Category Asia

What about the children?

2 years ago Karen and I spent 6 magical weeks exploring the West Coast of India, from New Delhi all the way down to Kerala.  We enjoyed elephant rides, boat trips and palace visits and ate probably some of the best food that has ever been put in front of us. We also witnessed a […]

Hello From The Other Side!!

There used to be small flags on the tables in this room – but each side kept knocking the other side’s flags down. So we then removed the flags! On hearing those words Karen and I realized the enormity of our situation, standing about 6 feet deep inside North Korea and surrounded by armed soldiers. How […]

Seoul…I hear you calling. Oh baby please…

The great migration to Europe was upon us once more. Christmas presents were wrapped,fridges and freezers were emptied, back packs filled and it was off we go for a few weeks, just as the sun was starting to keek out from behind the clouds over Sydney. We would not be getting 3 flights in the […]

Tears In Rain…

Last year Karen and I spent a few amazing weeks in Nepal. Our initial objective was just to go there to do a bit of trekking but we discovered so much more. We spent days getting lost amongst Kathmandu’s labyrinthine streets, discovering temples both hidden and looming before heading to quieter streets in Bhaktapur – […]

Indonesia Highlights

Our month in Indonesia was a bit of a roller coaster ride, there were servals highs and unfortunately a few ‘not so’ high moments. We both fell in love with the Gili Islands, each of the three islands had its own character and charm. The temples and volcanos in Java were spectacular. Our experience in […]

“You no like, you go to Kuta!”

What’s tired, hungry, miserable and stinks of sulphur? Us on the ferry back to Bali. Karen had done a quick wardrobe change in the back of the van while John waited to use the facilities on the boat – big mistake! John was no longer after this. Getting to Bali by ferry is easy from […]

Ghost Miners

While we were in the Ijen Crater we came into contact with one of the most brutal forms of employment we have seen – The Sulphur Miners of Ijen. The Ijen Crater is one big sulphur mine. Over 300 miners work here. Between the hours of 2am and 4am they descend into the very bowels […]