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From Will Thompson - Wednesday, 2nd March 2005, 10:50 (GMT)
What..
Your writing a book ?!
You dont honestly expect me to read all that do you ? LOL
you might actually enjoy it you lazy bastard. Print it off and read it on the tube. I had forgotton you have an attention span like a child with ADD
From Jonathan "fly-half" - Wednesday, 2nd March 2005, 10:51 (GMT)
Wales 11 - 9 England . Italy 8 - 38 Wales . France 18 - 24 Wales. England: played 3, lost 3. Wales on for G-Slam showdown with Ireland. Wales has a large smile on its face at present.
And look at you with your fancy volcanoes. Snowdon (or Wyddfa as it should be called) is a climb from near sea level and is there a novelty steam train in the Guatemalan mountains? Can you buy a Mars bar/pint at the top? No!
Your slow progress in mastering conversational Castilian will provide us with more entertainment over the coming months I hope. Cheers and take care.
Gareth
it will be a typical welsh performance, one catagorised by hype then choking at the occasion. I hope you win as that quarter part of me that is welsh will be able to celebrate. Hope all is going well back in blighty, by all accounts I have missed the snow storm of the decade! I have jusy had a responce from Will T re my email, just stating - you don´t expect me to read all of that do you. There is no pleasing some people. Speak soon. Later MB
From lewis - Friday, 4th March 2005, 12:05 (GMT)
Fantastic mate, I'm sure it's brilliantly writen, I'll read it when it gets published. Nice piccies though.

Course I read it, it is brilliant. Looking forward to the next one.

Good luck with the Spanish, and with the drinking to oblivion in some of the most dangerous cities in the world.
Later.
L.
Cheers Lew. Of course the drinking oblivion will continue. Drunk in all South American capital cities...now thats a title of book if ever I heard one!
From Russ - Friday, 4th March 2005, 16:05 (GMT)
Nice phots mate - and I've passed comment on the writing style already.

One question: Did you know that some sort of Central American bug seems to be nesting on your chin?

Just thought you might wanna know is all.

Russ
Some pesticide cured that one.
From lee - Saturday, 5th March 2005, 15:34 (GMT)
it's not fair..making us jealous...and william - HOW MUCH TIME DO U SPEND ON THE INTERNET EXACTLY??!!!! read it godammit!!
have fun!!!!
Better late than never...thanks for the words of support. Will take note!
From A total stranger! - Sunday, 6th March 2005, 11:19 (GMT)
Well I don't even know you and I enjoyed reading the first chapter of your epic. Very descriptive and entertaining... Will doesn't know what he's missing!

Keep having fun and living life..
From an Aussie girl who would love to be travelling again....
Total stranger, thanks for your kind words. I hope you keep reading
From patpeat - Wednesday, 16th March 2005, 16:49 (GMT)
OI, Michael Palin... keep up the good work. One of those every fortnight will keep me in reading material for the foreseeable. You might want to include a picture version of Mr Thompson tho - he's still looking half of those words up ;)
xpx
and there was me thinking that no body was writing to me...

I am still having fun and been spending my hard earned cash on lots of diving in Belize. I have pictures and will write asap. It's so expensive here to use the internet!
Hope all is well back home and take care

mbxx
From luci - Thursday, 24th March 2005, 15:35 (GMT)
Ah Marky Mark - Cambridge's answer to Paul Theroux. I really laughed at your Salsa issue. Don't worry, I think it's a universal fact that a real man can't salsa. And if he can, he shouldn't. Women only pretend to love men salsa-ing because it's hilarious to watch them try. In truth, a snake-hipped man slithering around the dance-floor is actually desperately unattractive. Right up there with Peter Stringfellow in a thong and Bernard Manning.

So Mark, one can only congratulate you on your wonderful luck.

And on your brilliant journal. It's the perfect way to spend three hours when you should be filing.

Incidentally, just back from Goa. Only a week and saw a lot of the pool, but it wasn't Gran Canaria and it's a start. I'll be hunting you down in Argentina with a backpack on my sturdy shoulders and a fond reliance on Immodium before you know it.

