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Logging off

Logging off

Our flight back to England leaves in just a few hours so before I log off from Two Views for good I wanted to say thanks to everybody for reading and commenting on the blog over the past six months. Thanks particularly for your kind words about some of the pictures we’ve included – although […]


Snapshots from Peru

Snapshots from Peru

Freshwater dolphins swimming alongside our boat as we journeyed through Amazonian rainforest Almost stepping on a large black snake in banana plantations around Puccalpa Watching locals dancing amidst the stalls in Cuzco’s main market Taking the extortionately expensive trans Andean explorer from Puno to Cuzco Exploring one of Lima’s many art galleries Buying woven songs […]


The Salkantay trail to Machu Picchu

The Salkantay trail to Machu Picchu

One week before returning to the UK we have finally cracked the budget travel thing. Five day treks along the Salkantay trail to Machu Picchu vary in price from two hundred to almost six hundred dollars per person. The main justification for this discrepancy appears to be that the more expensive companies take along an […]


Culinary adventures

Culinary adventures

One of the big surprises in Peru has been the amazing quality and diversity of food available. At local markets every inch of space is crammed with fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat, fish and bread. Where, as is frequently the case, the markets are built along railway lines the goods are set out on the tracks […]


Welcoming ….

Welcoming ....

    … two new people to this amazing world. Laura Grace Gilbert, and Arthur Alexander Freimanis (These flamingos are the  nearest we have to a picture of a stork)


Snapshots from Bolivia

Snapshots from Bolivia

Grilled trout from an undercover market on the edge of lake Titcaca Almost hourly displays of military might in Potosi Brass band practice in Uyuni Balaclava clad shoe cleaners in La Paz Rubbish strewn stretches of the Atacama Hotels, houses and even a bus stop made from salt Full skirted, hair plaited, ladies in bowler […]


Macabre superstitions

Macabre superstitions

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve come across some macabre Bolivian superstitions. An early morning trip to buy fruit in Potosi took me to the edge of the local meat market . Goats were piled high with their throats recently cut and whole cow heads were offered for sale. But a stranger stall caught […]


Potosi silver mine

Potosi silver mine

At 4,070 metres Potosi is the highest city in the world. It was founded in the sixteenth century by Spanish invaders and quickly became the richest and most powerful city in South America because of one thing – silver. The mountain behind the town contained an abundance of the precious metal, and wealth from mining […]


Bolivian jeep tour

Bolivian jeep tour

After crossing the border into Bolivia we spent another two days driving across the Atacama desert in a jeep shared with three other travellers – two from Germany, one from Uruguay. Barren landscapes were studded with lagoons coloured red, black, blue, green and white by the minerals they contain. Our journey ended at a graveyard […]


Top geyser

Top geyser

After Valparaiso a nine hour bus trip took us to the seaside town of La Serena, followed a day or two later by a seventeen hour bus trip to San Pedro de Atacama. The small village of San Pedro de Atacama is pleasant …very pleasant. Sitting in the middle of the driest desert on earth […]


Happy Easter…

Happy Easter...

… from the Atacama desert.


Little boxes

Little boxes

After a few days in Mendoza we decided it was time to move on.  The plan was to go to Cordoba in the North of Argentina.  Stu headed to the travel agent to book a couple of bus tickets and I headed to the supermarket to buy ingredients for a packed lunch. In general we […]


Snapshots from Argentina

Snapshots from Argentina

Late night dining Professional dog walkers in parks at dawn Huge slabs of lean steak, cooked to perfection Miles and miles of grassland Probably the best buses in the world Bob Marley, Che Guevara and the gap year crowd Butterflies of every colour and size Regular checks by unusually attractive police men and women  


Street art

Street art

The first and last time I was in Buenos Aires my good friend Susie (who I had met all of two hours earlier en-route to Patagonia) suggested an excellent way to sample the city in the single night we had there. Steak first of course, or rather steak first for me. Susie, who now eats […]


Snapshots from life on the road

Snapshots from life on the road

Tomorrow we give up our lovely Jucy Crib camper van after a fortnight on the road.  What a great way to see the country.  The important numbers … Distance covered – 2,336 km Ratio in which we took responsibility for the driving (and will therefore take responsibiliy for paying the speeding fines) – 3:1 Height […]


Happy Birthday to Stu

Happy Birthday to Stu

Stu, marking the final day of another year with a hike on Franz Josef glacier  


Exploring Fiordland

Exploring Fiordland

We’ve just spent two great days exploring New Zealand’s Fiordland.  From our campsite in Manapouri a van, a boat, a bus, and then another boat took us out through the vast Doubtful sound to the Tasman sea.  It’s supposedly one of the rainiest places on earth.  I guess we got lucky. By contrast we were […]


Two days in Middle Earth

Two days in Middle Earth

Another two days, another two walks, neither of which turned out quite as expected. The first was supposed to be a brief visit to a viewpoint from which one can see icebergs floating on a lake at the foot of the Tasman glacier – the biggest glacier in New Zealand. A leaflet from the amazing […]


Snapshots from Australia

Snapshots from Australia

Short snapshots this time, as we’ve only been here for three days.   Kangaroo pizza A meat raffle in the local pub Spicy shrimps on the barbie Battling the waves on Coogee beach Sunday surfers on Bondi beach Home comforts courtesy of Zoe and Jamie


Monsoon rains

Monsoon rains

Back in Bangkok in readiness for our flight to Oz. Looks like monsoon has arrived early. Get the latest Flash Player to see this player. [Javascript required to view Flash movie, please turn it on and refresh this page]


Snapshots from Cambodia

Snapshots from Cambodia

    Snacking on fried beef and red ants Uploading cheap films and music at Rogue Becoming addicted to unusually good coffee in Phnom Penh Passing enormous garment factories en-route to the coast Staying at hotels bearing the ‘childsafe’ kitemark to signify that they don’t tolerate child sex trafficking Tucking into fish amok (fish in […]


The temples of Angkor

The temples of Angkor

We’ve spent the last couple of days touring ten of the beautiful temples of Angkor. Built around a thousand years ago Angkor Wat itself is thought to be the biggest religious structure in the world. Sitting within a broad rectangular moat, each side of which is over a kilometre long, its three lotus shaped towers […]


A tale of darkness and light

A tale of darkness and light

We had been following a fairly well established traveller’s trail through Laos and were getting a little tired of staying in the bland backpacker ghettos that had sprung up along the way. Attempts to get off the beaten track had been thwarted by the shape of the country, poor infrastructure and over ambitious scheduling on […]


S-21 and the Killing Fields of Choeng Ek

S-21 and the Killing Fields of Choeng Ek

As a child growing up in the 70s and 80s, my impression of Cambodia was fed largely by the nine o’clock news – Khmer Rouge guerilla attacks, foreign office warnings and the strangely named Pol Pot. It didn’t mean much to me at the time and those early impressions were quickly supplanted in my adult […]



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