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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. (36 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. (86 posts)
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Rainy days.  Click here to find posts relating to the weather. (47 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[...]



 

Fortress Vlad

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

The Transfagarasan Road

The Transfagarasan Road

13 September 2016

I’m not sure why Top Gear would have voted the Transfagarasan Road the greatest road in the world. Certainly, once you get to the top there are some amazing views back down the twisting … >>


Transylvanian day

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Rasnov castle above the forests

Rasnov castle above the forests

12 September 2016

Wow… we packed a lot in today. We got from Magura all the way to Sibiu via the rustic part of Romania known as the “saxon lands” because saxon peasants were persuaded … >>


Splendid with a side of frustrations

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Forests, fields and hills

Forests, fields and hills

11 September 2016

Villa Hermani is German run and decent lodgings (though, seriously, paying for WiFi?). The one thing we couldn’t do that they specialise in is a visit to a bear hide – just here … >>


Short long day

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Fairytale castle of Peles

Fairytale castle of Peles

10 September 2016

Even though we started out of bed at 6am this morning, all we’ve had time to do in Romania is collect our hire car and drive to our first night’s lodging. We paused … >>


Grey whale again

Monday, June 6th, 2016

8 May 2016

We’ve given pretty short shrift to breakfasts this holiday. A lot of it is due to mammal watching – when you go out super-early in the morning, you generally miss the opportunity for breakfast at your lodgings. … >>


Island fox in socks

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Santa Cruz island fox

Santa Cruz island fox

7 May 2016

The last excursion of our California trip! A day out on Santa Cruz, one of the Channel Islands that lies off the coast near Los Angeles. What’s special about it is a species … >>


Paso Robles wine day

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

More wine!

More wine!

6 May 2016

Much better! More wine! Good wine!

The countryside around Paso Robles is beautiful, rolling green hills and sun-dappled wooded valleys, scattered with vineyards becoming vivid green as the vines grow into the summer. It’s exactly … >>


Townsend’s long-eared bat attack

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Painted flowers in the Pinnacles

Painted flowers in the Pinnacles

5 May 2016

So naturally we had a fairly easy start today. For us, that meant leaving the motel around 9ish. It was a perfectly decent motel, by the way, nothing at all special but … >>