costa Rica. After checking out of the hostel we caught a cab to the Northern Bus […]

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Cable Car
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Monday, 22nd September I woke up on the bus around 5am when it started go get light outside, but managed to slumber for another few hours finally waking properly for the final hour of the journey. We have travelled some distance south into Colombia (around 600km) and the countryside is much greener and lush here […]

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Torre de Reloj
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Friday, 19th September We caught a taxi to the Tocumen International Airport for our flight which would leave at the very precise hour of 11:21am from Panama City courtesy of Copa Airlines. Upon checking in, we were informed that we had to purchase either a return ticket or an onward ticket from Colombia otherwise they (Colombian […]

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Miraflores Lock
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Here are some videos of ships passing through the Miraflores Locks on the Pacific Ocean side of the Panama Canal. The scale of this project is astounding as is the relative speed with which they get a ship through the locks; it took around half an hour to get these ones through.       […]

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Casco Antiguo
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Tuesday, 16th September We enjoyed our hotel this morning and had a lazy start to the day. I got up for the free breakfast which was basically toast and cereals with tea and coffee but nice nonetheless. Then we enjoyed the hot showers. Cold showers have their place in the tropics but it is nice […]

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Boat
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Sunday, 14th September Today we had to leave our rainforest getaway as we would make our way to Panama City for a flight on the 19th September to Cartagena in Colombia. We have had a great time here and do hope do be be back someday. It seems as though we had a lucky run […]

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Hermit Crab
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Here are some videos of animal sightings in Cost Rica and a few of the journeys we made by bus and boat.   1. Coming across some spider monkeys feeding in the trees whilst walking on a trail around the back of the Finca Exotica hotel, Carate   2. These spider monkeys did not like me watching […]

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Squirrel Monkey
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Tuesday, 9th September Today we started our journey to Corcovado National Park, in the south west of Costa Rica, which meant an overnight stay in Puerto Jimenez on the way. Unless you want to pay US$80 for a cab ride over the last stretch of road the cheaper alternative is to take the US$10 collectivo […]

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Caiman
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Wednesday, 3rd September 2014 A frequent occurrence of this trip, especially in Costa Rica, are the early mornings and today was no exception as we caught a taxi to the ‘Gran Caribe’ bus terminal at 5:30am to give us enough time to get a ticket and sort ourselves out for the 6:30am bus to Cariari, […]

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Hostel Urbano
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Tuesday, 2nd September 2014 With the bus from Monteverde leaving at 6:30am we were up early and made the walk to the bus station which included a stupidly steep hill. This wash’ helped by the fact that I had developed a mild fever and had aches. Nothing serious, just awkward timing. Once aboard, the bus […]

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View from Hostel
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Saturday, 31st August 2014 We got up at 4:30am and after foregoing showering and wearing the same clothes as yesterday (couldn’t be bothered to take anything out of our packs), we walked the 10 minutes from our hostel to the Pulmitan bus station. We are good at getting places early and had about 40 minutes […]

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Streets of Liberia
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Friday, 30th August 2014 After five nights on the Isla de Ometepe we decided to move on for fear of becoming too settled and not wanting to move at all. The owner of the hostel had come over to us every day to ask what are plans were. We could only say we might stay […]

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Sunset
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Wednesday, 27th August Today we got up lazy as usual and had some eggs, toast and coffee. Not sure if the coffee is local or not but it tastes good, just black (cafe negro). There are coffee farms on the sides of the volcano here so I expect the beans are local. We might visit […]

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Volcan Maderas Hike
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Tuesday, 26th August Another lazyish morning followed by coffee, eggs, hash browns and toast before I arranged a guide to take me up to a viewpoint halfway up the Maderas volcano, the dormant one of the two. I opted to only go to the viewpoint and not to the top as the latter meant a […]

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Ferry to Ometepe
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Sunday, 24th August We got up hot and sweaty with Granada not letting us lie in comfort. It also didn’t help that there was a power cut in the night that had not been rectified so the fan stopped working in the night and wasn’t able to cool us down in the morning. I got […]

