Canal next to the Amsterdam Red Light District

Prostitution and sweet Mary Jane

First off, if you’re looking for a sordid exposé of all the dodgy things we got up to in Amsterdam, you better keep looking, cos you won’t find it here. By the time we got to Amsterdam and tracked down our hotel it was 1:30am and we were all ready for some shut eye. Knowing … Read more

Beach at Calais, France

A first view of the Continent

Unlike many of the other teams, we didn’t pre-book a ticket on the ferry as we didn’t really know how long it would take us to get to the port (about 5 hours, including lunch), or how many times we would get lost (none, thank you very much!). So when we pulled up at Dover, … Read more

Buckingham Palace, London

Making the most of a short time in London

As I’ve said, both Wade and I have previously spent time in London. I was there for about 4 months at the end of my solo backpacking trip, living and working in a backpacker’s hostel in Shoreditch and also working as a walking tour guide in Westminster and the City of London. Wade worked in … Read more

Drivers side with stickers, Goodwood Motor Circuit

Procuring a Polo

By the time we arrived at Heathrow, two of our precious rally preparation days had been taken up in transit, and (most) thoughts of tourist-ing it up in a city that Wade and I have both had the opportunity to fall in love with previously, vanished like Wade’s luggage. Instead, we would be spending the … Read more

Airplane stairs not working - Etihad, Abu Dhabi

The saga continues

Call me naïve, but there was a part of me that thought that when we got on the plane that would be the end of the dramas; that our layovers would be smooth and straightforward; and, that having had all that extra time to sort everything out, Etihad would make sure that there was nothing … Read more

Boarding gate, Hong Kong airport

Sometimes you win…

Sometimes you lose. And sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference when you’re in it. We were scheduled to leave Hong Kong at 6:55pm on Sunday evening, arriving in London at 7:35am Monday morning, with a couple of hours in Abu Dhabi in the middle of the night. To make sure we got there in … Read more

Supercar in Hong Kong

In which the vehicle conversations start

And I discover I have no idea what I’m talking about… Ideally, this post would just be a photo album of all the cars we saw in Hong Kong and Macau, but as the majority of the photos I managed to capture looked like this, it’s a bit difficult to demonstrate just how many supercars … Read more

Jo and Wade - selfie in the rain, Kowloon

A redemption story

A while ago, I wrote about being in Qingdao, wallowing in the challenges of the final separation from Aaron when I was forced to go out in a rainstorm without an umbrella to get dinner. At the time, it seemed like the weather was matching my mood, but as people watched this crazy girl wandering … Read more

Hong Kong skyline from Star Ferry

Checking out the sights of Hong Kong

Our day in Macau left us all wishing we had opted to spend more time there instead of Hong Kong, but we nonetheless managed to find a few things to do to keep us entertained for the other three days of our stay. When we first arrived in Hong Kong, after having breakfast, we wandered … Read more

Wade Jo Darcy Karl - Hard Rock Cafe, Macau

Old friends in new places

After Wade’s bungee jump, Karl decided to take the afternoon off work to join us in looking around Macau. Although Wade had wanted to focus his attentions on the casinos, he agreed to take a quick look around some of the more historically significant parts of Macau, and Karl drove us all over to a … Read more