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India on my Mind

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I dream of travel. My nights are spent luxuriating on the beach in Mexico, eating my weight in SE Asian street noodles, being awoken long before dawn by the roar of an African lion. Sometimes my dreams aren’t quite as…

RED ROCK BURNOUT!

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It can happen at anytime to anyone. Long term travelers succumb most easily because of the sheer intensity they experience regularly, but anyone can experience burnout. Whether it be cathedral/museum burnout on a two-week marathon through Europe, or, in my…

Believing in More

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Certain places possess a vibe that can be unexplainable. A power to draw you in so that you only sit in wonder. Such places transcend the modern and cause you to wholeheartedly embrace a higher being, whether you call it…

Embracing Serendipity

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I sat in the rickshaw, trying to think of anything cool, sweating profusely in the mid-afternoon heat of Southern India. Jim was in yet another seedy hotel, searching for an acceptable room, a dismal possibility, even according to Lonely Planet.…

In Search of a Dream

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I could feel the sun beating down, in spite of the protection the sunshade above offered. May flies danced on the water as Aspen napped on my feet and Porter fretted over a passing beetle. It was a day filled…

Comrades

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Sunday June 1st saw the 89th running of the Comrades Marathon, an ultra-marathon between Pietermaritzberg and Durban. It is touted as one of the toughest ultra-marathons in the world, alternating each year with an up and down run. This year was a…

Swaziland

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After crossing the Oshoek border crossing into Swaziland from South Africa, we made our way to the Malolotja Nature Reserve. Malolotja is in the highveld on the edge of the Drakensburg mountain range. The nature reserve was lovely with hiking…

UP ~ A Love Story

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Two young kids, longing for adventure, meet up in an abandoned house, the lone members of the “Spirit of Adventure” club. They grow up, marry, and dream of traveling to Paradise Falls in South America. But, reality intervenes, and each…

Great Game Over – Leg 5 & Expedition Complete!!

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Mission accomplished outside the RGS (London, UK) Hi All, Boris, Kiwi Ted and I arrived back at the gates of the Royal Geographical Society in London on Saturday 1st February 2014 at midday. The fifth leg of the journey was short…

Winter Camping at it’s Best

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We are not shy about proclaiming our great love for off-season camping. Nearly empty campgrounds and open beaches bring a smile to our face and joy to our heart. Add in a full moon, mid-50′s temps and no rain (in…

An Enemy named Time.

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To be more accurate, my enemy of late is named the lack of time. Recently I wrote about finding balance and was starting to feel I was on the right track. Then Jim and I both got sick AGAIN, as in for the…

Lingering in Lovina

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Meester Jeem, Meester Jeem. Eat here, Eat here! Each night, the calls from the local restaurants followed us down the street. Wherever we travel, few can pronounce my name, but Jim seems to be universally understood. In post bombing Bali, tourists…

Happy New Year from Big O’s Adventures

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Happy New Year from Kiwi Ted, Boris & the Big O Happy New Year from Dogubayazit, Turkey. Affectionately known as Dog Biscuit.  It’s been a brilliant year full of adventure, mystery and surprises. With so many events that I could…

In Pursuit of Balance

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BALANCE - We all search for it in our lives. The ancient Indian principles of Ayurveda focuses on finding it. In Eat,Pray,Love, Liz Gilbert travels to three continents in search for it. Most of the time, I feel relatively balanced, but…

Meeting Dorothy Inglis

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As the woman in front of us at Costco talked to Jim about her love of the memory foam pillows we were purchasing, I was fading in and out, thinking of what needed to be done when we arrived home…

Introducing The Great Game Expedition Team

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Often it is the unsung heroes behind the scenes, that make adventures like mine a real success. Many people have contributed in a variety of ways, but without these guys help I would still be sitting in my lounge in…

The Stans in Summary

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Karakum Desert (Turkmenistan) It seemed like an age since I got off the ferry in Turkmenbashi and started Leg 2 of the expedition. 45 days had flown by and ‘The Stans’ hadn’t disappointed. The friendliness of the people stands out…

Missing Mexico

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It’s been three months since we left and I miss it. There is something about this place that always draws me back. We’ve seen a lot of changes over the years, but the appeal never fades. In spite of the…

Dear Life…..

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A short time ago my friend Kim, from So-Many-Places, wrote a beautiful piece on what she was grateful for and invited others to share their thoughts. In this time of negative news, it is more important than ever to remember…