The husband checking out the local delicacy. Couple of questions…
A. Will he taste it?
B. Where is this?
#malawi #food #mice
"All of the biggest technological inventions created by man - the airplane, the automobile, the computer - says little about his intelligence, but speaks volumes about his laziness" (Mark Kennedy)
The next Farnborough Airshow coming up (9-15 July 2012)
#airshow #airshow2012 #farnborough #farnboroughairshow
Walking The Dog, The Baby And The Lions... As You Do
Three generations of the remarkable Van der Merwe family in Namibia.
Read their story:
#namibia #harnas #animalrescue #lions #dog #family
Farnborough International Airshow 2012
Started today and the skies are grey as sometimes before.
Still one of the greatest airshows in the world...
#airshow #farnboroughairshow #farnborough #airshow2012 #raf
Like A Drink?
Cheers everyone ;-)
#drink #whiskey #snakewine #snakesaturday #snakesunday #scorpion #luangprabang #laos #alcohol
Going on a little road trip but see you soon…
#australia #outback #silverton
#namibia #selfdrive #nature #camping
Piranha fish soup, unforgettable… though not for the taste!
#piranha #amazon #brazil #food
Can You Pick Your Favorite Animal? I Can´t
I love animals and have many favorite animals. Actually, I like all animals (maybe with the exceptions of some insects if you consider them animals).
In first place, it has to be our two gorgeous dogs, Molly and Tess. I actually love all dogs, big and small, pretty and ugly. Dogs are such a great companions and can brighten any day with their funny antics.
When I was little, I wanted to own a dog, monkey, elephant and seal (perfect size for the bathtub). All are still among my favorite animals though I´m now happy with owning only dogs.
I think elephants are among the greatest creatures on this planet. I have been lucky enough to interact with few elephants on my travels, including feeding, riding and bathing them and I´m totally in awe of those magnificent creatures. One of the highlights on our RTW tour was looking for the desert elephants in Namibia (they found us in the pitch dark but more about that later).
I love watching seals and sea lions, beautiful and graceful animals in the sea, clumsy and cuddly (from afar) on land. One of the most memorable things we have ever done on our travels was to swim with wild sea lions in Galapagos. They were so playful and curious; it was totally amazing and unforgettable experience.
And who doesn´t like monkeys and apes. They are so much like us :-)
How Watching The Universe Makes Us Humble
This is not the best photo in the world but it is still one of our favorite. It is taken in the Atacama Desert in Chile on a small Nikon camera… through telescope.
This is the first time we saw Saturn with our own eyes and it still fills us with awe and humility.
Awe that we people can build things that can allow us to see so far into our universe. Humility because our earth is so small in the scope of things.
What a beautiful earth we have, what a beautiful universe. Luckily, we cannot damage the universe too much, but unfortunately we can damage the earth… and we are.
#saturn #universe #stars #nightsky #chile
Travel Tips – Why You Should Always Listen To Travel Warnings
Must admit we have not always followed this travel tip in the past… but we do now.
One of our first "big" trips was to India. We found a cheap flight via Sri Lanka so we decided to start our trip there. This was before travel advisory was easily available to the public on-line so we didn´t seek any advice beforehand, just packed our bag and off we went.
When we arrived to this beautiful island, it came as a little bit of a surprise to find very few tourists there. We immediately started to plan our travel around the island and rented a driver for few days.
We wanted him to take us to a safari park but he didn´t want to go there. Instead, he wanted to take us to another park. We got little bit suspicious, was there some alternative motif behind this? Pressed for answers the driver told us that the tigers had attacked group of tourist few days ago, their guide had been killed and the park was therefore closed for tourists. We were not so sure about this explanation, if the tigers were so dangerous they must have been shot by now, right?
This is how we learned all about the Tamil Tigers... and the importance of checking travel advisories before booking a trip!
The following questions should help you to evaluate travel warnings:
