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Andy Smith and Emma Smart are two valiant adventurers who are driving around the entire world stopping occasionally to help out at chosen charities for a month at a time.

Trip Start: 2013-12-31 Trip End: 2012-06-01 .

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Kurentovanje

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For the last 54 years the people of Ptuj in Slovenia have been celebrating the end of winter with a festival called Kurentovanje. The 11-day rite of spring and fertility is most likely connected to Slovene mythology and Slavic Paganism.…

Back on the road

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The Toyota Hilux is renowned for its tank-like qualities, despite this, a trip like ours really takes its toll on the vehicle.  Our time back home has gave us the opportunity to do some essential work on poor Bee-bee and…

Bee-bee on the Blink

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Bee-bee certainly picks her moments… The first time she broke down was in Russia when the alternator died and the battery ran flat leaving us stranded across a railway line! Last weekend she again threw her toys from the pram…

Sarah groves AUCTION

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Back in April 2013, whilst in Morocco, I received some shocking news from home. A friend of mine had been, for no apparent reason, brutally murdered on a houseboat on Dal Lake, Kashmir. Sarah Groves was just 25 when her…

Inland Spain – escaping the hordes

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Spain is a country of contrast and often unjustly reputed as a haven for holidaymakers seeking competitive tanning, cheap lager and meals from photo-board menus. But escape the coastal concentration of package tour masses and head inland where an unspoilt,…

80 Days until 800 days!

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In 1873, Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg set off to circumnavigate the earth in 80 days on a £20,000 bet.141 years later and we’re taking a more leisurely approach, giving ourselves 800 days to travel around the world. More or less.…

80 Days until 800 days!

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In 1873, Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg set off to circumnavigate the earth in 80 days on a £20,000 bet. 141 years later and we’re taking a more leisurely approach, giving ourselves 800 days to travel around the world. More or…

TAPAS; What, With, Where, Who?

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Olive, almond, shrimp, potato, octopus, salami, chorizo, sardine, frittata, anchovy, peanut, manchego, salmon, pate, bruschetta, steak, croquette, sausage, calamari, chip. TAPASCerveca, red wine, white wine, rose wine, sparkling water, g&t, sangria, rum & coke, on the rocks, champagne, lime soda,…

TAPAS; What, With, Where, Who?

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Olive, almond, shrimp, potato, octopus, salami, chorizo, sardine, frittata, anchovy, peanut, manchego, salmon, pate, bruschetta, steak, croquette, sausage, calamari, chip. TAPAS Cerveza, red wine, white wine, rose wine, sparkling water, g&t, sangria, rum & coke, on the rocks, champagne, lime…

Costa del Shanty

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Restricted by wild camping ‘rules’ in built-up Europe we frequently succumbed to regimented official campgrounds. We discovered our single-night ‘touring’ system left us in the minority. Dominating these expanses of enclosed sandy lanes and numbered plots were row upon row…

Costa del Shanty

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Restricted by wild camping ‘rules’ in built-up Europe we frequently succumbed to regimented official campgrounds. We discovered our single-night ‘touring’ system left us in the minority. Dominating these expanses of enclosed sandy lanes and numbered plots were row upon row…

In Memory of Mum

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Regular followers of our blog will know that ‘adventuring’ has been temporarily on hold since August 2012 so we could spend some time with my parents, both of whom had been diagnosed with Cancer. Sadly on the 3rd February my…

In Memory of Mum

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Regular followers of our blog will know that ‘adventuring’ has been temporarily on hold since August 2012 so we could spend some time with my parents, both of whom had been diagnosed with Cancer. Sadly on the 3rd February my…

What’s All the Fez About?

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The gateway Bab Boujeloud stands proudly as the entrance to the ancient city of Fes, beckoning you to enter through its asymmetrical opening into the frantic bustle beyond. From here the streets taper into narrow passageways of vibrant city dwellers.…

What’s All the Fez About?

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The gateway Bab Boujeloud stands proudly as the entrance to the ancient city of Fes, beckoning you to enter through its asymmetrical opening into the frantic bustle beyond. From here the streets taper into narrow passageways of vibrant city dwellers.…

Berber Breakfast

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When travelling it’s often the spontaneous events, the unplanned, the chance meetings and getting lost which result in the most memorable experiences. When venturing disorientated through the heights of the High Atlas we found ourselves having to make a hasty…

An Unlikely Icon

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Patricio Martinez is the larger-than-life character who owns El Valle Hermosa  ‘the beautiful valley’; an eating and drinking establishment at the centre of a criss-cross sprawl of apartment blocks in the Eastern Madrid suburb of Barrio de la Concepcion. We…

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Family Matters

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Regular followers of our blog will know that late last year whilst in Mongolia our original ‘round the world’ trip had a huge change of plan when we received news that both my parents had been diagnosed with cancer. In…

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Art Rocks

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Separated by only 62 kilometres in distance but several thousand years in time, we visited two contrasting sites of ‘rock art’ in the Anti Atlas region of Morocco. Inhospitable landscapes globally have revealed carvings and paintings left by primal societies;…

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Fog on the Rif

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Morocco’s notorious Rif region, a mainly mountainous area in the north, stretching over 300km from Tangier in the west to the Melwiyya River in the east is a natural boarder between Europe and Africa. It is also an area synonymous…

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Campervan Train

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In 1956 the French left Morocco after 44-years of occupation but recent times have seen a new invasion; from the Southern Spanish Ports they come in their thousands, a campervan cavalcade marching to a victory of sunshine and low-cost campsites.…