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Central Square
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Friday, 22nd August We got up relatively early today considering the day of travelling and late night we had the previous day. I hadn’t paid for the hotel yet so after a free breakfast of pancakes, banana and coffee and being entertained by a cat and a Chihuahua smaller than the cat called Sofia that […]

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We have seen some amazing wildlife during the first half of our trip, here is a review of those I managed to capture on film. A highlight was definitely seeing bears in North America. After so many signs warning us of their presence throughout Canada and North America we finally saw some black bears and grizzlies […]

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Here is some of what we saw on our drive through El Salvador on the way to Nicaragua.

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Driving through El Salvador
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Wednesday, 20th August Today we left our home for the past week, San Pedro La Laguna and caught a shuttle bus leaving at 9:30am in the direction of Guatemala City. As we found out when we got on the bus though, the bus was due to stop in Antigua from where we would catch another […]

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San Pedro
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Tuesday, 12th August We got up and packed up our gear. We have by now become quite used to this although somehow always manage to pack in a different way each time. We have yet to find the optimum packing method, some days are better than others. We then had our free breakfast of cornflakes, […]

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Guatemalan Flag
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Here are some videos from Guatemala. The first is of bats emerging from a cave in Lanquin to go hunting (the cave is out of sight) and the second is of Pacaya Volcano steaming away.      

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So we are over halfway now, having been travelling for just over 160 days and I think it’s a good time to review some of the food and drink we have had the pleasure of sampling in the countries through which we have passed. Sadly I did not take photos of all the delicious food but this will […]

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Antiguan Streets
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Saturday, 9th August We left Lanquin at around 8am, the shuttle bus only turning up about 20 minutes late. We would be travelling with everyone bound for Flores and Antigua as far as Coban where we would part ways and we would travel on to Antigua. The bus was larger than the previous one we […]

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Semuc Champey
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Thursday, 7th August We left Flores at 8am or thereabouts bound for Semuc Champey, a popular destination for seeing beautiful waterfalls, pools and rivers in a valley set amongst Guatemalan jungle and forest. We had booked this leg through a travel agent in Flores so we didn’t have to think about too much. That included […]

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Temple
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Tuesday, 5th August We got next to no sleep last night due to the combination of a screeching cat, noisy neighbours, church bells for to a 6:30am mass right opposite our window, a mis-informed cockerel crowing at 3am and a roadside mechanic at around 5am. So, more than a little tired we eventually gave up […]

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San Ignacio View
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Monday, 4th August We got up at the crack of dawn to sort ourselves out to catch the 6:15am bus heading northbound to Belmopan from where we would catch another bus to San Ignacio, a town close to the Guatemalan border. We left Placencia in the rain, the first we had seen for a while. […]

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Bus Ride
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Saturday, 2nd August Today we left Caye Caulker and headed south to Placencia. After checking out of the ‘Barefoot Beach Hotel’ we managed to just make the 9am water taxi back to Belize City. We were the last two on board and took our seats sweaty from the walk. The water taxi took us to […]

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Sunset
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Wednesday, 30th July Our bus to Belize City was overnight but with leaving Playa del Carmen around midnight and arriving at the border around 4am before heading onto our final destination we didn’t get much sleep, snatching a few hours here and there. Leaving Mexico, at the border, we were ushered into an office one […]

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Devolving beardface
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So, I had been growing a beard since the wedding in Sri Lanka back in April and in San Cristobal de las Casas (Mexico) decided to shave it off. Along the way (shaving) I experimented with some styles, none of which made the final cut, opting for a beard/moustache-less face instead. To take you on this […]

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Tulum
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Saturday, 26th July We arrived around 10pm at night into Tulum bus station and after securing a taxi arrived at out hotel – ‘Pacha Tulum’ not long after. It seems as though the owners had left for the day and left the night watchmen in charge who seemingly wasn’t aware of our arrival. Anyhow, we […]