1. Is the issued travel warning for the whole country or for certain regions only?
2. What do others country foreign offices say?
3. What kind of warnings are being issued?
4. Can you still get travel insurance?
5. What help is available to you if any problems should arise?
For more information:
On the top of Victoria Falls, how cool is that
Travel Tips - Our Top 10 Tips ToSave Money When Travelling
It is surprisingly easy to save some money on all aspects of travelling. Our top ten tips would be:
1. Make travel budget and follow it in principle, i.e. make sure you have enough contingency for unforeseen fun things to do or see (or you might end up ruining your vacation)
2. Alternate your spending, i.e. most of the time spend moderately, sometimes almost nothing and sometimes splurge
3. Shop around for travel deals, just make sure you are comparing apple to apple and don´t be afraid of asking for a discount (you don´t get if you don´t ask and you are likely to be surprised how often you will actually get it if you ask)
4. Compare different ways to get to your travel centre, e.g. taxi is sometimes cheaper than driving if you have to park your car at the airport
5. Compare different transport options at your travel destination, e.g. rent a car, use buses, trains, underground, taxi, cycle or the cheap and healthy option… walk
6. Shop around for the best currency rates, e.g. buying cash beforehand, with drawing money from ATM, using credit cards or prepaid currency cards
7. Bear in mind that little things can add up to big savings, look for cheap and free things to do, look for special offers, get international student card if eligible for one or city pass if on a city break, etc.
8. Many of us never add up the total cost of food and drink during our vacation. If we did, we might be shocked to find out how much this affects our daily expenditure. What and where you eat can make a big difference on how much you spend while away. The best way to save in this area tends to be to eat and drink what and where the locals do and prepare you own food in between / as often as you can
9. Never travel without travel insurance but you must consider both the price and the cover on offer. The cheapest travel insurance is not always the best choice for you but there are ways to keep the price down as much as possible for your circumstances. In principle, the more you cover, the higher the covered amount is and the lower the excess level… the higher the price you have to pay
10. For many this is the fun way to save money… if you are doing serious shopping abroad, check if you can get the VAT refunded
Finding good hairdresser can be tricky when on a round the world tour
#monkey #hair #grooming #rtw
Which Animals Have You Had For Breakfast?
No, we are not asking which animals you have eaten for breakfast. We are asking which animals you have invited for breakfast (well, or dinner).
If you have never invited animal for breakfast, we strongly recommend doing so. You are unlikely to get more grateful breakfast guest.
We have had all kinds of animals for breakfast. Of course all kind of birds. The most memorable are the pigeons in France that preferred Camembert over bread… the French do have style.
And of course all kind of dogs all over the place. The most memorable ones include the poor starving dog in the Otavalo market in Ecuador, he ate everything except the cabbage… not even starving dog eats cabbage.
Then there was the clever dog in Greece that hid some of his dinner for later. And the tiny starving puppy in Cuba, the gourmet dog in Switzerland… so many dogs and always hungry.
The more exotic animals that have joined us for dinner include squirrel, ostrich, and fox. The last one was though a mistake… we thought he was a dog!
Common, it was dark. We were camping in S-Africa and had just had our BBQ when we noticed this "dog" hanging around us in the dark. We tried to tempt him with some food but he was very timid. Finally, he took some and disappeared with it but soon came back for more. It was not until everything was finished that we realized that our dog was indeed a wild fox!
Can You Imagine Living In A Floating Village?
We visited this picturesque floating village while in Cambodia (part of our RTW tour). It is difficult to imagine how it must be to have to go everywhere by boat.
There is no popping out for a walk… our dogs would hate it. I guess we would find it pretty challenging too.
The kids though seemed to love it, swimming and jumping and laughing and waiving. Beautiful friendly people in a beautiful country.
#cambodia #floatingvillage #boy #boat
Travel Story – Searching For Desert Elephants And Himba People In Namibia
Our Namibia self-drive tour took us to Purros in northern Namibia, searching for desert elephants and people of the Himba tribe.
Traditional Himba people live in small family units, 20-30 people, and breed cattle and goats. They wear little clothes. Both sexes wear loincloths made of animal skins and are topless.
The Himba women are eye catching. They cover themselves in some kind of red mud called otjize (mixture of butterfat, ash and ochre) to protect their skin from the sun. It gives them a very distinctive reddish color (as well as distinctive smell).
Their hair is also covered in the otjize and beautifully braided. They wear lot of jewelries, including beaded anklets to protect their legs from venomous animal bites. The outcome is spectacular and they look very beautiful and graceful in their traditional Himba costume.
We also found our desert elephants… or shall we say, they found us.
For more photos and the rest of the travel story, please press the link below.
#travelstory #namibia #selfdrive #himba #elephants #desert
We Have All Heard About The Bull In A China Shop But How About An Elephant In A Market?
Once a year in Surin, Thailand, the town is full of elephants and spotting one in the market is nothing to "write home about".
This is during the amazing Elephant Round-Up festival, when elephant handlers (mahouts) meet with their elephants for few days' festival.
The atmosphere is festive and fun and everyone seemed to be having greet time…including the elephants.
This is a festival that all animal lovers will enjoy… we definitely did.
