Having a blast in the karsts – Lan Ha Bay, Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island

After some internet research and pounding the Hanoi pavement, we decided that we wanted to do two nights out on the water to allow us to get away from the crowds and also to give us some time to explore Cat Ba Island National Park. We settled on a two day three night trip through … Continue reading Having a blast in the karsts – Lan Ha Bay, Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island

Prambanan, Merapi and James gets a new job at Alfamart

The names Yogyakarta, Borobudur and Prambanan are nearly always uttered in the same breath; if you visit one, chances are you visit them all.  Like Borobudur, Prambanan is also UNESCO listed and is also dazzlingly impressive. This time, we did not need to venture out while it was still dark and had a more leisurely … Continue reading Prambanan, Merapi and James gets a new job at Alfamart

Castles and gorges in Slovakia, a slight hiccup at the Romanian border and an impromptu overnight stay in Hungary

Due to the miserable weather in Zakopane, we carried on south through to the Slovakian side of Tatras Mountains where, predictably, it was still fairly miserable but the scenery that we could see was really dramatic and what would have been a damp and unpleasant hike was in fact a lovely drive. As we progressed … Continue reading Castles and gorges in Slovakia, a slight hiccup at the Romanian border and an impromptu overnight stay in Hungary