Little profile update is long overdue...so here it is....
You exist only through what you have done, not what you have wished or dreamed...
Some dream their life...I live my dreams...
Life is about experience,sharing and love...
It's just over five years of blogging...but trust me, I didn't start travelling with this blog...that's more like a 20 years old story....
Simple rule, don't pretend, because you get what you work for!
We had the chance to meet many fellow travelblogers over the last 5 years, and hope to meet a lot more of you in the near future, as this is a great community.
The past 5 years have been pretty amazing. I understand that not everybody needs to accept, understand or share our views on life. But this is the way we love to lead our life.
Yesterday was good, today is great...tomorrow will be better, just maybe a little different!
I promise, on the road....we love to be...the 250++ blog entries speak for themselves...and yes, I've got great kids!
November 30th 2013
If you like golf, this entry is pure indulgence....if you don't like golf, don't worry, more diving is on the way. I went pure "epicurism" over the last few days, it is actually bordering to way too much fun when it comes to golfing. Arizona is a mecca when it comes to golf...and yes, I did play three times the Old course at St Andrews, Scotland! Try to compare Scottsdale in Arizona to St Andrews in Scotland...in November...that's simply not a match! Remember last Monday...I was indeed somewhere 200km north of Port Sudan in the morning. Then the same day came Port Sudan, transit in Khartoum, Dubai. On Tuesday came...left Dubai, transit in Addis, tried to sort out a messy situation in Joburg...Wednesday was...two meetings in Hong Kong, transit in Shanghai and LAX...and finally got a ... read more
November 25th 2013
The only way to claim you have dived the world…is simply…to dive around. My first try at the Red Sea was back in the summer of 2008 on a live-aboard, for a week of diving in the South of Egypt out of Marsa Alam diving places like Daedalus. At the time, I found the experience pretty average. Since that day, I have also dived out of Aqaba in Jordan, another rather average experience, but one which is easily enjoyed before or after the magnificent Wadi Rum or the wonders of Petra. Aqaba is a perfect dive trip for a day or two… But there is more to the Red Sea. I have dived Djibouti, but that’s not really anymore the Red Sea. I will dive sooner or later Saudi Arabia…but for now, here I am ... read more
November 18th 2013
I’m not yet done with November, and not yet done with Africa either, but here is a little jump to the Middle East for just short of 30 hours. It’s not my first short stop in Dubai, neither my last one either. Original plan was to land at 3am arriving from Joburg…but as things never go the right way in Africa, our Ethiopian Airlines plane landed short of 5 hours late…and I was already in a rush, having my first meeting at 8.45am for breakfast at my hotel near the hotel. Made it just…nice to have friends who can wait a little especially when you have no mobile connection with you, even if it’s a working day for them! An hour later it was on to the shower…than straight to the Metro to meet another friend. ... read more
November 15th 2013
So...Sunday morning was in Shanghai, than on to Saigon to drop Leslie and Tiffany where they are spending few weeks. On Tuesday I was in Bangkok...time to re-register for the school, find a new flat and sort out the movers...all done! Wednesday was...business as usual in Hong Kong...and from Thursday it was Congo...for a good 11 days of great fun...ok, and some work too. Don't ask me how I deal with it...it's done, that's the most important part. Than this Sunday, it was Lubumbashi-Joburg-Durban...and the drive south to Shelly Beach. I know, one more blog about one of my preferred place in the world...for the diving, the golfing, and obviously few friends... This is hammerheads season...and I mean...middle of the hammerhead sharks season...big time! These guys are shy...and travel in groups...big groups. But at the same ... read more
October 27th 2013
This is the end of a pretty cool trip...or actually...nearly the end. We left Luxembourg on the 24th September, and just over one month later, without a single plane ride, we are in Shanghai. This is also the end of a longer trip, as Leslie have now completed their first round-the-world trip, started in July 2012 when we left Asia for Argentina. Leslie and Tiffany left Asia as children...and they come back as teenagers...or close to it for Tiffany. That 15 months trip was a dream I never thought 5 years ago I could take. First, there is the fact that if Leslie has now lived with me for close to 7 years, it's only 2 years and a half for Tiffany. The day she moved in is like yesterday, but still, so much has happened ... read more
October 21st 2013
Here we are, back in China...and reaching soon the last leg of this amazing trip. We made it to the 30 hours trip on the train from Ulan Baator...not the best train ride ever, but it was nice to arrive in Beijing...sunny Beijing with a very enjoyable autumn temperature...we have left the cold behind us! My first visit to Beijing was back in November 2001. It was with Leslie, and he did some of his first steps on the Great Wall of China. My last visit of Beijing was back in November 2006, and that was a pretty none eventful stay. In between, I did come few times, but these were business trips, and not much time to visit around. I would never live in Beijing. First for the pollution, second for the crowds, and third ... read more
October 18th 2013
We are heading south...to Beijing...and enjoying our last few hours in Ulan Baator. Back to the city...the people at Tuul River Lodge booked us in a guest house bang in the middle of the city. For info, it is called Zaya's, and I could only recommend those guys. Only proper western style hotels here are the Kempinski and the ramada...and they are not the best! Guesthouse...looking like a youth hostel...but we had a full flat for ourselves just one floor below...and for 50usd, that's a true bargain! We went to explore the city before it was getting dark. We had crossed it by car....new buildings everywhere mixing with Soviet style and soviet style housing...nothing really exciting. As the guest house is right in the middle of the city, it's easy to visit the main square, as ... read more
October 16th 2013
After 100 hours of train from Moscow, on the morning of 14th of October, we made it to Ulan Baator. A driver picked up us just before sunset to make our way to the Terelj National Park. In the city, it must have been something like minus 10 Celsius...it's already winter here! UB, aka Ulan Baator early morning looks like in the middle of a property boom...till, not sure I ever want to live here...but that will be for next blog. But we were not here to discover Ulan Baator...the plan, and it's the same for most tourists...was to discover Mongolia...or rather, it's beautiful countryside... Now the trick is...it's middle of October, the official season is over....we have just spent nearly 5 days on a train....Mongolia has a bad reputation for food...and it was out of ... read more
October 14th 2013
Here it is...they call this a trip of a lifetime...how could we call ourselves travelers without having done it. Took a while to plan, took a while to ride...the memories will be with us...forever. First, we didn't ride the trans-Siberian, as this train is running from Moscow to Vladivostok. What we did is the trans-Manchurian, the train all the way from Moscow to Ulan Baator. We did it non-stop, this is a 100 hours ride...meaning 5 nights, four days as you board the train at around 9pm, and arrive in Ulan Baator early morning. You can either use a travel agent to buy the ticket ahead for you... or take your luck once you are in Russia. I was happy to have pre-booked our St Petersburg-Moscow...and the same will be later one for the leg Ulan ... read more
October 9th 2013
We are back on trains...and for quite a while. From St Petersburg, we took the Red Arrow train number 1. The train was packed, not a bad idea to have booked it weeks ahead through a travel agency. And by 7.30am, we were in Moscow. Taxis are very expensive here, and can be a mess...so to the metro we went, with all our bags...not the greatest experience, but we start to be used to it! We are in Moscow for four days, 3 nights...before our next serious adventure. Moscow is way bigger than St Petersburg, and I need to make sure the little legs of Tiffany and Leslie can survive the challenge. They did! Weather wise, we are still pretty lucky. Bright sunny day on our first day, followed by 3 days of seriously cloudy skies...but ... read more