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Archive for June, 2009

Kindness of Strangers

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Twice already I have had people come up and ask to have their photos taken with me. And when I was stopped for petrol someone came up and said if I was passing through their town I was welcome to stay the night. At first I thought I wouldn’t as that it might be a […]

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Back on my Bike

Monday, June 29th, 2009

It was time to leave my sheltered nest and head out on my own. Many thanks to my host Fernando, his son Phillipe and his girlfriend Isabella for letting me store my bike, making me feel at home, providing me with a route and contacts throughout Colombia and giving me a great welcome to Colombia! […]

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Mud Bath in a Volcano

Monday, June 29th, 2009

The second day of my bike recovery program I rode without luggage to a mud volcano, Volcán de Lodo El Totumo, where you can climb into mud that is so thick that the furthest I could sink into it was my chest. I only got stopped by the police once and this time I had […]

Posted in Colombia | 3 Comments »


Colombian Cops

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

I must admit that I am quite nervous about riding the bike again (even though after spending 60 hours straight on public transport getting back from Trinidad I am also glad I am riding). I am always a little bit apprehensive riding in a new country before you know what the other drivers are like […]

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Trinidad to Venezuela

Friday, June 26th, 2009

On the ferry I befriended a young American girl who is going to Venezuela to do her thesis on oil and it’s effects on Venezuelan politics. As it was her first time in Venezuela I showed her the ropes. Where to buy her bus ticket (someone’s house), where to change money (bookshop), where to have […]

Posted in Trinidad and Tobago | 1 Comment »


Pulled up by the Police

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

On the way to catch the ferry we were pulled up by the police for turning left between 6:30-8:30am. Pretty much everyone missed the road sign. Everyone got away with a warning after one of the women started crying about how unfair it was. I would be pretty happy if this was the only time […]

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T&T The Video

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Mostly the turtles with a lizard and a bit of goat racing at the end.

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Liming in Tobago

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

The word lime is used to describe partying in TnT which we did at the Sunday School in Tobago. Though it is a bit like being back in time as all the songs seem to be islandised remakes. As well as getting in some beach time we went diving, bird watching, watched goat racing, and […]

Posted in Trinidad and Tobago | 1 Comment »


Turtles and Trinidad

Monday, June 15th, 2009

We spent one week in Trinidad and one week in Tobago. In Trinidad we visited Pitch Lake, one of three bitumen lakes in the world and where they mine 250 tonnes of bitumen a day which is exported and used in making roads all over the world. A mangrove swamp tour to see hundreds of […]

Posted in Trinidad and Tobago | 1 Comment »


Cost of the Ferry between Venezuela and Trinidad

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

I just arrived in Trinidad where Steve is meeting me for a two week holiday, within a break, within a trip. I know it is a hard life. But necessary for my bike trip as he is bringing over some custom earplugs as my ones are broken and I can’t do the rest of my […]

Posted in Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela | 1 Comment »


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