We are travelling the world on an extended honeymoon and we want to keep you all updated on the adventures we are having and places which we are visiting. We are travelling to Canada, the USA, South America (Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil), New Zealand, Australia and Thailand.
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The map below shows our route so far.
March 8th 2011
After a very pleasant flight from Australia in which Alexa watched a world record four films (without some would say a good one among them), we touched down in Thailand, the final country on our travels and immediately found ourselves thrust into the hustle and bustle of a Bangkok rush hour. For those of you who have been to Thailand before you will probably agree that Bangkok is a necessary evil that has to be endured in order to travel on to either the spectacular jungles in the north of the country or the beautiful beaches in the south. The most common form of transport in Bangkok is the tuk tuk which is a sort of motor bike with a little open air carriage on the back. This open air feature ensures that it is possible ... read more
March 3rd 2011
After having had a wonderful week in New Zealand with Ben's parents, we were sad to leave their company and the wonderful country that is New Zealand. However, when we arrived at Adelaide airport, we were quickly swept away by our Aussie host, Sarah (Ben's former colleague from Charles Russell) who told us in the car on the way back to her parents' house (where we were staying complete with swimming pool and tennis court... who says travelling needs to be hard work?!) that she had meticulously planned our next 5 days... what she did not tell us was that she had also factored in a 6am run with her running club! Sarah is one of the most enthusiastic people I have ever met and, together with her husband Mark and her family, encouraged us to ... read more
February 10th 2011
'Fresh' from a 15 hour delayed flight from Buenos Aires, we touched down into a very plush, award-winning Auckland airport and breathed a sigh of relief at returning to the developed world. Best of all, we would be spending the next week with my parents who were at the airport waiting to pick us up. In the car on the way back from the airport to my cousin Claire's house, where we would be spending the first and last nights of our New Zealand adventure, Dad took us through his meticulously prepared, extremely organised itinerary and we immediately knew that we were in for an action-packed week! Having spent our first day in charming Auckland, the first stop on our New Zealand road trip was Paihia, a quaint little seaside town which was the perfect base ... read more
January 31st 2011
Still in the midst of our passport fiasco, we met up with our group in the lovely Pucon. We were greeted with a basket of goodies (containing all of our favourite treats) from our Brit friends, Charlie and Nuala and were treated to a celebratory barbeque in the evening by our Aussie friends, Charlene and Danny. Pucon is a summer haven for affluent Chileans and is situated in the Lake District of Chile. This area resembled central Europe, largely due to the German and Swiss immigrants who have settled there. We spent our limited time here relaxing and walking around the lovely town sampling the delicious chocolates which were on offer! Our next stop was Puerto Varas, where we spent a lot of time running beside the majestic lake lapping up the rays and trying to ... read more
December 26th 2010
When I was a small child growing up there were many places I dreamed of spending Christmas ranging from Lapland to Legoland! Alas, La Paz in Bolivia, as interesting a place as it is, was not one of them. Nevertheless this is precisely where Alexa and I found ourselves spending the 2010 festive period and we were determined to make the most of it. La Paz sits in a "bowl" surrounded by the high mountains of the altiplano and is located at an elevation of 3,660 meters above sea level, making it the world's highest "de facto" capital city. This means that walking upstairs leaves you panting (let alone going for a run), whilst one beer has the effect of about three. With Bolivia also being one of the poorest countries in South America, this meant ... read more
December 10th 2010
Firstly, I must apologise for the length of time it has taken me to update our travel blog. Internet access in South America is sooooooooo slow and loves to crash on me. Hence, the delay! Arriving in Lima (Peru´s capital) from Miami was a bit of a culture shock. In the taxi on the way to our hotel, we could see why they say that half of Peruvians live below the poverty line and unemployment is so out of control that it cannot be measured. The excessive use of car horns, the begging children, the lack of toilet seats, cold showers and toilet roll bins all had to be embraced very quickly! We decided to explore the old town before we met up with our tour group and visited the San Francisco monastery. The underground catacombs ... read more
November 25th 2010
So we arrived in Orlando and our first park was Universal Studios Island of Adventure as we were keen to experience the new Harry Potter extravaganza prior to the Thanksgiving crowds descending on the place. We duly arrived at the park at 9am sharp and immediately raced to Hogsmeade. We were instantly awestruck! It felt like we had indeed somehow been magically transported into the wonderful wizarding world of Harry Potter. Hogwarts Castle had been completely reproduced and cut a dominating sight at the top of the mountain. Hogsmeade Village was as quaint as in the films and establishments included the Three Broomsticks Inn, Zonko's Joke Shop, Ollivanders Wand Shop and my personal favourite Honeydukes Sweet Shop. The rides too were spectacular. On one of them we actually joined Harry, Hermione and Ron on their broomsticks ... read more
November 20th 2010
The next leg of our journey could not have been more different from our previous stretch of city hopping. In Washington DC, Ben and I hired a car for 10 days in order that we may drive through the Appalachian Mountains and down some of the east coast. We hopped into our VW Beatle (which I aptly named Ringo!) with great enthusiasm and set off on our journey. We began by driving the Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park. This was a 105 mile drive, which redefined our idea of 'scenic route'. We were constantly treated to spectacular views and this was arguably the most impressive 'scenic drive' we have ever completed. We were immediately forced to test out our brakes when two deer innocently wandered across the road. The leaves burnt bright red and orange, ... read more
November 7th 2010
For a period of time, Philadelphia was the second largest city in the British Empire (after London). It was also the US' capital at the start of the Revolutionary War and again after the war until 1790, when Washington DC took over. Of course, Alexa and I were blissfully unaware of all of this. Indeed, the only thing we knew about Philly prior to our visit was that it was the home of one of my all time heroes...the undefeated heavy weight champion of the world, the Italian Stallion, Rocky Balboa. Sure enough, one of our first tasks on arriving in Philly was to find Rocky's statue, which was located just at the bottom of the steps to the stunning Philadelphia Museum of Art, incidentally the very same steps Rocky ran up to complete his training ... read more
October 31st 2010
As a bit of a home bird, two months without seeing my family has been a challenge. Words cannot describe how excited I felt when my mum, dad and sister pulled up in their yellow cab outside our apartment in New York. After a welcoming and celebratory G&T, we planned our activities for the following week and produced a very long list (half of which were shops which my sister informed us were "must sees!") Having been on a bit of a US City crawl for the past two months, Ben and I have at times felt a little citied out! However, I must admit that The Big Apple is a truly unique city with treasures for everyone. It is loud and fast and pulsing with energy. From the middle of Times Square to the most ... read more