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There are some great journals on TravelBlog - what are your favorites?
9 years ago, October 12th 2004 No: 1 Msg: #524  
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I link my favorites in the highlights section that's on the front page of travelblog - but I have a confession - I no longer read all the journals! There are now too many :)

What am I missing? Which are your favorite journals - be it for the photos or writing or just the crazyness!

So a few that I follow: russ, aspiringnomad, Sken like a Ribble fluke

To link to bloggers you can use [blogger=142] on travelblog - that would link to Russ, I've got make an easier way to find out the ID eg. 142 - but for the moment - hover over the "contact name" link on the info page and in the status bar (very bottom of the browser) you can see a to_user_id=xxx - the xxx is the id. Hmm - that's a real pain - I promise to fix as soon as I've finished the gallery features.

So what have I missed? Who else's journals are highlight material? Who is inspiring you? Reply to this

9 years ago, October 12th 2004 No: 2 Msg: #525  
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that is too funny man, we read the SAME journals! lol!

I also read Alvin and Spencer_Kansai, but i'm prejudiced to those Japanese area blogs... :) Reply to this

9 years ago, October 12th 2004 No: 3 Msg: #526  
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Then we have some great journals and photos from Italy - Cristina and Areesa - inspires me to write more from Hungary - interesting stuff happens everyday (ok, somedays), just I spend too much time coding already - not enough hours in the day :) Reply to this

9 years ago, October 12th 2004 No: 4 Msg: #531  
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or days in a week! ;) Reply to this

9 years ago, October 14th 2004 No: 5 Msg: #543  
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The 3 ft path shrinks to a one foot wide rock laden test of acrobatic balance, the skies decide to unleash a deep bellow of thunder as if to challenge our intrusion into this leg of the climb. So picture us city hicks-we uncork our heavily fortified, mineralized water bottles - take several hard swigs hoping down below that it was a brave enough gesture of defiance at the threatening elements and then we pray and hope that our legs follow our will & the non-existent path.

- from Flipping back the Pages, by Deep and photos by Sombhit Gupta. Awesome. I felt I was there. Reply to this

9 years ago, November 10th 2004 No: 6 Msg: #667  
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I put a few more of the bloggers as Highlights - no offence to people not listed! I have more planned soon.

There are so many amazing journals and stories filling up the pages of travelblog at the moment that I need to spend less time reading and more working ;) Reply to this

9 years ago, December 16th 2004 No: 7 Msg: #855  
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Sken like a Ribble fluke - just added a fantastic journal, really funny - if laughing at the near misfortune of others is your thing! - be honest - who doesn't find that funny ;)

Easy tiger - adventures on the Trans Siberian Express - I wish he'd write more! There must be no-end of stories and things that happen in those cold shakey carriages.

Keep em' coming Ryan! (ps. doggy style photo doing well in google ;) - not that I'm recommending this blatent misuse of power)

What else have I been reading: Today - Is the 'People's War' safe? - more seat of the pants travel dodging officials, Casablanca - don't believe everything in the Lonely Planet!, but My month in Culiacan, Mexico - do believe the believe the bits about Taxi's in Mexico City!

Plus a few photos that I love:



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9 years ago, January 4th 2005 No: 8 Msg: #953  
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Great photo from Cristina - exactly like my imagination has Italy looking. She has a great eye for a photo - but she was an art teacher so she should have.
And Jenni writing from Central America - wow - with the rainy grey skies that I see from my window just now. I want to be back on the road - preferably somewhere tropical.
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9 years ago, February 14th 2005 No: 9 Msg: #1259  
No doubt about my favourite blog - Aspiring Nomad's. This guy could have a future as a travel writer, and I'm particularly interested as I'm planning a very similar trip this summer.

Also, Sken Like A Ribble Fluke's - I don't know, I just love the whole overland thing Reply to this

9 years ago, February 14th 2005 No: 10 Msg: #1263  
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ChrisHughes and Stuart - another couple of overlanders.

There is a romance surrounding the overland adenture. I think it's the whole making the journey as much a part of the adventure as the destinations. Maybe the "80 days around the world" thing - no air travel mentality.

