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South East Asia in a nutshell…

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South East Asia in a nutshell…

Hey, what was that? You want to watch a short video briefly outlining what me and Gemma got up to in South East Asia?

Well look no further!  Read the rest of this entry

When things start to slip…

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When things start to slip…

When you’re travelling it’s important to stay organised. It’s not like real life. It’s like hard work.

I know that might sound ridiculous. It sounds ridiculous to me too. But it’s true, travelling requires you to be more on the ball than you ever need to be at home because one little slip can lead to a landslide of errors.

We should know. After three months on the road, we started to let things slide. We stopped planning ahead and we stopped checking important dates and times. Read the rest of this entry

My top ten places to visit in South East Asia

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My top ten places to visit in South East Asia

Me and Tim made a backup plan when we missed our flight out of Hanoi. We decided to hire motorbikes and travel the length of Vietnam. And whilst we don’t have time to take that trip now (thanks to the lovely people in the Quatar office) I do have time to reflect on South East Asia.

Here are my highlights of South East Asia:  Read the rest of this entry

The topsy turvy of South East Asia

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The topsy turvy of South East Asia

South East Asia is well known for being, shall we say, ‘higgledy piggledy’. Cambodia’s a country where logic means nothing, Thailand’s known for its crazy nights and Vietnam for its ‘adventurous’ cuisine. The continent is full of disoriented travellers trying to make head and tail of this new ‘sense’. And I’m sure it is sensical. Just not to us. Here are some of the things we’ve seen during our South East Asia trip that haven’t made it onto the blog yet: Read the rest of this entry

Leaving our mark

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Leaving our mark

It’s nice to leave your mark on a place. Since we’ve been travelling we’ve tried to do this where we can – in Chandigarh there’s a painter painting our portrait, as a group we tried to educate a tour guide in Jaisalmer about why plastic water bottles shouldn’t be burnt in the desert, we taught English to children and gave staff a workshop on report writing in Phnom Penh and I’d like to think that, in a small way, we helped the cause at The Elephant Nature Park. But we couldn’t be prepared for the significant way in which Gemma was to leave her mark in Hanoi. It was like fate.

Oh, and in Goa I broke a toilet. Read the rest of this entry

New Years Peeve… (on the beautiful Koh Tao)

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New Years Peeve… (on the beautiful Koh Tao)

2012

We look around our room with something resembling disappointment. It takes a while because, despite the fact it’s midday, our room is far too dark to see. We’d lie down but there’s no bedding and we’re scared to ask the guesthouse owner for some because she’s got more than a few screws loose. It took 15 minutes just to see the room and when we did she kept screaming “it’s not clean, it’s not clean”. She was right. We’re scared if we ask for anything else she’ll grab an axe and knock the door down whilst exclaiming “heeeere’s mental” at us.

Our emotions only resembled disappointment mind, because at this time of year (New Years) any room on Koh Tao is a blessing. I guess we felt somewhere between disappointment and relief. Disappointed relief. Read the rest of this entry