You're missed, Burton, but pleased you're having such an ace time.

Speak to you soon!

XX
so your still keen on Argentina?

Glad to hear Goa was fun. I would have thought it also needed a heavy reliance on Immodium.

Speak soon

MB
From Si - Wednesday, 18th May 2005, 10:24 (GMT)
Top site there Mr B! Very impressed - your embracement of the web is to be commended.
Travel plans are still going well, plan to leave in Sept.
Thought you'd appreciate this site on Salsa Steps to take your from Walrus to Stallion on the dancefloor!
http://www.geocities.com/Broa- dway/Orchestra/3202/salsa_pattern- s.htm

Anyway - I have booked some time in my calendar for this week to write you.

Keep Safe
Si
Still waiting for that email, Doy. I thought you had booked some time in your calender.
From Clod - Friday, 10th June 2005, 09:35 (GMT)
Yet again you make me jealous with your stories of travelling and diving. Very much enjoyed reading what you've been up to and think a career in writing is a possibility. have pencilled in my diary for the August issue of diver magazine. Look forward to seeing you in 3 months (or on the web cam if you are available)
Thanks mate. I just hope I haven't jinxed myself and that the editor doesn't change his mind. I should be booking my flight sometime next week.

Chau

Mark
From Pete - Tuesday, 14th June 2005, 05:55 (GMT)
Mark,
Reading your latest updates, I think you have been smoking too much of that Central American Cheebah.
You may be right!

But, only time will tell!
From Russ - Saturday, 6th August 2005, 02:22 (GMT)
Great stuff mate. Takes me back to the "proper" travelling ways of life. Mostly comprising sitting very still only moving for beer or to take a leak. What's the story? Back in the UK for two weeks? Then what?

NZ is good but hard. Maybe I'll tell you about it sometime :) Easy eh bro.
Just sent you another email. After the UK I come back here. I want to head south to Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia. A spot of diving a glacia walking maybe.
From Melissa - Thursday, 23rd June 2005, 05:56 (GMT)
It's "mis amigos" , get it right.
Will change it straight away, thanks for the tip. I need some advice on conjugating the subjunctive. Can you help?
From brenda - Monday, 27th June 2005, 16:30 (GMT)
Hello i´m brenda and i hope that you are enjoy your stay in my contry, and sorry my english is bad, but i want to tell you that your photos are wonderfull and in this moment i´m in my job, but i will read your diary from the star when i go to my home.
Bye Bye
Brenda
You have an incredble country Brenda. I feel very lucky to have visited it.

Puede escriber en espanol. Estoy aprender espanol ahora. Yo tengo que mas practicar.
From Dai - Wednesday, 29th June 2005, 10:06 (GMT)
I like yer book buddy. Sorry my english bad, Welsh is my tongue. Tride readin artecle but two long and complakated. Pleese come sea my incredibble countree too and write like Palin.
Bore da Dai!!

You should meet my friend, Welsh is his tongue too. I can have any future comments translated. Which is your country? I am in Argentina at the moment, but will be heading to South Wales on my return to England. I will try and pick up some words and get my diary translated into Welsh. Thanks for the comments.
From Erin - Wednesday, 29th June 2005, 22:04 (GMT)
What an amazing journey! I've really enjoyed your experiences. Went to Guate last year and am looking to return but would like to travel through C.A. a little nervous but reading your journal is very inspirational.
C.A. is an amazingly diverse place. I will be back one day to see more. Don´t be nervous the people are wonderfully warm and friendly. Have fun.
From Esther (Barcelona) - Saturday, 2nd July 2005, 13:56 (GMT)
Mark! es fantástico poder viajar desde casa a través de tus fotos.
Ahora necesitas escribir un email en castellano, que te parece?
Espero que todo vaya genial y me lo puedas explicar en una futura visita a Bcn.
Besos:
Esther
Hola Ester,

por favor, escribes un email en castellano. Yo entiendo mas o menos. Tengo que mirar en una dicionaria, pero me gusta la practicar.