#thailand #surin #elephant #elephantroundup #market #travelstory
Travel Tips – Local Delicacy, Surin, Thailand
Locust, maggots, duck embryos and other yummy stuff
#thailand #surin #food #delicacy #insects #traveltips
Floating Village - Beautiful Cambodia
He still gets nightmares… where she gets him!
#cambodia #floatingvillage #boat
On The Top Of The World
What a great feeling :-)
#view #mountain #italy #nature
How Many People Can You Get On The Back Of A Pick-up?
When we were in Malekula (the second biggest South Pacific island of Vanuatu) we travelled everywhere on the back of pick-up trucks. Once when a truck arrived it looked more than full to us. The locals did not agree and squeezed the four of us in with them.
It turned out that there was still plenty of space left. It was not until we were X adults, Y kids and even more luggage (some of it alive) that the truck was finally considered full.
You can find out the answer in the attached article but why not take a guess first....
#travelstory #vanuatu #malekula #travelling #publictransport
Children´s Playground with a View Fit for Kings and Queens
Has anyone seen children's playground with better view?
#italy #view #landscape #playground #view
The Red Arrows
The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team know how to put on a show
#redarrows #royalairforce #airplanes #airshow
I Love Italy
In most places in the world this would be consider a gourmet shop. In Italy, this is just what a shop should look like. Can´t help loving everything about Italy.
#italy #food #gourmet #shop
Travel Stories – Bitten By A Lion
When I was working as volunteer in Namibia I was bitten by a lion. Okay it was a baby lion, but it was still a LION.
And like all cat owners know, lions (like cats) cannot be tamed so it was a WILD LION.
Luckily I lived to tell the tale…
#namibia #travelstory #lion #volunteer
TGIF – Relax – Just Do It – And All That
Everyone, have a wonderful weekend :-)
#monkey #relax #cute
The Magnificent Namibia
There is a pretty famous photograph of those trees going around (one of +National Geographic top photos 2011). It is a magnificent photo of these magnificent trees in the magnificent sand dunes in the magnificent country of Namibia.
You might have guessed it by now… I really like Namibia ;-)
#namibia #sanddunes #nature
Travel Tips For Life
"On your journey to your dream, be ready to face oasis and deserts. In both cases, don't stop"
#sanddunes #namibia #nature
The Magnificent Road To Nowhere
I have seen so many great road photos today, must be one of those theme days at Google+ (don´t know where they originate from, anyone?).
It reminded me of this photo that I have to myself called "the road to nowhere" (though strictly speaking not even a road).
When you grow older, you realize that all roads lead you somewhere, even the roads that at first seem to lead to nowhere.
This is maybe especially true about the roads we don´t necessarily realize we have chosen. If we are not careful, we might one day reach a destination we had no intention to arrive at.
Ps. from a train journey between Peru and Bolivia, South-America
#road #peru #bolivia #southamerica #landscape
Being Groomed By A Professional
It was a bit daunting how many fleas she seemed to find... and going by the sound, each and everyone seemed to be utterly delicious ;-o
You should have heard her… she was truly a professional
#monkey #cute #grooming
The Big Vegetarian Vs. Meat Eaters Debate - Conclusion?
Have you ever seen anyone enjoy his or her salad like this?
#lioness #eating #redmeat
El Tatio geyser field, Chile
Valentine's Day – Love It Or Hate It – Or Maybe Love To Hate It
Celebrating Valentine's Day is relatively new thing in Europe and people tend to either love or hate this "new" custom.
We do not celebrate Valentine's Day as I lost a loved one on this day some years ago. Anyway, we are not good at romance on command, nor in the traditional way. The hubby is not the "Roses and Chocolate" type but he treats me like a queen every day all year round and that is good enough for me (got us through 23 years so far and still counting).
I´m though going to think about romance for a while now (practice the impossible for a bit +Ivana Lepojev) and look for romantic photos to share until the Big Day next week.
None of them will be taking with romance especially in mind so I´m somewhat curious to find out what I will discover. Have the sneaky feeling that will mainly be of animals... they can be romantic too, right ;-o
#giraffe #africa #wildanimals #kissing
The Romantic Photo Of The Day
Has to be of those cuddling South African Penguins. They look so in love, don´t they?
#penguins #southafrica #cuddely
Can Cars Be Romantic?
I think these two look like a great couple…
Sunrise Are Always Romantic - Right?
Just in case that the cars don´t cut it, this beautiful Vanuatu sunrise is romantic. There cannot be any question about that?
Sunrise and sunset are beautiful, poetic, and undoubtedly romantic.
“The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.” (John Muir)
#sunset #romantic #vanuatu #malekula
Sticking With Romantic Animals
"I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven."