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Chichen Itza
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Thursday, 24th July  We arrived into Valladolid around 1pm after the relatively short two and a half hour bus ride from Merida. As usual the bus ride was comfortable although our stomachs were still giving us some grief. We caught a cab to the hotel not feeling up to the walk. We knew our hotel […]

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Merida Cathedral
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Monday, 21st – Wednesday, 23rd July We arrived in the Yucatan city of Merida around 11am after our 14/15 hour bus ride. Mérida was founded in 1542 and was built on the site of the Maya city T’ho that had been a centre of Mayan culture and activity for centuries, some historians consider Mérida the oldest […]

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Calle Real de Guadalupe
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Sunday, 13th July We caught the overnight bus to San Cristobal de las Casas and arrived at around 7am at the local bus terminal. We managed to get some sleep on the journey but were still rather groggy when we got off the bus and hit the cobbled streets of San Cristobal de las Casas. […]

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Fiesta
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Here are some videos of fiestas in Oaxaca. We weren’t exactly sure for their reason but it seems that the end of the school year played a part. These are two different fiestas, one happening during the day time and another at night on another day.            

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Fiesta
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Tuesday, 8th July We got up early today to have breakfast and get to the National Palace for when it opened at 9am. It’s only a five minute walk from our hostel so we got there soon after 9am and gained entry after going through the security screening without setting any alarms off. We made […]

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National Palace
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Saturday, 5th July We arrived in Mexico City after a short flight from Miami (3 hours) and in the mood for getting to know a new country. We passed through immigration and customs without any dramas. At customs you press a button which either flashes up a green or red light. I can only assume […]

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South Beach
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Thursday, 03/07/14 Today we had a much needed sleep in and headed out after midday to run some errands before making for Miami Beach. From what we have seen of Miami itself it’s a noisy, busy and fairly dirty city. Miami Beach on the other hand is much nicer. There is plenty of posing along […]

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Airboat Tour
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Here are some videos of us riding an airboat through the mangroves and grasslands of the Everglades and some alligators we saw on the drive to Miami, through the Everglades National Park and the Big Cypress National Preserve.              

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Hogwarts
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Friday, 27/06/14 We set off after breakfast with Orlando, Florida, our goal for the night. We left South Carolina and entered Georgia, stopping at Savannah for a wander and a snack (some pecan pie and a cup of coffee). Savannah was a nice town, seemed as though it was bigger than Charleston and not quite […]

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Boone Plantation
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Wednesday, 25/06/13 We awoke to the sounds and smells of a cooked breakfast being prepared by our host, Dean. The night before we had arranged to all have breakfast together before we left for the airport, all five of us. We sluggishly got up due to the late night we had just had but tucked […]

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Washington Monument
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Sunday, 22/06/14 We got to Washington D.C. in the afternoon and took a metro to Columbia Heights, where we will staying whilst here. Our host, Dean, had laid on a party for the World Cup with the USA playing Portugal. We were expecting a few people when we arrived but there were 30+ there and […]

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Elspreth's Alley
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Friday, 20/06/14 We had a megabus booked for our journey to Philapdephia from New York and it turned out to be a fairly cheap and easy way of getting there. We set off at around 11am and were in Philly and checked into our hostel by 2pm. We opted to stay right in the centre […]

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Brooklyn Bridge
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20
Jun-2014

13/06/14 We got to New York on Friday afternoon, flying into La Guardia airport, in Queens. Instead of a cab we opted for a bus and subway to save some money which actually worked out to be a very easy way of getting to where we were staying although there were no lines directly South […]

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Preservation Hall
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Our first night in New Orleans was spent at the Crescent Palms Motel, near to the hostel where will be checking in the next day. We have since learned that New Orleans is referred to as the crescent city due to the bay it sits on. We just lazed around the motel and checked out […]

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Ground Zero Blues Club
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We arrived in Clarksdale mid-afternoon and hunted out a motel for the night, deciding on the Uptown Inn Motel. Once settled we rested before heading out to the ‘Ground Zero Blues Club’. This is a blues club in downtown Clarksdale nestled amongst derelict buildings and next to the old railway station. It is part owned by […]

