Welcome to Alex and Ella's round the world travel blog.
It's only taken us 10 years since we first started talking about going travelling to actually quit our jobs and book our tickets, but we're finally off!
Here we're hoping to keep you updated on our adventures over the next 6 months as we travel through South America, Australia and South East Asia. We can't promise how often we'll be writing on these pages (it all depends on how much of a good time we're having) but we'll do our best!
December 5th 2005
Whitsundays, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island, Noosa, Alexandra Headlands, Bryon Bay, Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney... read more
November 19th 2005
Well.....a whole week of not packing and unpacking packs...of being able to buy food and eat what you want and generally just chill - heaven! It was so nice and relaxing we're not going to write too much...too much effort for this chilled out place. Its lovely and sunny (80 degrees even at night) and for the first time it feels like we are on holiday! :-) Alex finally turned her man radar on after a little push from Thierry and I. I suggested that we all went out for dinner but funnily enough I was ill and couldn't go....Thierry you owe me! ;-) I did what I had been thinking about doing for ages and tried scuba diving - Tim, Sarah and Jen you are right its amazing. I loved every minute of it. I ... read more
November 17th 2005
Alex and I are now at Uluru or Ayres Rock where its a very pleasant 40 degrees!...You have to drink at least 1 litre of water every hour to stop yourself from dehydrating. The soil here is so bright its almost orange and the light reflects off Uluru to give it a different colour and atmosphere throughout the day. I know that Uluru is a spiritual place for the locals but it really does have a very calming and laid back atmosphere. If it wasn't for the wildlife it would be perfect!...There were red backs in the toilet block and grass hopper type things the size of my hand!!!?? It is disrespectful to climb Uluru as it is of such significant importance to the localpeople. Instead we did a base walk of the Uluru with a ... read more
November 9th 2005
So first impressions of Australia! The people are great. Its soo nice to be back in a place where you can speak your own language and people care about customer service. After yet another argument with Lan Chile whilst boarding the flight from Santiago to Sydney (its too annoying & frustrating to repeat...I'm still going through therapy ha ha!) it was fab to arrive in Sydney where the Qantas staff were so helpful, we even got some of our other flights changed for free :-) First impression of Perth where that we had arrived in an old peoples retirement village - bungalows as far as the eye could see. I was a little concerned abut this and eventually decided to ask Phil (Alex's step uncle who had kindly collected us from the airport) why there were ... read more
November 2nd 2005
So we took a two day trip into Brazil to see the amazing Iguazu Falls - the largest natural waterfall in the world. It is situated in the rainforest between Argentina, Brazil & Paraguay and to see the whole thing you need to see it over two days - one day in Brazil and the other in Argentina. We had met up with Rebecca in BA from our Kumuka tour and she decided to come with us. We were looking forward to a couple of days chilling in the Brazilan sunshine. We were told to check in at the domestic airport one hour before our flight, however the tour company declined to tell us that they had booked Rebecca onto a different flight leaving from the international airport. Added to this, when we arrived at the ... read more
October 30th 2005
Buenos Aires is a lovely city with tree lined streets and old buildings -at a glance you could be in New York, Paris or London but the best thing is everything costs a fraction of the price. We stayed at the Gran Hotel Oriental in the Congreso area - sounds a bit like the Mandarin Oriental, but at only 5 pounds a night each including breakfast, the name is where the similarity ends! The hotel was a bit strange but fine, as long as you don´t want a hot shower in the evening and you don´t mind walls that have been filled in with cement! Initially we thought our bathroom didn´t even have a shower (or a bath) but upon closer inspection it turned out the shower and the taps were just fixed on the wall ... read more
October 27th 2005
So we left La Serena and had our farewell lunch at a beach on the way to Santiago. The best lunch ever - cheese, biscuits and wine! :-) Some of us drank more wine than others and Helen managed to convince Alex that she should write to her very sexy lodger in Sydney - Lucas. The following is an insert of what I can remember Alex wrote to Lucas "Hello, I am 32 but act 26. I am 5ft tall with everything in the right places - well at the moment! . I am an outdoorsy kind of girl, I spent the winter doing a ski season and I´ve recently discovered cycling. Anyway I can´t remember the rest as we were all crying with laughter!...I may upload this onto an internet dating site.... Our first night ... read more
October 20th 2005
The next couple of days were interesting to say the least. We had a two day bone-shaker ride off road accross the Altiplano, staying in the most basic of basic hostals. Towards the end of the first day all had been going well until the sand started to give way under the truck almost tipping over before getting stuck. We all had to get out as quickly as possible and I found myself stood in shorts and a vest top in the freezing cold. The jeep that was guiding us soon came back when we didn´t arrive at the hostal and I managed to blag Matt´s football shirt and the first lift back to the hostal, along with Caroline and Alex. The pictures do not really do the hostal justice - there was no heating (it ... read more
October 17th 2005
So we left the big smoke of La Paz - after fighting our way through a local fuel protest at the edge of the city and went to Potosi. Potosi is famous for being the highest city in the world at 4070 m above sea level so needless to say we got the altitude sickness yet again. It´s hard to imagine it when you are there, but it was also once the richest city in the world - they mine silver there and once made the coins for the whole of Spain and South America. We passed on the opportunity to see the local mine where children still work, and you have to take gifts of dynamite which they then blow up for you! Instead we took a 2 hour taxi ride to Sucre which is ... read more
October 14th 2005
So we arrive in La Paz a sprawlling city in the middle of a huge crater backed by some amazing mountains. Most of us were too tired to venture out after our night in Copacabana so we had a "quiet one" in the bar opposite. Alex is still ill so we've been taking things slow, which is not that easy at altitude. We took a collectivo to the otherside of town yesterday. Basically its a mini bus where someone leans out of the open door shouting all the locations its going to. If its going near somewhere you want to go you hop on with the many locals and pay 1 Bolivano (about 7p) we went about 7 miles for this money - amazing! Bolivia is split between the very wealthy and the very poor. Near ... read more