Chau y besos

From Araceli - Saturday, 2nd July 2005, 22:47 (GMT)
Hola! Que bueno que te guste mi tierra! Vas a seguir estudiando español? Y cuando piensas regresar? Hubiera sido bueno conocerte, pareces muy buena onda. Suerte, A. Lopez
Gracias para tu anota. Estoy estudiando espanol en Buenos Aires ahora. Te tierra estuve muy incredible. Espero que vuelva!
Chau
From leonora - Sunday, 3rd July 2005, 11:49 (GMT)
AMAZING ADVENTURES!!! Thanks for sharing them - I LOVE the sea creatures - can you bring me back a turtle please? and send my love to the tortoises.
Have a ball!!! xlee x
Hi Lee,

Pacific Green or Loogerhead? I may be able to pick on up on the black market. Leave it with me. x
From Gustavo - Monday, 4th July 2005, 19:12 (GMT)
estuve viendo fotos de tu viaje. Parece el programa de Jacques Cousteau! Son increíbles.
Saludos!

Gustavo
Gracias Gusavo,

Voy a pager manaña en nuestra clase!

Chau
From Russ - Monday, 11th July 2005, 02:13 (GMT)
Can everyone stop writing in Spanish please? I don't speak the language geez...
Sorry Russ,

I just can´t stop the lingo aye.

Hope all is well in NZ aye. Hope all is well, yeah mate aye.
From luci - Tuesday, 12th July 2005, 14:20 (GMT)
I bet Mark's putting the posts in Spanish up himself. I bet they say nothing really apart from: Hello, My name is Mark. I come from England. I have one brother. I am 27 and I like skirts. Do you have a room with a shower for the night. Have you been to La Rochelle?

He's trying to dupe us readers - he's still in that youth hostel in San Francisco recovering from another College Bender and taking pictures from the Discovery Channel website. That's if he even got as far as San Fran - his story there did sound suspiciously like an episode from MTV's The Real World One. As did the 'Budding Journalist' story. Although that was more a transcription of a sub-plot in Baywatch.

Oh my GOD, It's true, he's actually still in Cambridge! Someone said they saw him in Budgens the other day, but they also saw Elvis in Morrisons so I didn't take it seriously.

Why, Burtoma? WHY WOULD YOU DO SUCH A THING?

Lots of love
Luci
XX
Okay, I will come clean. I am in fact living in Scarbourgh and working in a popular fast food restaurant chain. I speak no Spanish, except that that I have learnt from the Open University program on sunday evenings. I built up a fantasy in order to escape the constant pressures to succeed that our society demands.

I am proud to say that I have just been awarded my second gold star at the restaurant chainand am now in sole charge of ensuring the beef patties are equal sizes.

I feel so ashamed...

From Pat of Peatage - Wednesday, 13th July 2005, 16:53 (GMT)
lol - Luci, you are Sleuth Supreme! But actually, I think Mark's in Brazil:
http://go.reuters.co.uk/newsA- rticle.jhtml?type=oddlyEnoughNews- &storyID=9047823&src=eDialog/GetC- ontent
(Apols if truncated - you know what to do)
Mark, we're having a Sheffield gathering this weekend. You will be sorely missed! :( We'll have a drink and a strum on the guitar for you. Keep on blogging, loving your work dahling xpx
Miss Peats, what have you sent me? I was unable to open it. The administrator disabled the contection due to pornografic content!

Say hello to everyone in Sheffield. Tell Vicky that I am still waiting for an email from her.

XX
From brenda - Thursday, 14th July 2005, 14:39 (GMT)
hola Mark!! los lugares que visitaste son alucinantes, espero que los argentinos te estemos tratando muy bien y que vuelvas a visitarnos pronto, Que opinas de las mujeres Argentinas??
saludos
Hola brenda,

Mandete una email. ¿ La Receibes?

Chau
From Baker - Saturday, 23rd July 2005, 23:32 (GMT)
What do you mean, "That only an American would appreciate"???!

As you know from Placencia, I'm a very refined diver- despite being from the colonies...
Yee haaa!

I saw me a big fish in that there ocean. I'm gonna shot it!

Present company accepted, of course.