Air travel is such a shortcut, the world can seem so small at times, in these days of near instant global communication; The epic overland journey is one way to truely appreciate the vastness of the world. Maybe that's part of the attraction. Reply to this

9 years ago, February 15th 2005 No: 11 Msg: #1272  
Hi Ali, I agree 100% - you might be interested in this piece from Paul Theroux's 'Dark Star Sfari'

"What was I doing? Making progress, I felt. Proceeding from the shore of the Mediterranean, via the Pillars of Hercules, by degrees, deeper into Africa. Travel is transition, and at its best it is a journey from home, a setting forth. I hated parachuting into a place. I needed to be able to link one place to another. One of the problems I had with travel in general was the ease with which a person could be transported so swiftly from the familiar to the strange, the moon-shot whereby the New York office worker, say, is insinuated overnight into the middle of Africa to gape at gorillas. That was just a way of feeling foreign. The other way, going slowly, crossing national frontiers, scuttling past razor wire with my bag and my passport, was the best way of being reminded that there was a relationship between Here and There, and that a travel narrative was the story of There and Back."

Sorry for the long extract, but it's so relevant in the blogs we have mentioned.

My planned trip is alarmingly similar to Aspiring Nomads. I was planning Central Asia, then found this site, and his blog, while he was in Uzbekistan. I started thinking about Bangladesh, then what do you know, he's there. It was always in my head to go to the Andamans, and guess what? He got there first. I'm worried when I start my blog in July, it'll be very similar, although I am planning a slightly different route. Reply to this

9 years ago, February 16th 2005 No: 12 Msg: #1275  
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> Paul Theroux's 'Dark Star Sfari'

Gonna have to get hold of a copy - you're the second person to recommend it recently.

> I'm worried when I start my blog in July, it'll be very similar, although I am planning a slightly different route.

Same places, different adventures, different people, different time - your blog will be unique - and your journey will be fantastic! who knows where aspiringnomad will be by then...

Damn - I have to get on the road again :) I'm gonna start making plans.... Reply to this

9 years ago, February 16th 2005 No: 13 Msg: #1279  
I'd also like to add that I'm disappointed Sasha has stopped updating his blog - I believe he's our only blogger to have reported from Afghanistan. Reply to this

9 years ago, February 16th 2005 No: 14 Msg: #1280  
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Some people weren't too impressed with Sasha and his blogs from what I remember admin'ing the comments. Maybe he just didn't want to deal with it anymore... or maybe he's without access or time to blog. Hope he gets back on it. Reply to this

9 years ago, February 16th 2005 No: 15 Msg: #1282  
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I'm a little concerned for Sasha - posting "I'm in an area that everyone says is dangerous but it's fine" - then nothing - not even login... Reply to this

9 years ago, February 16th 2005 No: 16 Msg: #1290  
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True... there is that too. I'd imagine some kind of reachout from someone that cares for him if that was the case. Someone back home must be reading, and keeping in touch one way or another. Reply to this

9 years ago, February 27th 2005 No: 17 Msg: #1342  
Guys, I can't make head nor tail of 'Simon Says' - One minute he's in Malaysia, then Indonesia, then back to Malaysia.....any ideas? Reply to this

9 years ago, February 27th 2005 No: 18 Msg: #1345  
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I think Simon Says added most of the entries in bulk - back dating them - possible that he's made a few mistakes with the dates... basically I'm not sure either. Reply to this

9 years ago, March 1st 2005 No: 19 Msg: #1360  
Just mail 'Simon Says' and ask him; He's a friend I met in Baku - and the guy I was with in Tashkent, Uzbekistan: journal title 'Mollifying the Melancholy"!
Some of his entries are a little cryptic but fantastically well written in my opinion.

...and as for Theroux; despite the fact that he's not the most adventurous traveller in my opinion, and the situations he describes are fairly run of the mill, he writes so damn well that reading his books are still exciting and allow you to virtually live the journey with him. Especially if you've visited some of the places he writes about - the undisputed master.

If you have the book 'Dark Star Safari' available Conor maybe you could find the quote where he talks about travel writing being banal if everyone simply writes about how 'nice' everything is.

Jason.
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9 years ago, March 1st 2005 No: 20 Msg: #1363  
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> despite the fact that he's not the most adventurous traveller in my opinion

;) - from the most adventurous traveller on travelblog... had to put a disclaimer on the highlight! I'll hold my opinion on Theroux till I've read some - he's probably more adventurous than me.

> travel writing being banal if everyone simply writes about how 'nice' everything is

Totally agree with that - but you will get comments saying how much you suck because you didn't like such n such a town (speaking from personal experience). Reply to this

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