#seagull #birds #couple
Love Means Looking Out For Each Other
#puffins #iceland #birds #couple
Actually they are cool… literally speaking. Lizards are cold-blooded so they like to bask in the sun to warm up and increase their metabolism.
These Galapagos Iguanas look pretty close and comfy and even romantic… or am I stretching it here ;-)
#galapagos #iguana #lizards #nature
We Trying To Do Romantic
Not very good at it...
Our Favorite Romantic Photo Of Us
For us this is romantic. Travelling, visiting exotic places, experiencing new things together…
Happy Valentine's Day
#valentinesday #heart #leaf #heartshape #romantic
Spring Is In The Air
First time this year that it feels like spring might be around the corner. I feel like jumping with joy….
#kangaroo #australia #jumping
Hey, You. Yes, You. I'm Talking To You
I hope you have a wonderful weekend...
#giraffe #africa #wildanimals
Stonehenge And The Pyramids Of Giza
We live relatively close to this ancient monument so guess what… we get so many oversea visitors that want to visit that we feel we should be English Heritage Site favorite customers by now :-)
Still, every time we see this magnificent monument we feel in awe. You can´t help it when you think about how the _ _ _ _ did they do this ages ago. This is the same feeling you get when you visit the amazing Pyramids of Giza.
There is another similarity between those two famous historic sites. Both are located a bit too close to modern civilization. The outskirts of Cairo have reached the pyramids, meaning you have to be a bit cunning to avoid having some apartment buildings in your photos.
When you visit Stonehenge there is a relatively busy "country" road close by. There have been plans to move / hide it but that is not likely to happen for now.
Despite the car traffic and the ever existing tourists (it can get quite busy on good days), you can see far a field (very flat surroundings) and it is relatively easy to imagine how magical Stonehenge must have looked like ages ago.
The same applies about the Pyramids, there are tourists and touts all over the place… but it still can´t take the magic away.
Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza are, and will be, something special… something to admire… hopefully for some more ages?
Stonehenge Travel Tips
When visiting popular tourist sites bear in mind that most tourists, and especially groups of tourists, start with the most popular one. It can therefore make good sense to visit them in reverse order.
For example, many day trips from London visit Stonehenge and then go to Salisbury or Bath… so you might want to consider doing it the other way around.
Other great places relatively close to Stonehenge that many oversea visitors are not aware of include the beautiful "small" towns of Shaftesbury and Marlborough (both great choice for a proper English Afternoon Tea).
Also, the small town of Avebury is the home of the largest stone circle in Europe and nice (and much less known) alternative to Stonehenge.
#stonehenge #traveltips #avebury
It Can Be Lonely On The Way To The Top
But still worth it?
#sanddunes #namibia #sossusvlei
Nothing Will Ever Again Be Black-And-White
“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.”
Because Nothing Will Ever Again Be Black-And-White
#australia #outback #road
Do You Recognize This Car?
#car #australia #silverton #madmax
" A dog looks up to a man. A cat looks down on a man. But a patient horse looks a man in the eye and sees him as an equal" (Author Unknown)
Personally, I think that a person that believes any of above does not know much about animals. If only we were worth looking up to… or even just seen as equal.
So does that mean that cats are right?
Flying High This Weekend?
Wish you all a "high flying" weekend :-)
#flying #fly #flyinghigh
Do You Ever Wonder What Lurks Behind The Window?
Some windows are more interesting than others!
#cuba #trinidad #windows #windowwednesday curated by +Simon Kitcher +Jules Falk Hunter +Jason Kowing +Cheryl Cooper +J.J. Bentley +Tony Escobales
#cuba #havana #taxi
Bit Rusty But Still Going Strong
Know the feeling...
#rustysunday curated by +Rene Bechard
#australia #brokenhill #rusty #rustic
Knock On Wood
#welcome #door #doorsunday #knock
Because Sharing Is Caring
For +Peter From and +Lorena Masi
Thank you both
Car Side Mirror View
Cycling In Laos - With An Elephant
Jet Boat, New Zealand
Piranha Fishing, Amazon, Brazil
For The Love Of Water
"Think of your life as a waterfall; it may come crashing down at some point, it may have it's ups and downs, but in the end, it will continue to flow."
#waterfall #waterfallphotography #waterfallphotos #waterfallwednesday #hqsplandscape #hqspnature #hqspnaturephotography #hqspnaturalother #nature #naturephotography #naturephotos #iguazu #iguazuwaterfalls #iguazunationalpark #argentina #brazil #southamerica #quoteoftheday #quote #quotesonlife #traveling
Sightseeing Flight, Namibia Dunes, Africa