Our scariest moments


We lived through a lot of different emotions on this trip. Everything was amplified – joy, boredom, the sense of freedom, loneliness, fun. The purest emotion of all though, was undiluted terror. Here are our ‘top’ ten moments, in chronological order…   Gerry 180’s the car in Costa Rica Yes, after hours of experience, I […]

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Back in England!


We re-jigged our trip a little to catch a small break in England before meeting Lou in Istanbul. The air was cool and welcoming, the grass was soft, the flowers rising out of the earth to meet us. We fitted in a lot of hassle-free, internet-rich schooling, many trapeezing trips, Renaissance-educating in London, and endless […]

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You can look at a map of a city and it all makes perfect sense. You immediately conjure up visions of strolling along the wide boulevards, popping into conveniently places landmarks from time to time, before summoning a handily waiting tuk tuk for the short ride home. Then you arrive at the city and it’s […]

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The train to Bangkok


Getting train tickets from Chiang Mai to Bangkok required charm, persistence, and many return journeys to our guest house. The unsmiling ticket guy relieved the tedium of his day by playing power games with the hapless, hopeful, red-faced, backpack touting tourists.   It almost felt like a disappointment to him when nothing prevented him from booking […]

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Sacha’s Hobbiton


  Today we went to visit Hobbiton, the film set of the Hobbit village in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. What I am instantly going to say is that I wish I could be a hobbit now, and live there. The little houses were all so cute and squat, and they were […]

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By Luke We went to Hobbiton, the main part of the Hobbit movie set, where they filmed The Hobbit and all the Lord of The Rings movies. The movie director was called Peter Jackson and he planned the whole set to be like the books described. The set was built on a farm because there […]

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On Saturday we went luging on top of the mountain. Luging is sort of like bobsled, but there is only one person in in each thing and you steer it yourself, you don’t just use the walls, oh and it’s not as dangerous. We didn’t luge on snow, (our luges had a wheel). We also […]

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The Mythical Moa

The majesty of the moa has been long forgotten. Ask anyone “do you know about the kiwi bird?” and they will most likely say “Of course! Who doesn’t?” But ask anyone “Do you know about the moa?” and they will say “Is that a type of dolphin?” or something equally ridiculous. The moa was, in […]

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