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July 3rd, 2008

In case you don’t know, the posts on our blog lag behind reality somewhat. Instead of chaining ourselves to cybercafes as we travel–in fact, Internet doesn’t even exist in many of the places we go–we upload a batch of blog posts and pictures every week or two from our laptop to the software running this […]

What are YOU doing?

June 25th, 2008

Claire and I often wonder what you (yes, YOU; our friends and family) are doing right now. Why not cheer us up by leaving a quick comment below letting us know how you are and what you’re up to? (It’ll only take a few seconds, I promise!)

A is for Africa… and for Apprehension

May 27th, 2008

We’ve spent the last month of our journey back in the glorious United Kingdom. I (daveb) have spent most of my time in South Wales with family and friends, albeit with a short interlude in London to catch-up with more people and sort out our visas for Tanzania. Claire, on the other hand, has been […]

Making money while travelling?

April 29th, 2008

I’m back in the UK and enjoying a well deserved rest in-between Morocco and continuing planning for our sub-Saharan African adventure. Rather than eat chewing gum for the mind, I’m turning my thoughts towards ways of making money while travelling to help us continue to fund our trip. When I originally put this Website together, […]

Africa is big

April 28th, 2008

Allow me to humiliate myself by stating the obvious: Africa is big. I’ve just looked our month-long route in Morocco on a map of Africa (top left blue line on the map above, for those of us that are geographically-challenged). After that I’ve sketched our our planned route for the next leg of our trip; […]

Morocco: More hassle than it’s worth?

April 25th, 2008

We’ve now arrived back in the UK after spending a month in Morocco. Before turning our minds to the planning of our ‘proper’ sub-Saharan Africa trip, I thought I’d take a moment to sum-up my views on Morocco, as we experienced it. Note these are my views only and–crucially–not those of Squiffy! I’ll come right […]

The Bucket List: What’s on yours?

April 24th, 2008

I fell ill in El-Jadida and in-between popping antibiotic pills down my throat, Claire and I watched The Bucket List, a film starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman who meet as two dying men who go on write a “Bucket List” (from the expression “to kick the bucket”) containing all the unfulfilled dreams they have […]

UAE stages camel beauty contest

April 2nd, 2008

The BBC writes that the UAE stages camel beauty contest. I shall never look at a camel the same again…

Another reminder that nothing comes for free

January 24th, 2008

I made a trip home recently to see my family and sort out a few logistical things. On my way to the UK, at Murcia airport, I was asked the standard question “Do you have any liquids in your hand luggage?”. I showed them my pot of lip balm and they waved me on my […]

Italians drink too much coffee

November 15th, 2007

(Here’s an entry that we forgot to post in Italy!) It’s impossible to get a ‘normal’ coffee in Italy. Ask for ‘coffee’ and you get espresso. Ask for ‘coffee with milk’ and you get an espresso with a dash of milk. Requesting a ‘latte’ gets you a glass of hot milk with no coffee. The […]