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In search of ... "birds flying high you know how I feel, sun in the sky you know how I feel, breeze drifting on by you know how i feel, its a new dawn, its a new day, its a new life for me.....and I'm feelin good ..." just call me Ella!


CAMBODIA | Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | Views [300]

Firstly, I gave myself 6 weeks to do, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand which in hindsight was a tad ambitious! Hence having spent most of that time in Vietnam, Cambodia became bit of a flying visit. But it is definitely a place I will return to and explore ... Read more >

Gallery: Vietnam

VIETNAM | Friday, 13 Jun 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: China

CHINA | Friday, 13 Jun 2008 | Photo Gallery

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VIETNAM | Friday, 13 Jun 2008 | Views [324] | Comments [2]

Vietnam first stop Hanoi, dirty, noisy, e.g. a typical Vietnam City. Lots of interesting historical sights. Highlights - my birthday- death defying motorbike ride, slightly more sedate cylo ride. Somewhat depressing - Hanoi prison - not really a good ... Read more >

Last bits of China

CHINA | Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | Views [577] | Comments [4]

Okay sorry its been ages since i updated this and I'm a few countries ahead of China now...oops. Its just all gone very quickly and i hardly have time to stop to write. However Im now in Cairns with a nasty cold and very pi**ed off as I cant dive!! ... Read more >

Gallery: India

INDIA | Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Cape Town

SOUTH AFRICA | Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Xian and the Yangtze River

CHINA | Saturday, 5 Apr 2008 | Views [523] | Comments [1]

After Beijing onto Xian mainly to see the Terracotta Warriors which was impressive even tho it was rammed with tourists (just don't get carried away with the appeal of having a life sized one in your garden - Nick I resisted honest).  Also worth a visit ... Read more >

Trains in China...the Do's and Don'ts

CHINA | Saturday, 5 Apr 2008 | Views [370] | Comments [1]

First sleeper train in China...what i learned. Do.... get to the station early or fear legging it down the platform with your 20Kg backpack...yep I fell flat on my face! take your shoes off before climbing into your bunk, or you may accidently ... Read more >

China - Beijing

CHINA | Saturday, 22 Mar 2008 | Views [596] | Comments [1]

14th March - Arrive Beijing airport early morning and managed to get on to a bus going to the area my hostel was in...or so i thought. The joy of China is that very few people speak English and my Chinese is limited to the few phrases in my guide book.... Read more >

The Calm after the Storm

THAILAND | Thursday, 20 Mar 2008 | Views [385] | Comments [1]

It was such a relief to get out of India and see a friendly face. I met Daz and his 2 mates Sami and Suzzi in Bangkok airport...all still recovering from Daz's bday celebrations....interesting stories about ladyboys! We stayed near the Ko San Road, the ... Read more >

highs and lows

INDIA | Thursday, 20 Mar 2008 | Views [402] | Comments [4]

Ok after a few days in India the culture shock did subside, and there are some wonderful sights, its just a pity about the attitude of the men! Deb - I have truly mastered the f**k off face now, thanks for all your lessons. Feel like I visited every ... Read more >

Get me out of here!

INDIA | Friday, 29 Feb 2008 | Views [720] | Comments [3]

Arrived in Delhi at 10pm....oh F**K i cant describe this place other than dont do it.....ever! After eventually finding my bags which had been dumped in the corner of the airport somewhere (some kind Oz guy helped me find them)....I got outside to get ... Read more >

Tags: misadventures

Quick stop in Singapore

SINGAPORE | Friday, 22 Feb 2008 | Views [375]

Sorry bit rubbish at keeping this up to date so here is a quick summary. Arrived in Singapore for couple of days until flight to India, how sad that you can get excited about an airport but Singapore has to be one of the best...cinema and swimming pool! ... Read more >

Tags: shopping

Highlights of Cape Town

SOUTH AFRICA | Thursday, 21 Feb 2008 | Views [739]

We had difficulty cramming everything we wanted to do into 4 days so after the initial day of sightseeing around the town it was non-stop fun. I really wanted to walk up the mountain rather than get the cable car, couldn’t talk Kelly into it but managed ... Read more >

Tags: I should have known better!

Cape Town - love it!

SOUTH AFRICA | Sunday, 17 Feb 2008 | Views [613]

It was sad to leave the reserve and say bye to everyone such a good crowd. However Martin, Kelly and myself where going onto Cape Town so our adventure continued. First stop one night in J'burg....oh what a night!!! We arrived at Diamond Diggers backpacker ... Read more >

Tags: Laughter

Gallery: Best of GVI South Africa 2008

SOUTH AFRICA | Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | Photo Gallery

Photos from volunteer programme
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Party Nights -bush style

SOUTH AFRICA | Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | Views [436]

Hmm party nights in South Africa are actually a lot better than i thought. Every Thursday evening we try to glam up a bit ie. lose the green and brown camouflage then all pile in the back of the open truck and drive to our local pub which is about 40mins ... Read more >

Tags: Party time

Animal Update

SOUTH AFRICA | Tuesday, 12 Feb 2008 | Views [437] | Comments [2]

I have to tell you about Lionel, my favourite here and makes me weep a tear every time i think of him. (i know Im turning into sissy). Anyway background, Zero (male Lion) has 2 female mates Lisa and Maggie who are sisters (yes i think the reserve mananger ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors

Mountain Phase

SOUTH AFRICA | Friday, 8 Feb 2008 | Views [356]

We get taken up to do mountain research in small groups, so 5 of us set off for the week. Basically we set traps for small mammals, knock them out in a bag of Ethanol then measure them, snip their ears for identification and record all details. The side ... Read more >

Tags: mountains

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