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The end…

August 12th, 2009 | Posted by Davey in 21-United States - (10 Comments)

Somebody recently wrote the lyrics to the famous Frank Sinatra song as a comment on our site “the end is near”, well folks for us the end is here…

We have lived a year that most people only ever dream of.  It’s been hard at times but mostly it’s been truly amazing.  The world is, as we expected, a beautiful place and its mostly the people that make it so.

We have now finished our trip and are living in Ireland.  It’s a bit strange being back and having to deal with the rain on a daily basis, even in the summer.

A quick round up:

  • No. of days travelling: 382
  • No. of continents: 5
  • No. of countries: 23
  • No. of flights: 19
  • No. of bus journeys: 55
  • Longest bus journey: 33 hours (Laos to China)
  • Worst train journey: Pingyoa to Beijing in China (the smell of piss, shit and tobacco for 12 hours)
  • Countries we enjoyed the most (in order): Nepal, New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand and Cambodia
  • Country we liked the least: China
  • No of photos taken: approx. 30,000
  • No. short videos: approx. 250
  • No. of gigabites: 160
  • Favourite photos: Ankor Wat, Cambodia

Website stats:

  • No. of posts uploaded: 264
  • Total views: 17,003 (avg. 45 per day)
  • Busiest day: 154 (when we got engaged)
  • Busiest month: August 2008 (1,720 hits)
  • No. of comments: 540
  • Most avid followers: Tim Knight and Delboy May (thanks guys!)

Some highlights of our trip:

  • Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp in the Himalayas
  • Cycling the world’s most dangerous road in Bolivia
  • Getting engaged on a Thailand beach
  • Trekking in the Andes
  • Tubing in Vang Veing
  • Canoeing down the Amazon
  • Solar de Uyuni tour in Bolivia
  • Visiting family in Australia and New Zealand
  • Diving in Amed in Bali
  • Campervaning in Australia and New Zealand
  • Three months surfing in Australia
  • Skydiving in Taupo New Zealand
  • Camping with the Orangutans in Bucket Luang Indonesia
  • Ice walking and climbing Franz Joseph Glacier in New Zealand
  • Certifying as an open water and advanced scuba diver
  • Scuba Diving in Egypt, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and Honduras
  • Visiting 36 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and
  • 5 New Wonders of the World:
    • Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (Peru)
    • Christ the Redeemer (Brazil)
    • The Great Wall of China (China)
    • The Taj Mahal (India)
    • Pyramids of Giza (Egypt)

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody that followed us through our epic journey and left comments which kept us motivated to keep this site updated.

We will be collating a personal book of our journey which will include our posts and a selection of our 30,000 photos.  You will be able to download a hard copy for only a few dollars via blurb.com. This will take some time to collate so you’ll have to bear with us.  I will keep you posted on such developments. It will keep us occupied while we seek employment.

Thank you for everything, it’s been amazing.

All our love,

Davey and Sam

 

 

"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." - St. Augustine

This will be the cover of our book:

A life long experience

New York, New York…

August 12th, 2009 | Posted by Davey in 21-United States - (2 Comments)

Three nights in one of the most amazing cities in the world was a great way to end our trip.  We were so chilled after leaving Roatan and then to hit such a buzzing city…it was a bit of a wake up call and somewhat prepared us for our return home.

We chucked out all our ragged clothes and went shopping on 5th Avenue, took the tour around Manhattan, Brooklyn  Queens, Ellis Island and around the Statue of Liberty.  A fabulous weekend and one we will no doubt relive again in the near future – at least next time we won’t have to do so many tourist things.

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A real dream come true

July 9th, 2009 | Posted by Davey in 20-Honduras - (1 Comments)

Yesterday, while on a staff day trip (yes I know we are not staff) to some rare dive sites, we spotted and swam with a WHALE SHARK.  It happened by sheer chance.  Because of the political situation and it being so quite here on the island, West End Divers arranged a day trip for its staff and few customers.  What a day it turned out to be.  We got halfway to our intended dive site when the weather picked up and we had to turn the boat around.  On the way back some of the staff spotted a spoiler which is basically some birds circling a school of fish, a sure sign of a feeding dolphin or whale shark – lucky for us it turned out to be a whale shark.

Most of our crew have never seen one.  Christy, a local Honduran dive master, had not seen one since she was snorkeling at the aged of 15, the club owner has been living on the island for 20 years and has never seen one.  It was a first for most of the other staff as well.  As you can imagine, the excitement was truly unreal.

Diving in the various countries en route we were always just out of whale season, and even then we would have been luck to spot one.  I read these few paragraphs on a scuba website and though I’d share them with you.  It really highlights just how lucky we were.

 

Spotting the elusive whale shark is the high point in the careers of many divers. Yet many can go their whole lives without ever seeing this majestic beast.

What is a Whale Shark?

The whale shark, or Rhincodon typus, is the largest fish in the sea and not a whale. It is a cartilaginous fish like any other shark and breathes through gills. It is also massive – it can grow over 12 meters in length and weigh up to 15 tons. Despite its massive size the whale shark is a gentle giant. It is a filter feeder with tiny teeth that play no role in feeding. This large fish poses no threat to a diver as it eats only plankton, krill, small fish, and jellyfish.

Although their migration patterns are poorly understood the following dive sites are well known for whale shark sightings. Top four places to see whale sharks

  • Richelieu Rock and Hin Daeng in Thailand
  • Ningaloo Reef in Australia
  • Utila Island Off of Honduras
  • Just off the Seychelles Islands

We were snorkeling, so we both got to see it.  I was so close I could have bitten its tail, surreal.

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Just chilling on the beach…

July 6th, 2009 | Posted by Davey in 20-Honduras - (1 Comments)

We’ve received a few emails of late asking if we have been affected by the troubles here in Honduras.  Apart from a 9pm curfew we are completely unaffected and are just enjoying our time either diving or chilling on the beach.

There are some riots in the capital and other parts of the country, but not a hint of it here on Roatan .  The locals are keeping a good eye on events, which are in Spanish, and are feeding the info back to us.  A problem may arise when we need to leave the island as all local airlines have been grounded and there are no busses.  Somehow we need to get from Roatan to San Pedro Sula to catch our flight to NY.  Hopefully all will have calmed down by the 14th.

For now its back to enjoying our last week.  I have 4 more dives booked for this week, 1 wreck, 2 coral wall and 1 night. I looking forward to the night dive most.

Some more photos of Roatan.

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Return wishlist

July 5th, 2009 | Posted by Davey in 19-Mexico - (7 Comments)

As we write this post we have been travelling for near on 12–months and to say we have missed some home comforts is an understatement.  To this end,  we have collated a return wishlist which we hope our family and friends will help us with upon our return. 

Please feel free to add to this list, or even better, volunteer your services :

  • Sunday roast with all the trimmings inc. Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, roast potatoes and gravy (I’m salivating just writing this)
  • Crumpets with butter and bovril
  • Sausage and mash (not smash!)
  • Homemade spaghetti bolognese with garlic bread and a bottle of red wine (worth more than $1)
  • Baked beans with cheese on toast
  • Cadbury’s chocolate (any kind)
  • Tea and biscuits (think dunkers)
  • Fruit and Vegetables (fresh)
  • Hot curry (of any kind)
  • English ale (in a real pub)
  • Guinness (in a real pub)
  • A long hot bath (alone)
  • Choice of clean clothes (especially underwear)
  • Bed with a soft mattress, clean sheets (and no bed bugs)
  • Private bedroom (without testosterone induced teenagers)
  • Decent internet connection (anything above 56K)
  • Catching up with family and friends (over a bottle of wine, obviously)

Wishlist