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

Go Pro shot of Wade pre-bungee jump, Macau Tower

In for a fall

When we first booked our flights through Hong Kong, Wade announced that he wanted to make a day trip to Macau. Aside from being home to some of the world’s biggest casinos (which is a pretty big drawcard anyway), one of his best friends from school has been living there for the past 10 years … Read more

Jersey Boys - West End Live 2014

So. Much. Musical. Theatre.

One of the down sides to arriving in London at the end of a year on the road is the inevitable lack of cash. In my case, a refusal to check just how much cash was not still in my bank account in the weeks leading up to the UK resulted in my lack of … Read more

Charlette and Jo - Covent Garden

Let’s meet tonight’s contestants

After a year of being on the road, meeting new people and making new friends everywhere I went (except for staying with Elea in France, and bumping into Sammyh in Morocco), it was nice to finally arrive in the UK. I got to see Sara, of course, and I also know some folks from home who … Read more

Cupcake Jemma from Crumbs and Doilies

A fine day for a spot of polo

When one finds oneself in England, there are certain activities that one is expected to undertake in order to be accepted into proper society. The Royal Ascot, the Queen’s official birthday celebrations, and the occasional polo match, of course. Unfortunately, I was too broke this year to dress up like Eliza Doolittle and make small … Read more

Wood cabin and horses, Khatgal, Mongolia

Channeling my inner herder

When the sun came up in Muren I was still sleeping, but I eventually woke up, checked out, and headed out to find a minibus the rest of the way to Khatgal. It turned out that finding the minivan wasn’t the problem so much as finding the other people who wanted to go out that … Read more

View along the side of the Great Wall of China

For real this time

OK, so earlier on I might have implied that I had been to see the Great Wall of China but then turned out to be tricking. But I really did go see it, eventually. There are three parts of the Great Wall accessible from Beijing. And much like Goldilocks’ porridge, only one was just right. … Read more

Sunrise on Tai Shan - Shandong Province

Stairway to Heaven

Sacred mountains are a dime a dozen in China, but in the end the one that matters most is Tai Shan. – Lonely Planet Now I’m not much of a climber. More of a couch potato, in fact. But the siren call of the holiest mountain in China was too much, even for me, to … Read more

Aaron learning to bow - Samurai Kembu

Madame Butterfly and the Last Samurai

Did I tell you Aaron wants to be a samurai? Or a ninja. Actually, preferably a ninja. But a samurai will do. I heard that a lot in the months leading up to our visit to Japan. Turns out neither group is recruiting. * You can, however, pay to dress up like a samurai and … Read more

Road from the back of a motorcycle, Vietnamese highlands

Easy Riding

Easy Rider tours are a well-known and popular activity in southern Vietnam. Based in Dalat, the original Easy Riders were former South Vietnamese soldiers who were unable to find work after the war and so turned to working as motorcycle taxi drivers to make a living. Gradually, their reputation for knowing back roads and off … Read more