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Browsing Archive: November, 2011

The English Language Barrier

Posted by Penny Young on Friday, November 25, 2011,

When people asked me how I was going to deal with the inevitable language barriers that would throw up all manner of challenges throughout our year on the road, I scoffed and waived a hand that said ‘no problemmo’. I occasionally even quoted Paul Kelly singing ‘I can order sandwiches in seven different languages…’

To be honest, I thought it would be impossible to NOT l...


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Lonely Planet Syndrome

Posted by Penny Young on Tuesday, November 15, 2011,
Ever since we arrived in Latvia, into the ease of the EU, I’ve started suffering from a somewhat malignant case of what I can only describe as Lonely Planet Syndrome.

It’s completely weird. We’ve just travelled for months relatively unassisted by guide books, wandering the abyss on the whiff of cheap diesel. And yet as soon as I got my hands on Joe’s 2005 Eastern Europe on ...


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I now know where the expression ‘It’s bloody Baltic out there!’ comes from…

Posted by Penny Young on Friday, November 11, 2011,

A lot like a dog with a bone, Joe can’t help himself. As soon as you so much as utter a friendly conversational line like ‘yeah, I don’t think it’d be that bad camping here in winter’ it’s like you just wandered into an Amway meeting. He’s all over you. There’s no escape.

I was almost saved by the fact that we drove into Sigulda under the cover of darkness, and at f...


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Lovely Little Latvia

Posted by Penny Young on Thursday, November 10, 2011,

Lovely little Latvia. So small and scenic and sociable. I was almost suspicious when the first bubbly hotel receptionist welcomed us with a warm smile, and then cut the price of the room when we hesitated at her first offer. Was this a trick? When is she going to shout at us in Russian for parking the car in the wrong place?

When the waitress spoke English too I nearly jumped ove...


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My Recollections of the Shark Attack

Posted by Joseph Ferrar on Monday, November 7, 2011,
I've been putting off writing this blog for some time. Probably because it's not an experience that I'm too fond of reliving. However, watching the Nat Geo video clip forced me to come face to face with the memories, and I wanted to capture my thoughts of what happened that morning in this blog.

The attack took place at Balian Beach, on the west coast of Bali. Having spent four or five days at Uluwatu on the south coast, we were keen to explore different parts of the island. We'd read fantasti...

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Pain and agony on the LAST of the major borders

Posted by Penny Young on Monday, November 7, 2011,

Of course the last major border crossing had to go out with a bang. Perhaps just to remind us that this trip hasn't been all beer and skittles, but in fact, weeks of driving pleasure punctuated by A-Hole border chiefs plotting to use their blasphemous bureaucracy to make our lives momentarily (sometimes for hours on end) living hell.

After shooting down the M9 highway that links Mo...


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