Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Back in KL now and counting down the days till we hit OZ... although loving what this city has to offer also!
KL is a real fusion of several cultures. We're staying in the centre of Chinatown - which is chaotic to say the least with endless street vendor and hawkers selling all kinds of cheap clothes, cds, food etc. We (well more Sean) gouged and covered himself with a massive serve of chilli crab last night - mmmmm, a real local specialty.
There is also a big Indian community here and for parts of the town we could swear we were back in Bangalore or Mumbai. The city is also quite western in parts, giving a truely mixed flavour.
Our last few days in Borneo were spent seeing the sights of KK (Kota Kinabalu) and relaxing on the local islands. We didnt end up climbing the mountain - that will have to wait for another day.
Anyway 3 days till we hit OZ - For those in and around Brisvegas, we'll see u soon.
PS have updated some photos from our last 2 weeks in Malaysia.
Location: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Our latest update is brought to u from Sabah, in the north of Borneo. We fly into KK this morning after spending the last 5 days in Kuching, Sarawak or southern Malaysian Borneo.
The Kuching area was really good with plenty to while the days away. We've been on the trail of the Orang Utan, known here as the "wild man of Borneo". These endangered apes are a whole lot bigger, hairyer and nimble than i imagined! We have also done some jungle trekking and spotted Probiscous Monkeys - also an endangered species. The wildlife here in the jungle is real interesting. Still yet to come across a 1.0 metre diameter raffelia flower - hopefully one will bloom b4 we leave.
Only 6 days b4 we hit OZ shores - looking forward to catching up with everyone soon! I'll get some up to date photos on the site next week.
Sean + Jo.
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Quick update from Malaysia here. We departed London town for the last time on saturday.. a sad moment for all. The last few days we have been soaking up equitorial rays and generally loving being back in Asia. We have been on Perhentian Is off the east coast. Sean has been diving and jo sunbaking and generally taking it pretty easy. We fly accross to Borneo tonight to Kuching.
I'll write a longer update when i get the chance.
Hope all is well!!
Sean + Jo
Location: Marrakech, Morocco
We have arrived back in Marakkech this afternoon after a sweaty train trip down from Rabat. Add to the broken air con the fact we abstained from any food or water for the 5 long hour jouney in respect for the others around us toughing out ramadan and it was a grueling trip!
Note - I (Sean) learnt the hard way with ramadan eating in Fes when the chocolate eclair bought from the local patisserie just looked too good to wait for returning to the hotel. Upon finding what i THOUGHT was a safe place tucked down a narrow alley in the medina i chowed into it only to encounter not only one but two separate 'ramadan police' - aka hungry locals who not so politly told me to refrain from eating in the street! Needless to say we did our best to hold out on the train...
Fes was a interesting kinda city - its famous medina sprawled for seemingly miles. We did as any tourist does and visited the tannerys - basically where they treat and colour leather literally straight off the cows back. Picture guys up to their wastes in a mixture of cowhides, entrails, coloured dyes and countless other chemicals... hmmm.
Next stop was Rabat - the countries capital and a welcome change from the hustle of Fes. Quite a chilled city actually considering its the capital. We opted for a stop here over casablanca and were glad we did.
We have only 1 day left here before we head back to London. i,ll fully update with some photos when we get there.
Hope all is well.
Sean n jo
Location: Azrou, Morocco
Our Maroc adventure continues to roll on - diary entrys have been as sparse as we have been ploughing through the morrocan sahara over the last week. The desert is amazing - so many different landscapes. We have hired a car and are braving the crazy morrocan roads - or rather crazy moroccan people. Already we have been ransomed by a group of 7 year olds hunting out candy - twice; have been spat at by a disgruntled man charging towards us carrying two pet lizards... hmmm; have nearly cleaned up a couple of donkeys and wayward cyclists and have nearly been cleaned up ourselves by the maniac truck drivers carrying loads twice the height of their own truck!
But things are great nonetheless! We have found Morocco to be an awesome country with the vast majority of people being geniunely friendly. We have certainly had our fill of tagines and endless cup of mint tea. We are currently in the month of Ramadan here so we have found it a bit difficult during the day to get food - it seems everyone hibernates through the day and it all comes alive after nightfall - i think they must pretty much eat all night here - cant say i blame them though!
