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As our journey comes to an end…

Posted by Cool Your Jets IV on September 21, 2011

Andrea, whom we met whilst aboard the Grande Francia continues his journey around the World (do look for two intrepid travellers in the video…)

It seems like a long time since we were aboard the ship, though we’re still talking about it – people we meet are always amazed when they hear about our leaving London aboard a cargo ship and our voyage to South America, following the coasts of France, Spain, Africa and Brazil – an awesome experience that still lives long in our memories. But alas, all good things come to an end and we’ve had a truly awesome time, met some wonderful people and experienced many highs and great times.

The whole adventure had been really special and we both feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to see the World – pretty much on our own terms, having no plan whatsoever, only to arrive in Buenos Aires and go with the flow. Argentina was superb, we wish we’d met our tango instructor sooner though know we’ll take it up when we eventually settle back in the UK. The friends we met whilst learning Spanish will remain good friends – some of whom are already planning to visit London later this year.

Machu Picchu was everything and more than we expected – at one stage we had no plans to see it, so very glad we decided to get to Lima and onto Cuzco – it was mind-blowing. Having no plan saw us leave South America to meet up with friends in SE Asia, Jamie and Lisa in Vietnam, our little holiday within our trip – Vietnam was such a beautiful country and travelling by train, north to south we pretty much saw all of it and so want to go back.

Whilst Phnom Phen wasn’t for us, the rest of Cambodia was – seeing the small river town of Kampot was a highlight with many drunken nights spent in the Rusty Keyhole, drinking cold beers and enjoying great food to meeting up with our friends Dave and Katie, en route to London having been to a wedding in Australia. Seeing Angkor Wat with them both – we couldn’t have hoped for two better intrepid explorers!

Thailand was everything we though it wasn’t – we were both expecting Bangkok to be a little bit like Old Delhi, ramshackle and broken, dirty and not really for us so imagine our surprise to see multiple high-rise office blocks on a par with New York – an incredible metropolis though it the places outside of Bangkok we truly enjoyed – visiting the Islands and being able to climb in Krabi, a longish term ambition of mine. To visiting the north, making friends in Chiang Mai and our nights inside Pinkys – a fine watering hole with some great characters though none more than Fon and Graeme – unfortunately the photo I have of Graeme is long deleted though the image has been burned into my memory!

Then there was India and our being spoilt rotten by Ram Mama and Madhu Mami, both of whom gave up their bed and fed us plenty of home cooked food, which after being on the road for so long was very welcome. Rather than visit the same places we opted to see more of the north and the foothills of the Himalayas. Having now been to Leh I can categorically say that this is my favourite place in India – riding our Enfield in the mountains, riding over the first and third highest motorable passes was a real highlight. Seeing Goa in a monsoon (and meeting our friend Tony from Chiang Mai, randomly paying for something in a supermarket) and for me bathing in Ganga Mata in Varanasi, for no other reason than, why not!

We’re now in Greece, have been for about two or so weeks – relaxing before we head back to London and finding somewhere to live, rebuilding our careers and planning the next stage of our lives with memories of this year shaping our future. It’s been a wonderful adventure and I couldn’t have had a better person to travel with, be with and to share all these wonderful times with than my wife and co-pilot Shelley, none of this would have been possible nor as much fun with out her – it’s been a blast babes x

The End!

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Morning, afternoon, evening or goodnight?

Posted by Cool Your Jets IV on April 21, 2011

I think we left Peru on the 19th April.

It’s now mid-afternoon on the 21st and we’re currently sat in Hong Kong International Airport – in that time we’ve flown from Peru to Los Angeles, had several hours there before taking a flight from there to Hong Kong – leaving LA a littel after midnight for the 15 hour flight.

Flying east, meant we were constantly in darkness so it’s all a little surreal at the moment.

Having arrived in HK around 6am, we quickly took the opportunity to head into town and see some of the sites – only everything was still closed. Eventually we found somewhere for breakfast – a bowl of noodles and chicken, followed by toast, sausage, scrambled egg and the strongest cup of builders tea (ever) is the preferred start to the day here!

Along the way I found some great pieces of graffiti (On the wall, Hong Kong) and a couple of markets. We then took a ferry across to Kowloon Bay and wandered there for several hours – with tiredness catching up, we both went for a foot massage in what turned out to be a bit of knocking shop!

Whilst there some English guy popped up sheepishly  asking whether ‘Golden Hands’ was in – she was and he was quickly shown into a soft red lit room, no doubt for a relaxing massage with a happy moment thrown in sometimes towards the end!

We’re now sat in said airport with a couple of hours to kill next stop Hanoi where we’ll be meeting up with Lisa and Jamie.

Snake-blood vodka anyone…?

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Goodbye South America…

Posted by Cool Your Jets IV on April 18, 2011

It’s been an interesting few months here in South America – Buenos Aires was OK, not as cool as we thought it was but given the distance, a damn sight cooler than Sydney in Australia, at least they speak a different language and are only fifteen years behind us from a fashion point of view. Peru has been fantastic and I would certainly like to come back to this part of South America to explore – everything you’ve heard about Machu Picchu is true – it’s stunning.

We’ve met some great people whilst away, really interesting individuals and couples most of whom we’ll keep in contact with (you know who you are…) We didn’t get to see that much more but we’re grateful for the flavour we have had. Tonight’s our last night – tomorrow we fly via LA, Hong Kong before meeting our friends Lisa & Jamie (recently engaged too so it’s going to be a great few weeks with those guys!)

So, goodbye South America and…

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