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Bar-B-Q Shop
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Whilst in Memphis there are many music themed attraction to keep you busy. The first one on the agenda was Graceland, home of Elvis Presley. There you get to take an audio tour around the house and grounds, see his car and plane collection and walk through exhibits of his life and career. This was […]

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Thomas Drugs Store
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The drive to Memphis is only a few hours from Nashville so on the way we decided to see a few sites. We actually set off in the opposite direction to start with to visit an old school drug store in Cross Plains, north of Nashville. At the Thomas Drugs Store we sampled a peanut […]

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Legends
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We drove into downtown on our first morning, around a 15 minute drive from our AirBnB house in East Nashville. It is clear straight away that this city, or the downtown area, is setup perfectly for interstate visitors. There is one main drag called Broadway where all the bars and restaurants are and you can […]

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Buffalo Trace Distillery
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We flew to St. Louis and reminded ourselves why we haven’t done much flying on this trip. Everything went pretty much to plan but as always with flying you spend so much time waiting around that you lose pretty much a whole day no matter how short the flight. We did meet a lovely couple from […]

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Bison
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Here are some videos of our time in Yellowstone National Park; some of the driving, wildlife and natural wonders of this park. This was our last hope of seeing a bear and we were not disappointed as you can see. It seems as though this is the National Park to go to for wildlife watching […]

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Great Divide, Denver
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Kirsty had researched a whole manner of places to explore in Denver for my birthday. We started out at the ‘Butcher’s Block Cafe’ for a traditional blue collar American breakfast. Kirsty had the Denver omelette and I had pancakes, bacon and eggs teamed with a cup of black coffee. A delicious way to start the […]

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At the Drive-in
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Our stay in Thermopolis being brief we packed up and left early to make for Denver. The drive took us back through the Wind River Canyon, one of the most scenic drives we have done so far. Along the way there are roadside signs pointing to the rock next to the road giving you the […]

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Elk Antler Inn Office
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Today we made for Thermopolis and our motel for the night before we got nearer to Denver. To get there we drove through Yellowstone National Park although this time the only wildlife we saw was Bison on the way. Yellowstone leads directly into Grand Teton National Park via the South entrance so we had a lovely […]

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Grizzly Bear
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We landed into Salt Lake City airport after a small delay in taking off from Las Vegas which also included around 5 queues to actually get to the gates before take-off. Getting a shuttle to our rental car office, Fox, we had another day as with a staff of 10 on duty only 1 could […]

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Winning on Jumpin' Jungle
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Not used to having a king size bed and a luxurious hotel room, we slept in for our first morning in Las Vegas and only got going around lunchtime. Vegas is more of a night-time place anyhow so we felt fully justified in doing so, not to mention paying for a hotel room we wanted […]

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This video shows natural soda springs bubbling away in the Tuolumne Meadow in Yosemite National Park.

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This is a short video of the route we took from Yosemite Valley to June Lake, driving over the Tioga pass. The video ends at a lookout called Olmsted Point where you can see Half Dome in the distance. The highest point of the pass reaches 9,943 feet.

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Tuolumne Meadow
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Day 1 Today we left San Francisco for the wilds of the Yosemite National Park. Our accommodation was booked at June Lake, beyond Yosemite and nearer to Inyo National Park but the drive there allowed us to explore Yosemite Valley and the Tioga Pass. Along the way we stopped to help a stranded family in […]

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Angel Island
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Our first full day in San Francisco began early as I battled the rush hour traffic to return the rental car by 9am. Once this was done I took a leisurely stroll back up Market Street to our home for the next five days, Noe Street, near to the Castro and Mission districts. Chris (aka Drakey), […]

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Avenue of the Giants
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Day 1: Portland to Florence We left Portland just after lunchtime after breakfast cooked by our AirBnB hosts and running a few errands in the city. We headed East making for the coast and the scenic Highway 101. This drive runs alongside the Pacific Coast running through towns along the way. The traffic was slow […]

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What we saw as we drove along the Avenue of the Giants, surrounded by Redwood trees in all directions.