We have left the desert behind us now and are in the Middle Atlas. We are heading to Fes tomorrow before taking in the cities Meknes and Rabat on our way back to Marrakech.
Anyway, hope all is well with all.
Sean + Jo
Location: Ouarzazate, Morocco
Ssalaamu Lekum (peace upon you)
We have now left Croatia and after a night òn the town for Sandos Birthday (hope you had a good one mate), we have reached our next location, Morocco.
It has been unexpectedly chilled out. We have come across few areas where the bussle and hassle compares to the happenings of our asian travels. Where there has been hassle, they lack the persistence. The people are exceptionally welcoming.
Despite this the main square of Marrakech did not fall short on snake charmers, chained monkeys, musical and acrobatic performers, storytellers, henna artists, food vendors and beggars.
My stomach has already had one turnover of the local cuisine (tagines, couscous and tomato salad spiced with tumeric, black pepper and cumin) but this was only minor by comparison.
We now have our own wheels and are on our way to Zagor.
We hope everyone is in good spirits at home. Cheers for all the emails.
Jo + Sean
Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Well after much cursing and swearing i've finally got some photos on our page - seems that the computers here are from the stoneage or something... !!Click on the links on the right to see them...
Location: Dubrovinik, Croatia
Well guys, I've let Sean take the lead so far with our diary entries but I can't complain, he keeps everyone entertained. Dubrovinik is pretty darn amazing as are all the places we have been to and the travelling has been pretty easy going, as travelling backpacker style goes. Dec & Jill can't wait to here your travel stories. Sara hope all is well and the Bundy hasn't become your best friend just yet. As for Sharne & Jay who we are supposed to be meeting here today...WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU TWO?
Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Today's update comes from the sunny (and windy) shores of Dubrovnik. We arrived here last night after a couple of days spent in the neighbouring country of Montenegro. Our time albeit brief in Montenegro was fun - we stayed in a little old town called Kotor which sat on the edge of a nice bay surrounded by towering mountains. the town is gaurded by fortress walls which climb the mountainside around the town. A steep climb up the fort walls paid off with stunning views accross the bay. The Montenegran people we found to be genuinely friendly, humble and very proud of their independance. It seems hard to believe that conflict was so recent here, although the war damaged buildings was evident in many areas.
Then it was onto Dubrovnik - everyone who seems to come here rates it as one of their favourites and we can see why. The old town juts defiently out into the Adriatic Sea - towering mighty with its solid fortified walls encapsulating the city. We're staying with a family just outside the fort walls overlooking the coast - awesome location. The family are half Montenegran, half Bosnian and living in Croatia - an example of the harmony that now exists here. We'll be spending the next couple of days here before travelling to Split where we return to London en route to Morocco.
Till then, Dovidenja!
Zdravo do Croatia! (that ones for u MC!!!)
Well 5 days into our trip sees us on Korcula Island - another island on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. Life is very chilled here - days have mainly been spent cruising along the shores of these beautiful islands by day and devouring awesome food by nite - not to mention indulging in the deadly cocktails by the pint glass in Hvar town - did i say deadly?!?
The old towns here are quite striking - typical medit. limestone blgs with clay tiled roofs clustered beside the clear blue water of the coast (im working on my budding travel agent career here!) Walking through the marble paved narrow streets feels like another world...
We had a bit of a laugh yesterday when Jo recieved a bit of attention from a local while on the bus - well actually he was an 80 yo local who promply showed her to a seat, offered her the window seat and then proceeded to sit beside her, leaving Sean standing in the aisle! His develish smile said it all...
Anyway, lovin Croatia - easy travel, good food, good beer, great weather - all good.
Sean n Jo
Location: Hvar Island, Croatia
Let the holidayz begin..! Left old London town and touched down in Split, Croatia yesterday. Made a b-line straight to Hvar Island - The place is beautiful -crystal clear water and SUNNY and WARM! Have to say dodgy computer keyboards though - why do they have to mess with those letters!! Anyway not much to report yet - watch this space for updates as we take on Croatia, morocco and Malaysia over the nxt 7 weeks..
Sean n Jo.