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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. (91 posts)
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Rainy days.  Click here to find posts relating to the weather. (49 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 Poor hat

by shortclaws on 17/09/18
Hi there. Alas, we lost track of comments on our blog and didn't realise anyone had left any! So if it's still of any use: of course you are welcome to use the itching monkey. In any event, thanks very much for visiting!

Comment in Poor hat

by Miss Footloose on 01/12/17
Hi! I lived in Indonesia for a few years, but didn't visit the monkey temple, to my regret. I am right now writing a post about itching on my blog and would love to us your photo of the itching money. May I have your permission? I will give credit and link it back to your post.

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

by Flora on 21/11/17
Hello Is tent/meals not taken at the sirena "restaurant" still possible ? I have the feeling that the guide is pushing us to a "package" with all included, and very expensive thank you

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!



 

Flat Baltic

Monday, September 17th, 2018

5 September 2018 In the fifteenth century, at the height of its power, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania held the largest territory in Europe. For a couple of hundred years this little country was one of the big players on the European stage. That’s good going. Our first couple of hours driving through the north » » »


Rural Latvia

Monday, September 17th, 2018

4 September 2018 So we have a speeding ticket. Well, our car rental guy did warn us about the cameras. But I’m at a loss as to how to avoid a ticket, when the signs coming in and out of villages and towns are so… absent. I’ve spent the day trying to very carefully obey » » »


Art Nouveau

Monday, September 17th, 2018

3 September Let me show you the Party Bike. This is a nonsensical thing. Basically, up to ten people sit around a bar on wheels and provide pedal power to move it. The driver steers it. Everyone drinks lots of alcohol. There are special holes cut in the bar to put your drink in so » » »


Sigulda to Riga

Monday, September 17th, 2018

2 September 2018 So of course we visited Sigulda on the day of a massive nationwide cycling event to be held in the little town. Which meant that after visiting the castle and Krimulda, it then took fifteen minutes to get out of the car park as the whole race cycled past, and then we » » »


Canoedeling

Monday, September 17th, 2018

1 September 2018 Today we had a lovely day in Gauja National Park. We started mega-early, before breakfast, with a walk at 7am. Over the hill beyond the apple orchard there’s a wood-cloaked valley where the Amata River flows, and there’s a good trail right along its length. So we tramped through sunny woodlands with » » »


Neither here nor there

Monday, September 17th, 2018

31 August 2018 A stroll around Tartu in the morning confirmed my hunch: that it is perfectly amiable but not very interesting. So we drove on south, heading for our second Baltic state, Latvia. We stopped along the way in a couple of little towns and villages mentioned in our Lonely Planet, but there really » » »


Soomaa miserable

Monday, September 17th, 2018

30 August 2018 Not all forest walks are created equal. Leaving Tallinn to head for Estonia’s second city, Tartu, we stopped en route at Soomaa National Park, a land of rivers and bogs. In spite of the heavy clouds we decided on two walks, and started with the forest walk along the banks of a » » »


Lahemaa – wood, coast and bog

Monday, September 17th, 2018

29 August 2018 We have a car. Exploring! We’ve gone to explore Lahemaa National Park. While driving there we’ve passed plenty of road signs that remind me to mention how charming the Estonian language is. We drove past Balti Spoon. Also Koogi, Vikipalu and Kaberneeme. And in Estonian “shop” is “pood”. There are so many » » »