RANDOM RAMBLINGS

Most of us are currently buggered regarding travel.  In my case I am in Wales and last week the UK government announced that anybody trying to leave the country would be fined £5000 for any unauthorised departures. I haven’t seen four of my kids in Spain and France for nearly two years. But that does not qualify. However, travelling to Europe to attend to holiday homes DOES...

DODGY TRAVEL TIPS

Hold my beer...watch this! When deciding what title to use for this epistle we discarded DUBIOUS and then DOUBTFUL, both perfectly good adjectives, before realising DODGY was perfect. In our original Code of Misconduct we declared we would not be offering classic travel advice.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTCVQJTipQ4 How to use a hammer Classic tips are really like those self help videos...

THERE REALLY ARE SOME SHIT HOLES ON OUR PLANET

This week’s blog is dedicated to the memory of ex shipmate and activist TED HOOD who recently passed away. He accompanied me to some of the places listed below. He was an all round good bloke and a fun travelling companion. R.I.P Ted. Ted Hood en-route to Antarctica. Typed on Gionny’s objectionable Olivetti Lettera 22 This quote from the really admirable Douglas Adams helps me come to terms...

SCOUTING, RESEARCH OR JUST PLAIN SPYING?

Typed on Gionny’s loathsome Olivetti Lettera 22 Scouting, research or just plain spying - I totally identify with that quote – much of my travel back in the day with Greenpeace was justified by; “We’ll need information.”  Oh, I just realised that I left you all hanging at the end of my previous episode (that would be the one entitled TRAVEL ADVICE). What was that mysterious light?...

Travel Advice

Typed on Gionny’s bloody repugnant Olivetti Lettera 22 typewriter. Go west young man. No, go east. Wait, better to go north but on the other hand maybe south would be better at this time of year – oh bugger it, just GO. Gionny met this guy standing beside his local NAB (National Australian Bank) ATM, offering shitty advice for a donation. Gionny gave him 20 bucks and he was blown away,...

HOTELS – love ‘em or hate them.

Typed on Gionny’s continuingly abhorrent Olivetti Lettera 22 Fawlty Towers would have been such fun to stay in. BUT only if Basil was there.By definition a hotel is an establishment providing accommodation, meals, and other services for travellers and tourists. They come in all shapes and sizes and cater for the rich and poor alike.  Love them or hate them they range from rich indulgence...

Signs of the times.

Typed on Gionny’s maddeningly annoying Olivetti To rant or not to rant? It is impossible to travel anywhere without being confronted by street art, graffiti and advertising. They are often real works of art but sometimes they can be downright ugly and an assault on the senses. Then of course there are the countless signs or instructions extolling us to do this or do that. OR, conversely,...

Encore des faux pas

Typed on Gionny’s repulsive Olivetti Lettera 22 More foot in mouth adventures While writing our previous blog about embarrassments I realised there was not enough space for all my foot in mouth experiences. Here’s a few more. Now I’m beginning to think there maybe enough for a book – a very large book! Encore des faux pasNot an airport in Korea but a ferry in Guatemala – but then, what...

Embarrassments

Typed on Gionny’s bloody nauseating Olivetti Lettera 22 This quote was a response from a good friend of mine, to another, who only recently discovered I was writing a travel blog. One reason to retire is to avoid embarrassment – it hasn’t actually worked! Haven’t we all experienced embarrassing moments while travelling? Those toe curling moments when you realise the implications are so...

Travelling with Chickens

Typed on Gionny’s irksome Olivetti Lettera 22 I haven’t. I mean, I haven’t been drunk on a bus. Hung-over yes. “Mad Dogs and English Men Go Out in the Mid Day Sun,” Travelling with Chickens - An intriguing view of a shop in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, selling only loofahs. In a previous blog I referred to a shooting incident in a place called San Pedro Sula. I’d travelled from the...