Welcome to our blog!
We intend to update this as much as possible whilst we are on our travels to keep you all informed of our whereabouts!
Our key dates so far are:
30th November 2010 - Leave London and fly to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
31st January 2011 - We begin our 4 day trek of the Inca Trail, Peru
8th March 2011 - Fly from Santiago, Chile to Auckland, New Zealand
22nd April 2011 - Leave New Zealand and fly to Nadi, Fiji
6th May 2011 - Fly from Fiji to Cairns, Australia via Auckland and Sydney
We are going to work in Australia and have a 12 month Visa so that is how far our plans go! We intend to travel Asia after Australia but for the moment, who knows!!
So hopefully we will have a few tales to tell! Happy reading and feel free to comment on any of our posts as it would be lovely to hear from you all once in a while!!
Days on the Road
January 18th 2012
G’Day and Happy New Year all! I know that James and I have been very naughty and neglected our blogging duties – and we were going so well in South America! However, this all seems like a lifetime ago now – can’t believe it is almost a year since we did the Inca Trail! Crazy! How was everybody’s Christmas? It was our second away from home and thankfully this year proved to be a lot more festive than last! Luckily for us Ellie and Iain came over from New Zealand and stayed for 10 days. We spent the obligatory backpacker’s Christmas day on Bondi Beach (turkey & stuffing sarnies) and spent all day on New Year’s Eve in the Botanical Gardens next to the Opera House in order to get prime position for the Sydney Harbour ... read more
June 16th 2011
As my grandmother had skydived at the age of 65, I knew that I definitely had to do one. James was wavering, Iain was keen having done one before and Ellie was adamant that she would not do it. After heading to the tourist office to enquire about prices etc the girl informed us that sky diving would not be possible for the next couple of days due to rain (apparently the raindrops feel like bullets!!) and that i we wanted to jump, we had to do it that day! Following our night out in Rotorua, none of us were feeling too clever, furthermore, if we wanted to do it we had 10 minutes to decide as the next jump slot was in half an hour! We decided that it would be a fun thing to ... read more
June 16th 2011
We were very excited to arrive at Pahia in the Bay of Islands as we were meeting up with Ellie and Iain (who also hired a spaceship) as it was so nice to see two friendly familiar faces after spending so much time away from home. As we only had two weeks of travelling together, the aim was to cram as much adventure in as possible! However, our first night was spent drinking a few beers, chatting about our travels and enjoying a lovely carbonara (courtesy of Iain) which was cooked on the side of their spaceship 'Kompass' (ours was called 'Lara Lor-Van'), whilst we camped in a 24 hour carpark after being tipped off by the woman at the information centre that that's what a lot of travellers tend to do - one free night ... read more
June 16th 2011
Hello everyone! We have been very naughty and rejected our blog duties for quite some time now! We have been up to loads, hence the lack of entries - also the internet is much more expensive in Australasia than it is in South America and we were living in a people carrier, so blogging took quite a bit of forward planning! So - we arrived in New Zealand at 4am on 10th March after a long 13 hour flight from Santiago, crossing the date line which means that for us, 9th March 2011 never happened - hope we didn’t miss much! As we still had a few days before we were due to pick up our Spaceship campervan, James' cousin Megan had kindly agreed to put us up in her house in Auckland, despite our early ... read more
March 5th 2011
A brief (but long overdue) entry. 10am, and the overnight bus from Mendoza, Argentina, has arrived in Santiago, Chile, the final escapade in our South American chapter. Rode the subway to our hostel La Casa Roja, a old red building, with a pool bar, hammocks and sunny weather, so a good note on which to end. We spent our last few days walking around town, watching films and sitting in the hammocks by the pool playing with Murphy, the hostel puppy (much to Jane's delight). We also checked out the local fish market that had many little restaurant/cafes inside and had one of my best meals so far, a dish of fresh crab baked in a cheesy sauce with a crusty baguette and lemon wedges for dressing. We also came back for some more ceviche the ... read more
March 5th 2011
Well, drink cycling actually! We left Arequipa, Peru, on Monday on the 6am bus, 63 hours and 4 buses later we arrived in Mendoza, Argentina, after travelling the length of the Chilean desert. Although this sounds horrendous, it was not too bad and was made funnier by the attendant on one of our buses repeatedly saying "more tea" in a cockney accent for 24 hours everytime he came past us after we failed to understand his "mas té" the first time round. As we had only a week before we were due to fly out to New Zealand, we had come to Mendoza for one reason only - Wine! Mendoza is on every backpackers 'must see' list as it's famous for it's wine tours, which involve renting a bike (from Mr Hugo's of course - who ... read more
March 5th 2011
The city of Arequipa sits at an altitude of 2,335 metres above sea level in a mountainous desert in the western Andes, at the foot of El Misti volcano. We awoke in Arequipa after our 16hr bus ride and set off for our hostel 'Arequipay Backpacker's House', when we got there we were amazed - the hostel was by far the nicest we had stayed at with a huge kitchen with lots of equipment, free internet access, pool table, swimming pool and two huge tv's, one of which was in it's own cinema room with a stack of dvd's! Travelling gold! After settling into our room we headed off to the nearest shopping centre to get some food and to have a look around the shops! Although it's as cheap in Peru to eat out than ... read more
February 25th 2011
After travelling for 4 hours by bus, the 7 of us arrived in Lima, Peru's capital, and found ourselves a hostel in the centre of Miraflores and got a room to ourselves. As it was late afternoon, we chilled out for a bit and the girls and I went to the department store opposite the hostel, my first in South America, it was strange to be in that environment again, especially with crazy hair and my alpaca cardigan on, we must have looked a bit out of place! In the evening the 7 of us went to the cinema over the road to see 'True Grit'. This was the first time that James and I had been to see a film since being away and it felt like a real treat! As the weather was beautiful ... read more
February 24th 2011
Huacachina, near Ica, Peru. After doing our time in Loki, Cusco, the next destination was the much hyped sand boarding, like snowboarding, but in the desert. We time our exit so that all our friends from the hostel come along, that made Jane and myself, Grif the Yank, Drew the Aussie, Joe English, Cass and Joss, also Aussies. Grif had spoken to other travellers who had already been sand boarding and learned that not only could we hit the slopes, but we could camp the night between the dunes and under the desert stars, with bbq and music to boot. Arriving by bus at Ica, we all managed to squeeze into one cab, as Joss and Cass would be following the next day, and headed to Huacachina, a small village of restaurants, hostels and tour companies, ... read more
February 11th 2011
First of all, thank you to everyone reading the blog and we hope you are all enjoying it! It´s great to hear from you and have your comments once in a while! We have been a bit behind recently due to technical issues and a bit of laziness on our part! Secondly, the pics for the Inca trail are not really in order so sorry we will try and fix this when we have a better PC! Happy reading folks! The Inca Trail Soon enough, the 31st January came around and it was time for us to begin our Inca Trail. Although excited about it, we were also slightly dreading it as we had heard that it was going to be tough. Inca Trek Eve We discover that half of a 16 person group joining Peru ... read more