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Days adrift.  Click here to see our best and worst experiences so far.
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Bus, train and taxi rides.  Click here to see all posts relating to transport. (56 posts)
185
Miles walked.  Click here to see all posts relating to walking and trekking. (43 posts)
581
Countries visited.  Click here to see what we think of them. (14 posts)
15
Number of species spotted.  Click here to go to our wildlife page.
1157
Photos taken.  Click here to go to the photo gallery. (88 posts)
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Rainy days.  Click here to find posts relating to the weather. (48 posts)
63
Number of times scammed.  Click here to read all about it!  (2 posts)
1
Otters spotted.  Click here to go to our website about otters: amblonyx.com
45
 
...two travellers in search of the world's wildlife

You've stumbled on the blog of Matthew and Maureen, who travelled around the world for a year between July 2010 and July 2011.

We had a year of wonder, wildlife and a modest amount of adventure! Now we're back but we're still travellers at heart and will record all our journeys here.



 

Comment in The local food problem

by dee on 18/04/15
Actually in Croatia, in the coastal area, people do eat a lot of fish combined with vegetable like Swiss chord, as much as it maybe seams weird :) But, I see what's your point, it's really hard to find genuine local place anywhere in the world without getting to know locals, which can be hard in short time.

Comment in Hungary?

by Lukas on 13/10/14
Thank you for the review on Cafe Vian, glad you enjoyed the place and food!

Comment in A guide to staying at Sirena ranger station, Corcovado

by shortclaws on 14/03/14
Hi Cristian, sorry for the delay in replying. If you have organised a guide/tour for your trip to Corcovado, then ask them about tents. If you are travelling independently to visit Corcovado then you must bring your own tent. In fact, you must bring everything you need. Bottles of water are the only things for sale at[...]

Comment in A guide to staying at Sirena ranger station, Corcovado

by Cristian on 24/02/14
Hi there. Thanks for sharing this excellent information in there with all of us who dream of visiting Corcovado. I'm going there in April, but I'm confused. Do I need to bring my own tent or do they have tents available to hire there, meaning I don't have to carry my own.. Thanks! Cristian

Comment in The local food problem

by shortclaws on 13/11/13
Hi James and Giulia! You live in Singapore? Lucky you! It was definitely one of our top-three favourite cities on our trip around the world. We do still update this website, but since we are not travelling we only update it when we go on trips. So the next update will be: Costa Rica, this winter, where we have a chan[...]

Comment in The local food problem

by James and Giulia on 12/11/13
Hi Matthew and Maureen, We live in Singapore and, like you, we also love otters. We stumbled across your fantastic blog a few months ago and it has given us many ideas for planning our own trips to visit otters around the world. However, it makes us very sad that you no longer update this wonderful website. Please w[...]

Comment in South America budget update

by Jami on 03/10/13
Hello, Would you be able to provide the name of where you hired the used car in Ecuador from? We are looking for a similar option and am having troubles. Thank you and happy travels!

Comment in Images of Bali

by shortclaws on 17/05/13
Yes, we had a little waterproof camera. It wasn't good enough for professional looking photos, but at least we were able to have some memories of the colourful world under the water! We were at Pemuteran, yes. We didn't get to Padang Bai, but our favourite trip was to the far east of Bali - the Amed coast. We did so[...]

Comment in Images of Bali

by Malcolm on 16/05/13
Have enjoyed looking through your shots from Bali...I guess you dive and took the underwaterphotographs yourself? Which reefs did you dive? (I was down at Pemeturan and Blue Lagoon & the Channel, just off Padang Bai last February) regards, Malcolm

Comment in Wildlife

by Harker on 10/04/13
Those before me have expesserd my thoughts exactly! What I love about your pictures is that they are not simply pictures of otters or eagles or herons, etc. They are pictures that catch the essence of the animal .to see the fur segmented because of the current swim and seeing the drops of water flying in the air from[...]



 

Rampaging badgers

Monday, April 24th, 2017

3 April 2017 Today was a classic car touring day, and the weather remained warm and sunny for it. It’s worth noting that we’re being ridiculously lucky. The normal average temperature in Slovakia at the end of March is 9 degrees, and the spring weather is as wet and changeable as it is in England. » » »


First (only?) snow of the year!

Monday, April 24th, 2017

2 April 2017 There’s been no snow at all in Cheltenham this year. Or if there was a sprinkle, none of it settled. So the snow-capped Tatra mountains were an irresistable draw. Poor breakfast at Hotel U Leva – we’ll find a cafe tomorrow. And then we were into the car and on our way. » » »


Splendid Spis spermophiles

Monday, April 24th, 2017

1 April 2017 Thoroughly recommend our hotel in Kosice – the Bristol. Lovely rooms, totally central, very good breakfast. Though they do a stupid thing where each person gets their own (tiny) single duvet, which is just weird and inconvenient. Anyway, after a fresh stroll around the middle of Kosice to admire it in the » » »


Welcome to Slovakia

Monday, April 24th, 2017

31 March 2017 Slovakia, the country that tourist guidebooks forgot. None of the major guidebook publishers produces a book on Slovakia, although some of them did up to a few years ago (when they presumably decided that being complete-ist wasn’t cost-effective). Generally you find they have a book covering eastern Europe with a single slender » » »


Farewell La Gomera

Friday, January 20th, 2017

14th January 2017 Home today, not much to say. One more tasty breakfast at Casa los Herreras, one more time we turned the bread, cheese and ham into a sandwich for our lunch (much easier than faffing with local supermarkets, our breakfasts were so large we could always use half of it as our hiking » » »


On the edge of the land

Friday, January 20th, 2017

13th January 2017 Last hike on La Gomera! And the weather, which has been so strange and variably wonderful throughout the week, has reset back to day one: clear blue skies overhead, the odd poofy cloud, but a haze upon the sea that means Tenerife and 4km high El Teide isn’t even visible a few » » »


These mist covered mountains

Friday, January 20th, 2017

12 January 2017 It rained in the night. This morning we see a new side of La Gomera’s weather – it’s overcast, with plenty of mist and the occasional drizzle of rain. It’s even cloudy over the south western Valle Gran Rey, which is where we had settled on for today’s hike. We started up » » »


The owl of Chipude

Friday, January 20th, 2017

11 January 2017 Yesterday I really buggered up my knee on the downhill slog, so the plan today was to explore by car and maybe find a short and easy walk along the way to keep us exercised. Hmm… four hours is I suppose not very short, but since it only climbed 450m it certainly » » »