Dog Bites, Rabies and a Secret Beach | Sri Lanka

To the west of Mirissa is Secret Beach which obviously isn’t a secret anymore but it was still a very pretty spot. There were actually two beaches back to back, one totally calm and shallow with rocks and fish visible in the clear water and the other wild and wavy but with dreamy turquoise and…

Seriously close wild bear encounters 

The Eagle River Road is 14 miles of beautiful winding tarmac through forest and past mountains till it abruptly ends inside the Chugach State Park. We drove to the end where numerous hikes leave from the Nature Centre. A sign warned us of a black bear stalking four hikers a few days ago and that…

Meeting rescued moose, bear and more in Alaska

We drove up and down the highway, past marshes, meadows and forest looking for wildlife and a nice spot to stay but we only found the latter. When we set off in the morning a moose was hanging out in the marsh beside the highway, hooray! We pulled over to admire her and she started…

Chinese markets selling dog meat

**WARNING GRAPHIC PHOTOS** The Guangxi region of China is well known for eating dogs and we witnessed the before and after in a meat market in Yangshuo.    The first room had colourful fruit and vegetables and a nice aroma to the air. The next room was big, filled with filthy tables covered in all…

Tapas, Churros and Crazy Bulls

Pamplona is home to the San Fermin festival, otherwise known as ‘The Running Of The Bulls’. It all takes place in summer, along with the animal rights version of ‘Running Of The Nudes’. It’s December, so clearly we missed that boat, but it sounded like a nice city to visit and I fancied doing some…

Wild Flamingos and pink lakes in France

We headed south to Camargue regional park; a vast expanse of wetland between a river and the sea. It’s home to many migratory birds, wild horses and big black bulls, but we were only there for one thing – the Flamingo. As soon as we approached the park a menacing black cloud filled the horizon….

Dracula’s Castle and a drive through the countryside

Driving around Zarnesti was a nightmare, it was Sunday market day, music was blasting out a speaker and men in matching hats were wasted by 11am in the pop up pubs. I loved it though, it reminded me of the markets in Central America, bustling with colour and culture. But, it meant certain roads were…

The Bear Necessities in Romania

We’re well and truly in bear country now. Romania has 40% of Europe’s wild bears, if we don’t see one here, our chances elsewhere are pretty slim. We drove south of Brasov to the Southern Carpathian’s where the ski village of Poiana Brasov sits at 1030m. Finally we got a piece of tranquility compared to…

Remember when: We had lunch with a Rhino

We didn’t have any bus break down’s in our entire 4 months in India. Yet the first bus we took in Nepal broke down and was deemed a piece of scrap metal. We left the other hopeful passengers and sucked up another fare on a different bus…which also broke down. Eventually, we made it to…

The Machu Picchu of Norway

After a short hike to an incredible viewpoint of the Geirangerfjord we headed back to the carpark. The whole area was stunning, the fjord itself is known as the king of fjords, and is only 20km long but it’s thin with a twisting ‘S’ shape and formidable mountains shooting up its sides. The track was…