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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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26
Apr-2014

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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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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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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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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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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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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