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Is Malaria Really That Bad?

This is the innards of a malaria pill I opened on the concrete floor of our guesthouse – Doxycycline.  A nice luminous yellow… mmm This is the same luminous yellow powder three days later… I don’t know why I bother … Continue reading

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Shootin’

Today Craig and I went to the 911 Siem Reap Shooting Range. Formerly a place where you could shoot just about any weapon you like. I’ll explain why soon. It’s located just outside of the Siem Reap City Centre and … Continue reading

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Choeung Ek – The Killing Fields – Cambodia

Today Craig and I visited one of the hundreds of killing fields of the Khmer Rouge era, now a memorial ground, in Phnom Penh. It was a quiet and eerie place; you could somehow feel that thousands of lives had … Continue reading

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It’s all about the Baht

While we’ve been enjoying Thailand and its beaches, you can’t help but get frustrated at the locals charging you for everything, and the prices aren’t particularly cheap for a westerner. We’re staying in Ko Phangan at the moment, an island … Continue reading

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The Perfect Beach

After China, Craig and decided that we’ll take it easier in Thailand and try to relax by finding the perfect beach. It’s been difficult! Our criteria is pretty simple, white/gold sand, warm clear water, a place to stay nearby and … Continue reading

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Xi’an Highlights

A few of our highlights in Xi’an   Boarding the High Speed Train to Xi’an – Beijing Chinese Calligraphy lessons with a local at our hostel – Xi’an Chinese Dumplings lessons at our hostel – Xi’an Soldiers patrolling the city … Continue reading

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Terra Cotta Warriors

Since I can remember, I’ve always wanted to visit the Terra Cotta Warriors in the Shaanxi province of China. Discovered by a farmer digging a well (the poor guy probably never saw a cent of the millions China have made … Continue reading

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Where do you come from? Part 2

Just down the road we came across a quiet café/bar and said we’ll just have 1 beer as we haven’t got that much money to spend. Although 4 euros isn’t much for a beer in England, it’s pretty expensive here. … Continue reading

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Week 1 of China

Left to right – Starfish and Scorpions – Wangfujing Market, Beijing Lizard, Gecko, Spider, Silk worm, Snake, Scorpion – Wangfujing Market, Beijing Dumplings and stir fry noodles – Suzhou Road, Summer Palace, Beijing Wangfujing Night Market, Beijing Various delicacies – … Continue reading

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Where do you come from? Part 1

Uploading pictures seems to be a problem at the moment, so here’s a story.  On day 2 in China, Craig and I decided to check out Wangfujing Street, part of Jinbao Street. Here we could find the famous night market … Continue reading

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Next up, Germany ya!

It was nice to leave Paris, a huge noisy, fast and furious city. It was quite an experience, but I had hoped to slow down a little. We had a 12 train journey to Germany ahead of us which ended … Continue reading

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Should have paid more attention in French lessons

We made it to Paris! The journey went surprising quickly although I expected the Eurostar to be a bit more exciting! it’s just like any other train unfortunately. Very boring! We arrived to a rainy, cold and in places, snowy … Continue reading

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A Few Highlights

A few of our favourite moments on Ascension. Sunset Louie’s Ledge Early morning turtle BBQ in Garden Cottage garden Climbing down Bat Cave Our view from Garden Cottage Turtle eggs Hannay blowhole Fishing at sunset Me next to a Green … Continue reading

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Ascension Island Green Turtles

If we were at Ascension just for the turtles, it still would have been worth the money we paid for the trip. It’s something I’ll never forget and an experience that cannot be captured on any camera. We sat under … Continue reading

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Fishing on Ascension

We had heard about a local fisherwoman named Debbie. She was happy to take us out to hopefully catch some Tuna. Unfortunately her boat was being repaired on the day. She luckily knew of another guy (Sam Arms) who would … Continue reading

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Wildlife on Ascension

One of the attractions to Ascension Island for us is the wildlife. We were lucky enough to see everything in our 2 week stay. Wild crabs are found along the roads and wetter parts of the island. They travel down … Continue reading

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The Worst Golf Course in the World

Officially dubbed as the ‘The worst Golf course in the world’ Craig and I found ourselves having our first ever game of Golf. I don’t know whether to blame the Golf course, our equipment or the fact that Craig or … Continue reading

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Arriving on Ascension

We arrived at 7:40am on Ascension to a humid and rainy day. The rain didn’t last long though, and the 30 degree sun dried it within an hour. We happened to be there on the hottest month of the year … Continue reading

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Packed – 6 hours until take off to Ascension

One mistake a first time backpacker always makes is that he or she will pack too much to begin with. It’s not my first time backpacking, but it’s my first time around the world. I’ll no doubt be ditching quite … Continue reading

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Now it gets stressful

Now that our Ascension tickets have been confirmed and paid for, it’s time to start planning the rest of the trip. The most complicated and stressful part is the Trans-Siberian. Before we even have to contend with Russian or Chinese … Continue reading

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