Day 11: Wednesday 22nd April, 2015 (Note: If you are considering any volunteer work overseas please stay safe, read our blog disclaimer and consider your personal decisions carefully. Also consider that volunteering with a family in tow, involves far more considerations, compromises and sacrifices, than that of a solo traveller). We had contacted our next Sumatran host Yoan […]

Day 10: Tuesday April 21st, 2015 Through couchsurfing we had gotten in touch with Linlin. She was born in Java but is currently working in Medan at an outdoor education centre. She kindly requested to meet us and offered us lunch. So after a pleasant breakfast with our host Adin we set out to find her. Yet, another […]

Bus ride to Medan

Day 9: Monday April 20th, 2015 After our wet and wild adventures yesterday, we spent the first hour on chores – washing and drying out our clothes in our hotel room. They would still be wet when on our departure but at least they would be clean and drip dry, such are the compromises of […]

Day 8: Sunday April 19th, 2015 Indonesia is a located on the Pacific Basin’s “Ring of Fire”. It is mostly known for the famous huge eruptions of Krakatoa and Tambora, in the 19th century. So it is not surprising that the country has approximately 130 volcanoes, many of which are currently active. This makes Indonesia one of the […]

Day 7: Later on Saturday April 18th 2015 The lunch stop before we hit Berastagi was fun.We chose not to sit on the bus, like most of the passengers, as our driver hoes into a huge meal. None of us wanted to eat but it was just nice to stretch our legs and hang out […]

Day 6 & 7: Friday April 17th / Saturday April 18th, 2015 Our time by the lake is drawing to a close, and our thoughts turned to our departure – which trail out of this watery paradise? Not relishing the recommended route of returning to Parapat and backtracking via Medan, we took up the generous offer of a […]

Day 5: Thursday April 16th 2015 Another day in beautiful Tuk Tuk. We have enjoyed our apartment here. Not only does it have two huge king size beds, it’s own kitchen, ensuite and integrated TV area but there is also more sleeping space in a secret loft which the boys loved to climb up to. […]

Day 4: Wednesday April 15th, 2015. We are now on the main island Pulau Samosir, which is about the same size as Singapore Island. We awoke this morning in the town of Tuk Tuk, which is a traditional home of the Batak people. Batak is a collective term used to identify a number of ethnic […]

Day 3: April 24th, 2015. Today we are excited to be entering a new country, Indonesia. We are extra excited to be going to the fabled Sumatra. Today our objective is to reach Lake Toba, and it will take six different legs to do so: taxi-ferry-taxi-plane-taxi-ferry. What could possibly go wrong? When we were planning […]

Day 2: April 13th, 2015 In the early hours we hear the other residents of the complex preparing for their day. Our host lives in a typical, old, narrow terrace house but each floor has been divided into a series of funky one bedroom apartments, complete with tiny kitchen area and an all opaque glass […]

Sumo-pore Sujorn: The start of a small family adventure to Singapore and Sumatra.

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. – Henry Miller If you have seen our initial plan (Part 1) and/or read our travel blog; you will see that, as is normal in longer-term budget adventure travel,… plans change. Travel is more than the seeing of sites; it is a […]

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. ― Dr. Seuss Unlike many travellers of this era, we travelled before the age of the internet. Yes, we wrote travel journals with a pen and paper. We remember posting post cards and international phone cards. […]

August 18th to 24th, 2014 Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need.- Sarah Ban Breathnach. So after the great Sabretoothed Chickens Tour we are finally home. One small family back from our one big year… Yes, we felt some mixed feelings in the week […]

One last time...

11 – 15th August 2014 Turning for Home Our homeward leg generates a weird kind of day:  we left London Gatwick on a rainy Sunday afternoon, and, like a series of half-remembered scenes from a movie, our journey back homeward flashes between long stretches of idle time in the air. First, it’s a 3 hour […]

4th till 10th August, 2014 Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life. – Jack Kerouac Heading to Greenwich On our last morning in Oldham, we cooked a huge English breakfast to thank Suzanne and Kieran for their hospitality. Besides the […]

All together now

28th July – 3rd August 2014 Unification On Monday Graham arrived back in Dublin, forty-five minutes early, thanks to a stiff Atlantic tailwind pushing the Aer Lingus flight briskly eastwards.  Not bad, but since this flight thus arrives at Dublin at 0450, this means an hour or so waiting at the airport for the first […]

Guggenheim sky

21st – 27th July 2014 (Graham) A Walk in the Park Week 48 found me waking once more in sunny Brooklyn.  By now I’ve found my feet and I’m really getting a feel for this vibrant and energetic city.  Monday was quite a slow morning, but the weather was good and ripe for exploring. I […]

July 20th till 27th, 2014 Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. – Miriam Beard Chester The Black-and-white Revival was an architectural movement from the middle of the 19th century which re-used the vernacular elements of the past, using […]

Empire Sunset

14th – 20th July 2014  (Graham) A solo side-trip This week I’m striking out west.  Some time ago in an idle email I mentioned to my ex-colleague and friend Dirk that we’d be in Europe in the northern summer.  He equally casually suggested we head over to New York City, where he has created an […]

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