11 Jul 2014
in Adventure, Education & Schooling, Family Gap Year, General, Looking Back, Photos, Top Experiences
Tags: Asia, Australia, Bali, Cambodia, China, going home, India, Japan, New Zealand, Pacific Ocean, second gap year, South East Asia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Vanuatu, Vietnam
11th July 2014. We’ve been two years on the road – 104 weeks, or 730 days – where has it gone?!!
Celebrating two years on the road with a ‘cake’ in the Barbie Cafe and a supper at Flavours restaurant, Taipei
And now we’re embarking on Year 3 …. But only for a month, then we’ll be home, which we all have mixed feelings about! Can’t wait to see all our friends and family, enjoy some home comforts and we’re pretty happy about enjoying (hopefully) a pleasant British summertime. More
24 Mar 2014
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Tags: Maafushi, Maldives, Male, Vilimale, Villingili
February 2014. We arrive in the Maldives, our 22nd country, from Sri Lanka on our 45th flight, and celebrate our 18 month travelling milestone.
So we’re not going to be able to brag about our light carbon footprint – it’s a long old way around this globe and with low cost airlines luring us to take more trips to explore more new places never on our original itinerary, More
23 Mar 2014
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Tags: hikkaduwa, Kandy, Kandy Guest House, mirissa, Sri lanka, Uduwalawa
We hadn’t thought to include Sri Lanka in our plans, but when we realised it was a good place to apply for Indian visas and we could take a cheap flight from Kuala Lumpur and head on to Southern India, whilst hopefully meeting with our friends from Penang who had put us up for 10 days in December. We booked our flight and then discovered our Bali friends were on the same flight too!
The early morning wake up, the sad but quick goodbyes with Oma, and our departure from KL is thankfully appeased by the excitement of seeing the Pearces at the airport and trading seats to be with friends on the plane.
23 Mar 2014
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Tags: Borneo, Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Mari Mari Cultural Village, Nak Hotel, Orang-utan, Orangutan, Petronas Towers, Rasa Ria Orangutan Sanctuary, Sabah, Sandakan, Sepilok
First to Borneo…
After a second month-long stay in Bali we are all too soon saying goodbye to friends again, and flying off, this time, to Sabah, the more easterly state of Malaysian Borneo for 6 days. This was a fairly last minute plan, partly because the flights were ridiculously cheap and partly to see if Borneo lives up to the exotic jungle destination it’s cracked up to be!
Adventures on the Kinabantangan river, Sabah
Having seen orang-utans in Sumatra, now we would see them in Borneo, the only other place in the world where orang-utans survive in the wild. Hopefully we will see other wildlife too! The epilogue in the book we’re reading together ‘Running Wild’, written in 2005, about orang-utans being hunted and losing their jungle to palm plantations, suggests that they could be almost extinct by 2014 given their reducing
numbers. Thankfully recent research shows that number were not quite so low as estimated at that time but nonetheless, they remain critically endangered and their numbers continue to be reduced.
23 Mar 2014
in Education & Schooling, Family Gap Year, Foodie Central, Kids Stuff, Top Experiences, Volunteering
Tags: Amed, Bali, Bali Asli, Bali Treetops, Indonesia, Jodie o Shea, Kue, Lovina, Penestanan, Ubud
We fly back to Bali from Singapore because we loved it so much a month ago and decided it was worth looping back for Christmas and New Year and seeing more of the friends we enjoyed our time with on the last trip! We have a relaxed 3 weeks in the most glorious villa we’ve rented near Ubud.
The beautiful villa and beautiful Balinese friends who look after it, and us. Here is Angel explaining to Erika the offerings she’s placing around our home, Lara helps Kadek clean the pond with Angel’s little boy and Kadek helps Ben figure out how to design and build a kite:)
Tucked away down a small ‘gang’ or alley in the midst of rice paddies, in the village of Penestanan, with three wonderful staff looking after us – Angel, our housekeeper, Kadek our gardener and Wayan our security guy who is around the premises all night every night.
22 Mar 2014
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Tags: Flat Stanley, Malaysia, Oma, Penang, Singapore, Travelling friends, Universal Studios
We arrive in Penang, north west Malaysia from Sumatra, Indonesia…
It’s the middle of December. Our main reason for coming to Penang is the chance for a quick stop to meet with five or six other travelling families who we’ve met ‘on line’, shared experiences and tips and enjoyed each other’s blogs. And thanks to another super cheap Air Asia flight!
Families on the Move meet up in Penang. It’s fantastic to meet up and get to know other crazy families like us who are living the dream and so nice for the kids to make friends with other kids doing the same as them!
We are invited to stop a night or two with one family and have so much fun together we end up staying ten. Lara gets to be a bossy big sister to the twins Max and Sebastian, who amazingly, let her get away with it!
21 Mar 2014
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Tags: Bukit Lawang, Grand Aston City Hall, Indonesia, Medan, Orangutan, Sumtra, Tangkahan
You’ve maybe seen the highlights of our busy December travels through Sumatra, Malaysia, Singapore and back to Bali in our Christmas update….. but these places and adventures deserve their own telling and photos… I’ve been working on a series of catch up blogs for our travels around Asia. This is the first.
Posing with our elephant friends after a morning of scrubbing and showering each other!
When I started compiling this series of catch up posts, we’d just hit our 18 month travelling milestone and two days later we were taking our 46th flight and arriving in our 23rd country – India! But that’s a few posts further down the line!
Clearly we’re not winning any awards for our light carbon footprint over the last 3 months!
30 Dec 2013
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Tags: Chile, Easter Island, Isla De Pascua, Moai, pacific island hopping, Pacific Ocean, Rapa Nui
Easter Island sunset
We arrive in Easter island from Santiago on our first of many hops (well leaps) across the Pacific on our way to Australia and Asia. 3700km off mainland Chile, a 6 hour flight, part of Chile, Spanish name Isla de Pascua, indigenous name Rapa Nui, the same name given to the indigenous Polynesian population and local language.The population of 6700 live in the one peaceful, pretty town of Hanga Nui – with one main street and a handful of shops and cafes, mostly Rapa Nui people, though an increasing number of mainland Chilean people have settled here too. .
16 Dec 2013
in Family Gap Year, Top Experiences, Travelling
Tags: Chile, Chilean Fjords, Navimag, Patagonia, Puerto Montt, Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas, South America
Map of Chile (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Finally, the last instalments of our nine months in South America are ready to share, as we hot foot it back to Santiago from the deep south. With around 3000km to travel two thirds of the length of the most slender country in the world through fjords, volcanoes, lakes and national parks flanked by the Pacific and the Andes, and with a plane to catch in just over two weeks that we`re keen not to to alter for a third time!
This is Part One – in which we bus overland from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales then cruise on the Navimag ferry through the Chilean fjords to Puerto Montt…..
We arrive back from the Falklands to Punta Arenas in Chile’s deep south Patagonia on the day before Easter. The children would have loved the flight to have been cancelled again as it was on the way out as we would have got `stuck` in the Falklands for Easter Sunday, but it wasn’t to be! .
Views from Navimag, day 2, cruising through the Chilean fjords
01 Dec 2013
in Family Gap Year, Top Experiences
Tags: Ayung River, Bali, earthquake, Green School, Indonesia, Sumatra, Ubud
The Clark family are still alive …. And we’ve just enjoyed an amazing month in Bali and now we’re in Sumatra…
Royal funeral ‘celebrations’ in Ubud’s streets
Our Asian adventure is still just beginning but it feels as if we’re on the home straight! Last week we reached 500 days of travelling More