Indulgent Rover

Sunshine in Santiago

G and I have just flown over the snowcapped Andes to arrive in a very sunny Santiago….such a contrast from Edinburgh in December and being catapulted out of christmas…actually quite the right thing to do! We have been decompressing and drifting through some sightseeing in the city interspersed with cafe …

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Pura Vida – Costa Rica

In preparation for my trip around South America I decided it would be a good idea to learn a bit of Spanish so I set about it with some energy in Edinburgh with a very nice teacher called Natalie, however it became clear that a class twice a week was …

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You cannae shove your granny of a bus

Unless you are attempting to cross the border in a vehicle between Russia and the Mongolian Altai mountains at Tashanta…. We arrived in plenty of time at the border having camped quite close by and there were only a few vehicles in front of us in the queue. There were …

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Delhi, Karims and the red fort

Often in this blog I have tended to comment or post about the tough days, I guess because I think these are the more unusual for family and friends and more important for the record of the trip which are the two main purposes of the blog.  Just for contrast …

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Rituals and old ways

As we were navigating our way across the Mongolian landscapes across light tracks which often just disappeared..I was reminded of one of my favourite books by Robert Macfarlane called The Old Ways which follows the tracks, drove roads and paths that form an ancient network of routes in the UK. When we …

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Camp domestics on the road

It is important when on the road to keep up with sorting out the camp domestics such as shopping, fridge arrangements, cupboard stocking, clothes washing (and drying!) and being microbiology monitor….(I took this role much more seriously than G…possibly because I spend most of my working life researching parasites and …

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A surprise Naadam

While driving across a mountain road trying to navigate our way to Ulaangom in the Uvs province of Mongolia, we turned a corner and suddenly found ourselves in the midst of a village Naadam festival…all the more surprising as we had hardly seen any other vehicles or people on our …

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