Well the time has come for another grande adventure to a far off land. Where is the red hair going to be flaunted this time? Asia. Yet another continent I've wanted to explore for oh so long, and now Aimee and I have that chance.
We will be starting this escapade of ours in Seoul, South Korea, moving onto mainland China and Tibet, to Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Malaysia before arriving in Singapore 3 months later.
They'll be lots of stories to tell, and I hope to be able to update this travel blog regularly to let you know what we're up to. There may be times though where the internet is unavailable, the keyboards unintelligible or the noodles too delicious to post more often, so you'll have to bear with me.
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Hope everyone has a great summer, be sure to keep in touch!
June 23rd 2011
Hey everyone, I had great initial intentions for this entry: to catch up the trip to the point we're at now. Unfortunately I quickly came to appreciate that I have over a month of destinations, stories and pictures to catch up on and that the task of 'catch-up' is next to impossible right now. Thus, it will wait till we get home. I have attached a series of images from Tibet to go along with the last entry though so enjoy. At the moment we're in Ho Chi Minh city Vietnam and have spent the last two weeks in this vibrant -but hot- country. We have a couple days left to finish up, and then we're off to Singapore till the 28th when we come home. We're happy and healthy but after three months on the ... read more
June 2nd 2011
Greetings all, It had been my intention to continue publishing regular blogs, but then I got sucked into the relaxing good times of Railay, Thailand and my attention span for blogging dropped dramatically. Seven years ago I visited Railay, and it was really the only spot I wanted to revisit when Aimee and I came to Thailand two weeks ago. It’s an amazing peninsula on the south western side of Thailand – close to Koh Phi Phi – with few people, gorgeous beaches and towering limestone cliffs. Our time here has been a big departure from how we have travelled the previous month and a half, and the first time we could really say “we’re on vacation”. I believe my last... read more
June 2nd 2011
Greetings all, It had been my intention to continue publishing regular blogs, but then I got sucked into the relaxing good times of Railay, Thailand and my attention span for blogging dropped dramatically. Seven years ago I visited Railay, and it was really the only spot I wanted to revisit when Aimee and I came to Thailand two weeks ago. It’s an amazing peninsula on the south western side of Thailand – close to Koh Phi Phi – with few people, gorgeous beaches and towering limestone cliffs. Our time here has been a big departure from how we have travelled the previous month and a half, and the first time we could really say “we’re on vacation”. I believe my last blog left off as we were headed to Tibet, which was a grueling two day ... read more
May 9th 2011
Hey everyone, We've made it to Tibet, and just finished a buffet which should have been entitled “99 Ways to Cook Yak”. Stewed, fried, BBQ'd, dried, rubbed with tomatoes etc etc etc. Tibet: Home is where the Yak is. Which ironically enough in mainland China is the nearly the exact phrase used to derive home, except replace yak with pig. The mandarin symbol for home is actually a roof over a domesticated pig. Anyway this is primarily a picture blog – catching up on the last few weeks of photos. Too many to load, but I hope you enjoy. Cheers, Michael... read more
May 4th 2011
This morning we saw the biggest hydro electric dam in the world, next week we'll be on the highest train in the world and in between I will buy new socks, white ones. That, however, is to come. After nearly a month on the road we began wearing down about a week ago. Our pedometers have consistently indicated that we've been walking upwards of 3-5 times our normal daily rate. While this is awesome on the calves, the pace simply hasn't been sustainable in a country as foreign as China where large coffees are difficult to come by. After Suzhou we started incorporating more rest time, particularly after a 20 hour train ride from Shanghai to Xian on seats we couldn't believe weren't made of stone. What Aimee and I lost in lower body sensation, we ... read more
April 21st 2011
Hello all, When I first moved to San Diego I felt compelled to learn to surf. I bought a battered nine foot board and a sexy chin to ankle wetsuit and hauled myself, half blind, offshore to embrace a few fleeting moment of verticality before plunging ass over tea kettle into the water below. Getting up onto the board was easier than I expected; getting out from the shore to open water was more physically exhausting than I'd realized. Once you're in deeper water it's fine, you simply paddle on the board; in shallow water, and carrying a nine foot long door it can be a bit more of a fight to get through the wave action. There are a variety of methods to do this, some easier than others but the most satisfying is hunkering ... read more
April 9th 2011
Hey all, Time again for a new entry! After leaving the temple we made our way south to Busan where we strolled their chilly beaches, strutted around a local hot springs bath house in the buff, saundered under the cherry blossoms and assailed a small mountain in the wee hours of the night in the name of love and adventure. Oh, and I proposed too! More on that to come though. :) At the moment we're actually in Beijing, having left Korea this morning. On the whole I was really impressed with S. Korea. Everything but the food that is. The BBQ is great and kimchi is fantastic every now and again, but Korean's don't really have breakfast, lunch and dinner food. It's all just food, and the same food repetatively can seriously effect one's imagination. ... read more
April 3rd 2011
Hi everyone, we're a few days into our journey so it's time to catch up on the 'ole blogging. To date we've spent all of our time in and around Seoul, and have been pleasantly surprised by how much we like Korea. The people are friendly, the city is clean, the food is spicy and flavourful, and the soju is far too cheap for it's alcoholic content. Our major stopoffs so far have been within Seoul, to palaces, markets and tea shops. Outside of Seoul we have toured the DMZ (Demilitiratized Zone) and stayed overnight at a Buddhist temple. Like anywhere foreign most of the fun is simply in trying to live. The journey and not the destination if you will. This is particularly apparent when you don't actually know the language. It effectively causes an ... read more
August 2nd 2008
Hey all, Three months in Africa and I'm now coming home! I will write and post more pictures in the coming weeks, but suffice to say I've had an amazing time here and though I know I could spend years quite comfortably touring Africa, I can also say that I'm ready to come home. For those that have commented on my blog that I haven't responded back to I will be taking care of it upon my return. See you all soon! Michael... read more
July 12th 2008
Hey all, For the first time in what feels like forever I have decent internet, so instead of putting together a long story blog. I'm going to load a number of photos for you all to take a peak. Since my last entry we've spent alot of time in, and around the Serengeti on safari. It was amazing. The photos I've included are a mere sample of the hundreds I've taken so far... I've also gone back and included the gorilla trek too. At the moment I'm back on Zanzibar island. We have a four day stop over here. I've spent most of my time snorkelling, playing beach volleyball and relaxing with a good book. Not a bad life. Hope everyone is doing well (as I always hope) and that the Stampede back home was alot ... read more