Tinker And Laura

Tink And Laura

Tinker And Laura

Welcome to our travel blogs! These blogs are written to share our experiences travelling around the world to friends, family and blog readers from around the world. Take your time and have a good read! We've split the blogs into the following trips:

India (2008) - A month long trip from north to south travelling to Shimla, Delhi, Agra, Pushkar, Jaipur, Mumbai, Goa and Kerala.

South America (2009) - A month long trip to Peru and Bolivia visiting Lima, Arequipa, Puno, La Paz, Custco and Puerto Maldonado.

South Korea (2010-2011) - A year teaching as a Native English Teacher in Boeun at the heart of South Korea.

Japan (2011) - A two week holiday to Japan visiting Fukuoka, Osaka, Tokyo, Hakuba, Kyoto and Hiroshima.

The Philippines (2011) - A week long summer break to the beautiful island of Siargao in The Philippines.

Central America (2012) - A three month voyage through Central America starting and ending in Panama. Join us as we ventured up through Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras before looping back around via Guatemala, El Salvador and the countries that we'd previously visited!

Europe » Austria » Vienna October 13th 2018

Dear Blog Readers, It’s been an uncomfortably long time without a blog, and an uncomfortably low number of requests for an update. However, perseverance is the secret to all triumphs so settle in for a whistle-stop tour of a wonderful summer in Vienna! The sweltering heat of Japan and Korea acclimatized us well for the summer heat of central Europe. On one of my wanders around Oberdobling, I stumbled across the beautiful Turkenshanz Park which is worth a trip out of the city centre to see. It has a fantastic lake with huge fountains and an old lookout post in the centre. Sky now has exclusivity of the Austrian Bundesliga football, so we were treated to go and see the opening game of the season – Austria Vienna vs Innsbruck. Prior to the game, we stopped ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongbuk-do July 14th 2018

Dear Blog Readers, Our new-found sumo wrestling knowledge made the footage of the latest Grand Sumo on the ferry back to Korea much more interesting! Once shored in Busan, we headed straight to the station and picked up our suitcases from the luggage storage there – highly recommended to save lugging around everything and only about £5 a day. It was the return of trying to find something that we wanted as we fancied getting some of our favourite Chinese food in Korea – jajamyeong and tansuyuk! It took about half an hour to find a restaurant in downtown Busan…I swear there is normally one every other restaurant! The food was superb and worth the find! We had a nice wander around the city in the evening and Laura found a place to buy some trainer-socks ... read more

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto July 9th 2018

Dear Blog Readers, Leaving Hakone was a breeze considering what we’d been through trying to get out of Tokyo a couple of days before. To catch our bullet train, we needed to get the rush hour subway at 7:30am to the central station. Ladened with our bags and suitcases, we started queuing for the next train. My only prior horrendous rush hour commuting experience was waiting for 6 tubes at Waterloo and City before being packed into the carriage. I guess we were probably about the same distance from the train this time around…however, once the doors opened, the scramble to get inside began. Once the doors started to close, a guard suddenly appeared, arms flung wide, he proceeded to physically heave another 10 people, us included, onto the coach. Packed like sardines doesn’t do it ... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo July 5th 2018

Dear Blog Readers, A part of our soul was left in Seoul eight years ago when our amazing year teaching English in Boeun came to an end. We managed to come back about four years ago and the heartstrings of South-East Asia pulled us back for a wonderful couple of weeks spending time in both Japan and Korea. Given we only booked the flights a couple of months ago, we managed to get returns from Heathrow to Korea for £555 with Qatar. Setting off from Vienna back to London for a night followed by a short stop in Doha en route and we were soon touching down in Incheon at about midnight. Given how everything in Korea seems to be open 24 hours a day, we have always found it odd that the one place which ... read more

Europe » Austria » Vienna June 29th 2018

Dear Blog Readers, Has a month gone by so quickly? I'm making a habit of writing these blogs on flights back to Blighty...this time making the mistake of booking the flight exactly as the England (B Team) kick off against the Belgians. The pilot has yet to provide an update other than the flight time and the weather expected at Heathrow...disappointing. So where do we pick this up from? We had a marvellous week away in Trisant with Rob and Meg. The highlight being an expertly caught fish on the infamously difficult Glandwgan lake...which involved me holding the rod between my legs as I took my jacket off in the sunshine to suddenly see the tip of it shaking vigorously. It was also cracking to see our regular 'neighbours' on holiday, expert angler Adrian and his ... read more

Europe » Austria » Vienna May 25th 2018

Dear Blog Readers, Nearly two months have passed as I sit on my first flight back to Blighty since moving to Vienna. No, I haven't had enough already - it is our annual trout fishing holiday to Wales coming up with Rob & Meg...only problem is I've left my new holiday hat back at the airport (it was replacing the infamous Panama hat bought in Panama and made in China). Enough of going back to England, let's talk about Austria! An opportunity came up at work to go on secondment to the commercial finance team in Vienna for Sky Austria. At the end of March, a whirlwind month went by where we bought and moved into a new flat before I was whisked away and moved into a serviced apartment on the outskirts of the city ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík December 10th 2017

Dear Blog Readers, I knew three things about Iceland before visiting: 1. It's bloody expensive 2. It has an unpronounceable volcano that exploded in 2010 meaning we 'annoyingly' had to extend our stay in the south of France by two weeks on holiday 3. Their football team puts ours to shame So I suppose it was time to find out more about this place. The flights were cheap (£200 for both of us) but forgot about getting a checked bag included...there gone £50. Number 1 above already coming to fruition. We landed in Keflavik just before midnight and found our hire car place (Green Motion) and soon settled into our Ford Fiesta which would become our second home for the next few days. Just outside the capital city, Reykjavik, sat our hotel (Kieunes) which we managed ... read more

Europe » Belgium » West Flanders » Bruges October 20th 2017

Dear Blog Readers, Finally taking advantage of a cracking Christmas gift to use the Eurostar and scope out locations for a sequel to a cult movie, we were going to have a few days in Bruges. It was an early start but the authentic French cafe just outside the check in area set us up nicely with a petit dejeuner. It was authentic enough, although I’d have preferred the waiter to at least throw the cutlery down onto our table rather than place it softly. Check in was straightforward and we were on the train in no time and already asleep within half an hour. Next stop Brussels where we had a 20 minute wait before the Belgian Rail train rolled in an took us through the countryside to Bruges an hour later. It was early ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem June 23rd 2017

Dear Blog Readers, Alarm clocks were set and breakfast was chowed down to make it out of the hotel for 8am. The plan was to get to the Western Wall as early as we could in order to beat the queues to head up onto the Temple Mount above it - one of the most sacred place for Muslims and Jews in the world. For it was here that the large slab of rock under the golden Dome of the Rock is where Muslims believe Mohammed made his ascent and where Jews believe Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son. Once we paved through the old city, we cut across the area of the Western Wall and were surprised to find no queues. The security guard there just shook his head and said, "Ramadan". Damn! After a ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Jaffa June 21st 2017

Dear Blog Readers, Today's breakfast contribution came from 'salad dressing woman' sat next to us. Once coiffed, we packed our bags for a day in Tel Aviv. First stop was filling the hire car with petrol (more expensive than back home at £1.30/litre). Amazingly, we had a sprinkling of rain on the way into the city centre! Once the car was dropped off, having tried to get another $15 out of me unsuccessfully, we got the tram to the bus station. Our attempt to get a hat-trick of modes of transport was successful as we were soon on a full bus to Tel Aviv. The traffic was pretty bad but it took just over an hour and the bus was fairly comfortable but minimal leg room for my lanky legs. We hopped on a local bus ... read more

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