26 May 2020

In my opinion, the best meal of our self drive adventure in Morocco is at the historic Telouet Kasbah.  There are many amazing meals to be had in Morocco but for me this is a standout.  It is the specialty of the region and is, of course, made in an earthenware pot cal...

24 Apr 2020

When Mike and I have our turn leading one of our self drive groups through Africa, about two days before we reach the German Town of Swakopmund on Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, Mike starts talking about the seafood soup that they make at the Jetty 1905 Restaurant. The cold...

9 Apr 2020

When I first was offered this dish as a kid in Queensland by my very exotic African neighbours I thought they were weird.   I mean, who puts coconut, tomatoes, apricots, banana, nuts, chutney with mince?  Then I tucked in... well, I was an immediate fan and have enjoye...

5 Apr 2020

The first time I ever tried a “rusk” I was about 11 years old.  A family of South Africans, the McIntosh’s, moved into the same area as my family in Queensland and I remember dipping this extremely dry, but fabulous snack into a cold glass of milk after school.  They i...

2 Mar 2020

Another fun day with a great turnout and some money made for WIRES and IAPF. Thanks to Ray and John for their interesting talk on what will be happening on the photographic safari.

21 Sep 2019

Today was a rest day to explore Sa Pa.  It had rained quite a lot the night before and was a bit cloudy up high on the mountains. It was delightfully cool here - around 15-20°C.  Perfect for walking around and exploring.

I left the hotel at 7am and walked slowly up...

20 Sep 2019

Bắc Hà to Sa Pa

110 km. Left at 8.00am arrived at 2.30pm

I was offered by Sue to have some time behind the jeep’s steering wheel to have the full Vietnam jeep safari experience. 

I got it all, rain on the off road track, an exploding tyre and no spark under the hood.  She...

19 Sep 2019

Pan Hou to Bắc Hà. Left at 8.20am arrived at 4.30pm, then visited palace get to hotel at 5.15pm. Eight hours travel time 

I tried the traditional breakfast of Pho (noodles) today instead of a western breakfast.  Nice for a change.

30 minutes from the eco lodge we came ar...

18 Sep 2019

We are halfway through the trip already and we all survived the night in homestay close quarters.

Cuong took Steve and Kerry to the clinic and was successful in getting the first of the two rabies shots they needed, and we left the friendly Bui homestay around 9.15am he...

17 Sep 2019

Mèo Vạc to Hà Giang 172km. Start 8am arrive 7.15pm. 11 hours and 15 minutes travel time. 

Even though yesterday had been a long and hard day, and we had to cut our route short, this ended up being good luck!

If we had arrived in the dark last night, we would have mi...

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