Thursday 18th July Dubrovnik (Croatia) – Berlin (Germany) We’re flying to Berlin today, on Easyjet (A$131 each) for a one-week houseswap. The last time we were in Berlin was 1976, and we were in our beat-up old Citroen 2CV, and we’d got the ferry from Gedser in Denmark to Rostock in East Germany. We then …
The Balkans-from Bucharest to Dubrovnik
As a result of our homeswapping we are owed a week’s accommodation in Berlin (Germany) and a week in Angers (France). We wanted to add some interesting destinations to these, but after our adventurous trip to Ethiopia earlier in the year, we were ready for something fairly easy. We decided to fly Qatar Airways with …
Ras Al Khaimah, Oman & Dubai
When were last in Dubai and Oman, back in 2003, we were told that the Musandam Peninsula, an enclave in the north of Oman, was wonderful. We always planned to come back and see it, so we’re about to head there. We’re flying to Dubai, and will then head to Ras Al Khaimah, another of the United Arab Emirates, which we haven’t visited before. We'll then continue on to Muscat by boat, and back to Dubai by bus, if all goes to plan.
Ethiopia – land of contrasts
We had some reservations about going to Ethiopia, but various friends have been there recently, and had favourable reports, so we decided it was now or never as we’re not getting any younger. We’ve booked two back to back trips with Intrepid Travel – one week in the less-visited Lower Omo Valley with its various ethnic groups, and twelve days in Northern Ethiopia
Exploring Singapore for a couple of days
We're off to explore Ethiopia for 3 weeks, so decided on a couple of easy days in Singapore beforehand
Astana, Kazakhstan and some China
We decided we may as well go to Astana while we were in the area, seeing it was the capital, as we probably won’t be back in the ‘Stans for a third time. We had no expectations, so were blown away by the incredible architecture, street art and night lighting. We also visited some more of China - around Chengdu and Chongqing
Kyrgyzstan and our first “Explore” trip
We’re heading to Kyrgyzstan today. We’ve booked a 15-day Explore “Mountain Kingdoms of the Silk Road” for A$3,140 each. The tour begins in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) and finishes in Tashkent (Uzbekistan). The trip pace is listed as “full on” for travellers who like their holidays packed with activities and experiences, moving on quickly from place to …
Kazakhstan and the 44 hours to get there
We were waiting for inspiration for where to go for our next trip, when we came across an “Explore” trip from Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan to Tashkent in Uzbekistan. In 2008 we had done a 6-week Dragoman trip from Istanbul to Tashkent, so this was a good chance to fill in some “gaps”. We booked this …
Arequipa and Colca Canyon Peru, and Valparaiso, Chile
We’re heading to Arequipa in Peru today by public transport. It’s about 425kms by road, but we’re expecting to take all day to get there. It is still dark, due to Chile’s weird time zone, when our taxi picks us up just after 8am to head for the Terminal Terrestrial for the first leg of our journey.
Manaus, Sao Paulo, Santiago and Arica
Today we’re off to Manaus, the major departure point for the surrounding Amazon Rainforest. We’re actually heading back to Santiago in Chile, but we can only do it by a series of flights, including the first one to Manaus. Decided it was too good an opportunity to miss, so will spend a couple of nights there. We were there in 1999, when we did boat trips up into the rainforest, so this time we’re just having a look around the city, and especially an Opera House Tour, which we missed last time.