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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Norfolk » Norwich March 19th 2014

Today I phoned Orange to cancel my contract at the end of the current payment period (i.e. April 17th). After that I will be on a pay as you go contract as though it were once again the early 2000s. I bought a brand new, unlocked, totally non-smart phone a couple of weeks ago in preparation for travelling during which I expect the item to undergo various types of duress and didn't want a fancy £200+ portable computer being trashed or nicked in the process. The Nokia 105 doesn't even have a camera, just Snake and Sudoku. When moving from country to country it seemed sensible to have an unlocked phone in order to buy local sim cards so that Erika and I can keep in contact when apart without having to spend an arseload on ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Norfolk » Norwich March 10th 2014

Following the Lovecraft-referenced northern Indian village of Sarnath, there is another otherworldly named region that Erika and I will encounter during our travels: the Darién Gap. It is a 100 mile stretch of marshland on the border between Panama and Columbia, making it an inevitability when moving from North to South America. It is dubbed a "gap" because the Pan-American Highway does not pass through it at all, breaking the otherwise smooth road links between the two continents and thus making land crossing very difficult. From what I can gather the Darién Gap is treacherous not only because of the landscape but also the cartel activity in the region that has resulted in kidnappings and murders. So the safest options to get into South Ame... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Norfolk » Norwich March 3rd 2014

This blog has been set up a little after planning began so this first post will gather together everything that has been done so far, beginning with a rough outline of our route. The first flight has been booked. It leaves Heathrow at 10.30am on Saturday 6th December 2014, flies via Kuwait, and lands at Indira Gandhi International in Delhi at 4.55am the next day. It's going to be a long but no doubt worthwhile flight. There is a part of me that is nervous about this flight because it has been booked via a travel agent called Crystal Travel, which receives variable reviews on the internet. They've contacted me one already about a slight change of flight times however so hopefully that's a good sign of their service and honesty. Last night we booked the ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Norfolk » Norwich September 16th 2013

As dawn broke in Lowestoft it looks like summer has really deserted us as the sky is rather leaden and grey and there is a definite chill in the air as we checked the outside temperature by opening the hotel room window. So long trousers and jersey will be clothing of the day and I think it might be time to consign the sandals and shorts to the suitcase of things we will no longer need on the BBA V2. We are all self contained for breakfast and although we no longer have the microwave we do still have the toaster so toast and jam or peanut butter can still be on the menu for breakfast along with our muesli and yogurt. One thing they tend to skimp on at Travelodge hotels are 3 pin electrical ... read more
Vivid stained glass,Norwich Cathedral
Pedestrian mall,Norwich
The hamlet of Roughton,Norfolk

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Norfolk » Norwich March 20th 2013

Decided after being told it was worthwhile, to head to Norwich. Walked around town, through shops, malls, lanes, parks and found what we thought was the cathedral. It was a cathedral, not THE cathedral. Nonetheless was a good experience even if very cold.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Norfolk March 20th 2013

Well we arrived safe and sound. The Emirates plane ride was fairly bumpy, but sleep was enjoyed as was the myriad amounts of food. The jury is out as to whether Emirates is better than the "Flying Kangaroo". Seats were ok for views but comfort is on par with QANTAS. The trip to Dubai was overnight so not much to see, took off over Glenelg and crossed Eyre Penin between Pt Lincoln and Cowell tracking over Bight then headed up and over Kalgoorlie and then asleep till we were crossing the Maldives in the dark. Dubai is a thriving airport and the number of planes there was uncountable. At least 6 A380s for Emirates - more likely more than 10. Airport is neat, tidy and plenty of action at 6am. Left at about 8.30 for Gatwick ... read more
Dubai Airport 1
Dubai Airport 2
Dubai Airport 3

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Norfolk » Norwich January 12th 2013

Not so many people have been to Norwich,but millions know that Norwich is in Anglia. They wouldn't have looked in an atlas or zoomed into the satellite photos on google earth to know it. Nor would they have had to have paid attention in schoolroom geography lessons. Gazillions know Norwich is in "Anglia" ....because the telly told them every Saturday. Just as we've got the jist about where New York sits because of The Apprentice and cop shows, so the same is true with the English jewel in the incredibly near east. Anglia is a local British television station. Their most renowned telly show of all time (the seventies) was intimately bound with Norwich and was introduced, "Live. From Norwich It's the Quiz of the Week." However, instead of featuring a brash whacky haired Donald Trump ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Norfolk » Cromer August 12th 2012

I've had another brilliant weekend camping. This time we've been in Cromer for 2 nights at a campsite about 20 minutes from the beach. We arrived quite near my bedtime on Friday so I helped daddy put up the tent whilst mummy made dinner then it was time for sleep. Yesterday we walked to the beach in Cromer so that I could build sandcastles and jump the sea waves, though the water was VERY cold! After playing for a while and a stroll around town we headed back to the campsite for lunch and a quick game of football. After that we drove to a local maze and play area. It was such a cool place - there was a maze made of maize (to be honest I wasn't that interested in it but mummy and ... read more
On a seaside ride
Playing in the tent
Bouncing pillows!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Norfolk » Great Yarmouth August 5th 2012

Yesterday mummy and daddy told me that we were going camping again, this time at Hemsby and with nanny and grandad. I had such a fun weekend. Yesterday we played on the beach at Hembsy, where grandad built me two sandcastles to knock down before he broke the spade, and I nearly made nanny jump waves in the sea - but at the last second I decided it looked far too cold! Mummy, daddy, nanny and grandad played crazy golf too but I was made to stay in my buggy :-( I didn't mind really it was good to see them playing, and to laugh at mummy - she was rubbish! Back at the campsite we played football and I chased lots of bubbles that I made everyone blow. After a quick pub meal we went ... read more
About to jump the waves
Building sandcastles
Bubble time (again!)

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Norfolk » Norwich October 8th 2011

Three weeks to go... and sh****ng myself! After three years of plans falling through due to lack of money, unreliable travel companions and probably a subconcious desire to sabotauge because I just knew I wasn't ready, I am FINALLY going to quit the 9 to 5 and get back to basics! So I'm off to Addis Ababa in just over 3 weeks, to work in the city with a travel company and volunteer in an orphanage in my spare time! I intend to stay for 6 months. Talk about jumping in at the deep end! :)... read more

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