Friday, 30 December 2011

From Ban Bangbao to Ko Wai



In which Paradise has vacancies. 
Starring thonged Russians and a fisherman with murderous intent

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

From Chiang Mai to Ban Bangbao



In which the police fail us, we find ourselves unable to pay for dinner and my filthy travel towel is stolen
Starring drunk tattooed French terrorism enthusiasts 

Friday, 23 December 2011

To Burma and back



In which we nearly go to three countries in one day, but in the end, I can’t be bothered and there is a traumatic incident with a rat.
Starring Nancy the comedienne who kept us all to time and convict masseurs.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Chiang Mai to Pai


In which tea is boiled in a bamboo kettle and we give up on Western food.
Starring a dead dog that Abby got attached to.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Chiang Mai





In which all the dogs wear jumpers, yet another toilet explodes and we have two Thai Bastards
Starring some students who wanted to interview us and a man who sketches on his iPad.



Saturday, 17 December 2011

Kuala Lumpur Part III


In which it becomes clear that one size does not fit all
Starring some American boys who learnt the virtues of marmite




Saturday, 10 December 2011

Kuala Lumpur Part II



In which we go on the craziest taxi journey of our lives
Starring DJ ‘Stella Nutella’
  

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Kota Kinabalu II and Mantanani Island



In which some boys try to steal our fire and I rip up a terrible batik
Starring Sprout who is dramatically injured in battle

Saturday, 3 December 2011

To Tawau and back again



In which the Indonesian Embassy run out of stickers
Starring Noel who didn’t really know anyone after all and Chris who kept mysteriously reappearing.


Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Sepilok to Semporna and Mabul



In which a living room is mistaken for a cafĂ© and Jo’s flipflops go for a walk
Starring Jon, the only Malaysian who can speak Afrikaans and Cody the mask(ed) hero


Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Sandakan to Sepilok


In which Jo gets a hand holding offer on the bus and Cath is robbed in the night.  
Starring Orang-utans who bring their own umbrellas and a boy with a cardboard box full of  kittens

Monday, 21 November 2011

From Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan


In which I nearly wash my hands in the soup
Starring Adnessa who saved us from the rain




Sunday, 20 November 2011

Kota Kinabalu to the Kinabantangan River


In which we get stuck in the mud and go adrift on a river of mosquitoes
Starring monkeys that catch crabs with their tails



Friday, 18 November 2011

Kota Kinabalu



In which we eat more seafood than is strictly healthy and spend too many nights listening to bad bands.
Starring Mr Ben, the hee-haw man and Phineas Fogg

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Melaka to Singapore


In which we stay in a pigsty
Starring two Australian naval officers who had an unfortunate but unsurprising fireworks accident

Monday, 14 November 2011

Kuala Lumpur to Melaka




In which we are invited to dance by a man in camouflage trousers.


Starring Master Ho, a Kungfu genius who punched his index finger through a coconut, Mr Universe and two quantum physicists (theoretical).


Saturday, 12 November 2011

Penang to Kuala Lumpur


In which we do some serious glampacking at the Sheraton and Cath gets cake for her birthday (against all the odds)
Starring two crazy New Yorkers and a cab driver who doesn't allow kissing


Thursday, 10 November 2011

Langkawi to Penang


In which a bus goes on diversion to take me to my stop
Starring a Malaysian cowboy and his hotpant-ed girlfriend.



Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Krabi to Langkawi





In which I overstay my welcome in Thailand

Starring a one armed plant pot and a Saudi Arabian in a Hawaiian suit


Saturday, 5 November 2011

Koh Phi Phi


In which we discover the best way to approach a sleeping shark and my Mom and I do the limbo under a burning pole

Starring Joey the RayBan wearing boatman who didn’t want to talk about the Tsunami.


Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Railay Beach, Krabi


In which ‘time for relax’ becomes a marketable itinerary item
Starring Tarzan: King of the Baboons

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Khao Sok National Park



In which I share my bungalow with a bat and am attacked by a crab

Starring Pepsi, a dancing elephant who answered to his name and the world’s most well rocked baby

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Bangkok


In which things go all ‘Hotel California’ and we’re grateful for lax safety legislation  


Starring my parents who exhaust me in a sightseeing frenzy and puppets that require three people to manoeuvre them.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Siem Reap


In which a bicycle tyre bursts and three pairs of shoes are sacrificed to the flood.

Starring a 22yr old marine with a keen sense of irony and a waitress who made no apologies to Vietnam.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Phnom Penh



In which we hear how an entire city was emptied in three days
Starring Abby Stables!


Saturday, 15 October 2011

4000 Islands to Sihanoukville



In which the terrible, terrible waves, sink a boat.
Starring bare chested fire jugglers.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Vientiane to the 4000 Islands


In which I narrowly avoid getting a fine for illegal bicycle parking.
Starring an extremely shy American who might have thought I was stalking him.  

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Luang Prabang



In which I am compared (unfavourably) to an elephant
Starring Mayoung whose child I definitely wasn’t killing




Friday, 30 September 2011

Kunming to Luang Prabang





In which a tyre explodes and an elephant is narrowly missed
And starring a lawyer with very stinky feet













Sunday, 25 September 2011

Tiger Leaping Gorge & Lijang

In which there is an itinerary mutiny.
Starring an orchestra who nap between songs.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Dali, Shaxi and Shangri-La




In which I become a tourist attraction.
Starring a little old lady who hands out pears that taste like apples.






Sunday, 18 September 2011

Pingyao to Xian and then Kunming



In which muddy warriors are tirelessly resisted.
Starring an expert in Chinese Medicine who taught me how to say ‘I don’t understand’











Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Beijing to Pingyao



In which we learn that happiness comes before love.
Starring Anna Ergova, master tea buyer.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Ulaanbataar to Beijing





In which the entire train (with us in it) is lifted into the air
Starring a girl who had taught herself English




Irkutsk to Ulaanbataar






In which it takes 7 hours to travel 20kms
Starring a persistent temple keeper who demanded to see flesh







Sunday, 4 September 2011

Irkutsk and Lake Baikal




In which we get whipped with birch leaves
Starring the Decembrist’s wives

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Suzdal to Moscow





In which a coin is not a coin
Starring participants in the Kremlin International Queuing Competition. 







Friday, 26 August 2011

St Petersburg to Suzdal



In which the monks and nuns dig tunnels under the river to get at one another
And starring a deceased bee




Tuesday, 23 August 2011

St Petersburg Weddings

In which money litters the street
And starring meringue toting brides

Peterhof

In which no one is really tricked
And starring idiots


Helsinki to St Petersburg



In which a visit is made to a very posh prison and a boat engine catches fire.
And starring Anastasia and an extremely fat American








Friday, 19 August 2011

Tallinn to Helsinki



In which £9 is paid for a single glass of house wine
And starring a Finnish choir of 200 singers





Thursday, 18 August 2011

Riga to Tallinn





In which a hotel lives up to its name
And starring Claire, Catherine and Jen








Monday, 15 August 2011

Vilnius to Riga




In which Poetic Roboticism is explained and some social flotsam washes up.
And starring Nicholaj whose name changed with independence and Rose an Olympic athlete who took part in the 1948 London Games.
 



Thursday, 11 August 2011

Warsaw to Vilnius




In which a marching band refused to yield
And starring a man with an enormous pink bucket in the middle of a forest




Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Cologne to Warsaw




In which no corners are cut, leeches appear in tins and the water of St Stanislaus is tainted.
And starring three inflatable Smurfs and a racist Brit








Saturday, 6 August 2011

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

London to Brussels

In which a decision tree changes everything
Starring Catherine Potten, Rocky & Rudy!