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Bergstrom Winery
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We booked ourselves on the Amtrak Cascades train line down to Portland. The experience of travelling by train in America is not dissimilar to that of flying minus the waiting around and frenzied atmosphere. We got the King Street Station 1 hour before departure, checked in our luggage then took a sit whilst we waited […]

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Here is some footage from the game 6 of the play-offs which Portland won to get into the semi-final play-offs. It was an awesome with the crowd going wild at every point scored and the finish just topped it off. An after the buzzer 3-pointer sealed the win by one point. They had 0.9 seconds on […]

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This is a short video of our view from the Amtrak Cascades train as we passed by Puget Sound on the way from Seattle to Portland. It’s worth asking which side has the view as you can see! The mountain range in the background is the Cascades.

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Cocktails at the Clever Bottle
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We left Vancouver at 3:30pm and were in Seattle by 8pm having successfully traversed the border. Doug drove us down as him and Bec joined us in Seattle before we say farewell on Sunday, they head back to Vancouver and we proceed southwards. We made a beeline straight for the baseball as we had tickets […]

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The Seattle Mariners going for a grand slam against the Texas Rangers. From Wikipedia: ‘In baseball, a grand slam is a home run hit with all three bases occupied by baserunners (“bases loaded”), thereby scoring four runs—the most possible in one play.’ They did it and went 3-up, running out eventual winners by 6-3.

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Crossed the land border into the United States of America yesterday evening. First stop, a night of baseball with the Seattle Mariners playing the Texas Rangers. It was college night so quite rowdy and we ate a baseball hat full of nachos. The first time we’ve eaten anything out of a hat, as far as […]

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Bighorn Sheep
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Day 6: Banff Using our lodgings, Banff Boundary Lodge (actually in Harvie Heights, not Banff as the name suggests), as a base we explored the local area. It didn’t snow overnight and the weather was quite clear although cold. We decided to go on a small hike up to the Grassi Lake near to Canmore […]

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Grizzly Bears
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Here are videos of the two Grizzly Bears that reside in the British Columbia Wildlife Park, Kamloops. They are called Dawson and Knute (not sure which is which) and came to the park in spring 2011, from the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. They are siblings and are orphaned cubs that  now call the Park home.  

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Jasper Level Crossing
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Here are a few videos from our road trip with a post on ‘Road Trip – Part 2’ still to come. #1 – Hiking along the Grassi Lakes Trail near Canmore. This was a magical trail to hike in the snow, several feet deep in places. At the top of the trail there are several small lakes, […]

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Driving over the Rogers Pass (elevation 1,330m), a high mountain pass through the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia used by the Trans-Canada Highway. Rogers Pass is in the heart of Glacier National Park. This was on the drive from Kelowna to Banff.

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Kicking Horse Pass
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Day 1: Vancouver to Kelowna (388km, 4h15min) We set off from Vancouver around midday of Saturday after a cooked breakfast and some road-snack shopping. Getting out of Vancouver was  a bit of a trial with limited right-sided driving experience and google maps telling us to drive around on circles but we eventually ended up on the […]

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Vancouver to Kelowna
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We’re off on a road trip from Vancouver through British Columbia, starting off in Kelowna (where we pick up Claire) looping through the Rockies checking out some towns, mountains and hopefully some bears. Check back here later for an update of what we got up to.

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We’ve been in Canada now for 4 days staying with Bec and Doug in Kitsilano, a suburb close to the centre of Vancouver. We’ve taken advantage of their hospitality and the opportunity to not do too much thinking here, just taking it easy seeing the city and planning our next moves. It’s also taken us […]

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Breakfast
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We were lucky that our flights to Canada worked out so that we had an overnight stopover in London enabling us to go to St. Albans for the night, also coinciding with my sisters birthday. So…. roast dinner when we arrived and massive fry up the morning after before the flight to Vancouver.

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Celebrating Sri Lanka beat India in the T20 World Cup Final as watched from the Galle Face Green in Colombo.

