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ThereAndBackAgain "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain


UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 13 Apr 2010 | Views [531]

You can follow my sojourn in India on http://ashramblings.blogspot.com/

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UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 20 Jun 2009 | Views [687]

I'll be volunteering through VSO   I'll be based in Rayagada   in Orissa province And as I expect visitors here what I've found re tourism stuff so far http://www.orissa-tourism.com/index.html http://www.... Read more >

Gallery: Algeria 2009

ALGERIA | Friday, 17 Apr 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Algeria, March-April 2009

ALGERIA | Monday, 6 Apr 2009 | Views [723]

So back again for my third visit! Becoming a habit, n'est pas! Oui, my French is getting better although I still find group conversations hard and thinking quick enough to keep up is difficult, but one to one and everyday stuff is fine. I'm really pleased ... Read more >

On my way back again

UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 21 Mar 2009 | Views [696]

Here I am sitting with a nice cold glass of wine the evening before I head of back to Algeria again. Little did I know when I named this blog that There and Back Again would actually happen so often! This is now my third trip to Algeria. As usual I ... Read more >


VANUATU | Thursday, 16 Oct 2008 | Views [906]

What can I say about these islands? My expectations were high for a number of reasons - my friend Tony and his wife Geraldine were joing me for the last two legs through these islands. I'd travelled with T through Central America but had yet to meet ... Read more >


VANUATU | Monday, 6 Oct 2008 | Views [699]

One can't really come on a tall ship without climbing the rigging. Every voyage crew has the opportunity to do this to whatever extent they wish. Soem are quick to be up and out on the yards, others less so. Back in March, in Auckland harbour, I climbed ... Read more >


UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 10 Aug 2008 | Views [671]

I am in Samoa for a few days between voyage legs. It is a lovely island. One of my vogaye buddies and myself have hired a car and are touring the island. The main island is 'Upolu, which is a good size taking about 6 hours or so to drive quicky round, ... Read more >

Gallery: South Pacific

FRENCH POLYNESIA | Saturday, 19 Jul 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Marquesas and Tuomotous

FRENCH POLYNESIA | Saturday, 21 Jun 2008 | Views [918]

We've spent the last few weeks cruising through these two groups of islands. The Marquesas are volcanic peaks, high, green, and the place for tattoos. These are a real work of art there, unlike anything you have seen elsewhere. But no I didn't get one.... Read more >

Tahiti Iti

FRENCH POLYNESIA | Thursday, 1 May 2008 | Views [811]

3 of us went off round the island to see the real tahiti. The main city Papeete is not exactly a great place to be, a bit seedy, everything closes on Sundays and holidays like today and it is exorbitantly expensive, eg 980CPF for a beer. The exchange ... Read more >

Reflections from the first few weeks

FRENCH POLYNESIA | Thursday, 1 May 2008 | Views [821]

We'd not had very good winds at all out of Auckland and the first few weeks was spent getting used to the watch systen and the crewe and fellow voyage crewe. Your body tells you quite quicky which watch is for you 12-4, 4-8,8-12 for me I prefered the ... Read more >

When is Easter Island Tahiti?

FRENCH POLYNESIA | Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | Views [750]

Just a short note to point you all to an explanation of why I am in Tahiti and not inEaster Island Unprecedented storms in the southern ocerans meant diversions exhilerating force 10 gusting 11 but avoiding a force 13 so check out the detail at http:... Read more >

Travel Quotes

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | Views [1384]

Here I am at last. I finished work on Friday, sold the car and am all set for what I have been calling for some time The Big Trip. I have to relay some marvelleous travel quotes that a colleague put on my leaving card from work (Thanks Peg!) ... Read more >

Algeria - Feb 2008

ALGERIA | Tuesday, 26 Feb 2008 | Views [1210]

Well back I did go! And yes it was worth it. We had a lovely time. Once again travelling through the Tardart region to the south east Djanet, then onto the Dunes and Essendilene areas further north.  I loved the peacefulness of the valley ... Read more >

Tags: Deserts

Gallery: Algeria Feb 2008

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 26 Feb 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Algeria

ALGERIA | Monday, 3 Dec 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Algeria - Nov 2007

ALGERIA | Monday, 3 Dec 2007 | Views [1043]

Spent the best part of the month of November in Algeria. A little bit of time was spent in Algiers, Cherchell, Tipaza, before flying south to Ghardaia, and then on to the main point of the trip which was 10 day in the Sahara - basic camping, visiting ... Read more >

Tags: Deserts

Gallery: Devon

UNITED KINGDOM | Friday, 10 Aug 2007 | Photo Gallery

Long weekend
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