21 Aug
Days adrift.  Click here to see our best and worst experiences so far.
Number of flights.  Click here to go to the itinerary page.
Bus, train and taxi rides.  Click here to see all posts relating to transport. (56 posts)
Miles walked.  Click here to see all posts relating to walking and trekking. (43 posts)
Countries visited.  Click here to see what we think of them. (14 posts)
Number of species spotted.  Click here to go to our wildlife page.
Photos taken.  Click here to go to the photo gallery. (91 posts)
Rainy days.  Click here to find posts relating to the weather. (49 posts)
Number of times scammed.  Click here to read all about it!  (2 posts)
Otters spotted.  Click here to go to our website about otters: amblonyx.com
...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.


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by Miss Footloose on 01/12/17
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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.

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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[...]

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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

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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[...]


Roaming Rome

Monday, May 21st, 2018

4-7 May 2018 And so we drove our little Fiat Panda back to Bari, and then took the train across the mountainous spine of Italy to Rome. Here we met Tim and Nessa and Lopa, and settled down to three days of exploring and dining in the Eternal City. The centre of Rome really is » » »

Rainy day in Puglia

Monday, May 21st, 2018

3 May 2018 When we opened the front door this morning it was grey and pouring with rain. So we grabbed our most waterproof stuff and squelched into the town square to find a cafe for breakfast. The rain was even heavier by the time we got on the outside of a chocolate-filled croissant and » » »

Trulli lovely

Monday, May 21st, 2018

2 May 2018 Did I mention how amazing Matera is? It was still amazing this morning. There aren’t many breakfast views more stunning than this. I took more photos. More and more. We finally left, to drive around the other side of the gorge and explore the rock-cut churches among the grass and wild flowers. » » »

Matera is awesome

Monday, May 21st, 2018

1 May 2018 We’re in a different world. The price of everything has doubled. Food and drink options have become plentiful and sensible. Cars and pedestrians vaguely follow some kind of rules. We’re in Italy! Actually, I’m ashamed to admit I seem to have become infected by Albanian driving norms, and I’ve been driving our » » »


Monday, May 21st, 2018

30 April 2018 Final day in Albania, and we were now wandering up the Ionian coast. Seen from the cliffside road, the sea really is as wine-dark as Homer claimed. Our first stop was Ali Pasha’s castle, on a tiny causeway-connected island in a bay. This famous despot and acquaintance of Lord Byron had dogged » » »

Classic day

Monday, May 21st, 2018

29 April 2018 Today was a classic. Gjirokaster in the morning, exploring the old citadel above the town and then one of the Ottoman town houses that are so iconic, with their roofs of random limestone slates piled up without mortar. The whole visit was brought more to life by having read Ismael Kadare’s “Chronicles » » »

Albanians are nuts

Monday, May 21st, 2018

28 April 2018 Congrats Albania, you have the maddest drivers in Europe, by a long chalk. And I’ve driven in France, Spain, Madiera, Italy, Sweden, Malta, Crete, Turkey and Romania so I’ve got some comparisons. The fact that we’ve driven past two horrific looking accidents on our first day is also very telling. The blanket » » »

Tirana, Albania

Monday, May 21st, 2018

27 April 2018 I rather like Tirana. It’s quite hard to say why. There’s nothing magical or ancient about the city itself, no great historic centre or charming residential neighbourhoods. Drivers and pedestrians mingle on the roads in a sort of dangerous ballet. It’s kinda flat, and the only river running through it looks like » » »