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Watching Sri Lanka beat India in the T20 World Cup Final as watched from the Galle Face Green in Colombo.

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Cricket final in Colombo
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This is our last day in Sri Lanka after an amazing three weeks. We got to Colombo yesterday having taken the morning train from Galle. This was proof yet again that we had overpacked. We are very much looking forward to dropping off some stuff when we transit in the UK for one night before […]

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Getting caught up in a cricket victory parade. Richmond College, a local high school, had just beaten their local rivals for the first time in 45 years.

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Richmond College Victory Parade
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We arrived in Galle yesterday after a final morning spent on the beach at Mirissa. We’re staying in the Galle Paradise Hostel in the new part of the city. We went for a wander yesterday after dropping our bags, walking alongside the ocean to the market area then on to the Dutch Fort where we […]

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Dinner
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Now in Mirissa after an amazing few days in Tangalle. We had great fun at the wedding of Deshika and Dimi and sampled probably our last taste of luxury at the Amenwella resort before returning to the life of a backpacker. We’ve loved the beaches right on the doorstep of where we’ve stayed (Green Gardens […]

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  • Rum and Pineapple
  • Our loungers on Goyambokka beach
  • View from our loungers
  • Peter in the surf
  • Deshika's pre-wedding party
  • Green Sea Turtle
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We have finally made it to a beach location where we can spend our days lounging and swimming. We are in Tangalle for Deshika and Dimi’s wedding, which is today. Here are some photos from our first day here, yesterday. We went to the beach in the morning, a pre-wedding party in the afternoon followed […]

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Elephant
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We arrived in Tissamaharama yesterday afternoon from Haputale and checked into our guesthouse, La Safari Inn. We got a decent room for a good price but its fairly obvious people only come here for the safari, there’s not much else to do here. We left for our safari to Yala National Park at 5am with […]

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Just spent a few days in Haputale, a town about 1500m above sea level. We arrived there after another stunning rail journey through the Hill Country. We stayed at a place called White Monkey (Dias Rest), a guesthouse run by a family of 13, 3km uphill from the town. Our ‘room’ was a cottage with […]

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Kandy Railway Station
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Here is some footage of the train ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. A stunning journey with tea plantations and rolling green hills all the way. The snacks weren’t bad either (curry doughnuts).

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Train to Nuwara Eliya
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We have arrived in Nuwara Eliya after a stunning train journey from Kandy (see pics). There was a moment of confusion as we tried to find our carriage and seats having been sent the wrong direction a couple of times but once on with all our luggage we were pleasantly surprised by the room and […]

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Kandyan Dance
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So, we are into our final evening in Kandy having taken in most it has to offer (we think at least). We have been to some traditional Kandyan dance, been to the resting place of one of the Bhudda’s incisors (yes, that’s right…. according to legend) and been to a tea museum. Today we took […]

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Negombo Fish Market
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Sunday, 16th March – Tuesday, 18th March We are now in Kandy having travelled here by bus from Negombo where we spent our first two nights in Sri Lanka. Negombo is a fishing town near to the airport, with not that much to do but convenient for a first stop. Here are a couple of […]

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International Finance Centre, Tower One
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Friday, 14th March – Saturday, 15th March Our time in Hong Kong is over now and we are heading to Sri Lanka. We have had a great time in this city typified by our last couple of days. We had Johann and Carol’s wedding on the Friday in which we were part of the Bridal […]

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Lamma Island_6
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Tuesday, 11th March Only been in Hong Kong four full days now but seems like a week with all that we’ve done. After the first day of packing in a few of the sights, we followed that up with some more wandering, checking out the Graham Street market and a ‘failed’ trip to Causeway Bay […]

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Monday, 10th March Here are some pics from our first day of exploring Hong Kong. Packed in a lot for the first day: rode a tram, ferry and train, explored the Temple Street night market, took a ferry over to Kowloon, visited Hong Park Park and Botanical Gardens and saw a temple.

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Sunday, 9th March In the lounge waiting for our gate to open eating breakfast…

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