Nature, culture, wildlife: all important elements which make travel enjoyable. But for Jamie and me, it’s the people who make it memorable.
Living among the ruins, in immaculate shanty lean-tos or plastic and corrugated iron shacks are some of the friendliest and most inquisitive people we have met during our sojourn by boat.
Esper’s bow disappeared under water, shooting the sea into the cockpit. I was astonished at how warm it was. Jamie released the sails, then furled them, to give the wind a smaller target. His hands bled from rope burns, and the din of whipping lines and snapping canvas made me flinch. But we were upright.
The Bradt/Independent on Sunday travel writing competition is one of the most important in the calendar. In 2014 the Itinerant Writers Club had five entries in the top 14 positions, and six in the top 20. Two of our members are in the final
Ban those adverbs! Only use “said” to denote speech! Don’t use exclamation marks! OK.
“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.” The late novelist, Elmore Leonard, on good writing.
Esper came equipped with a swimming platform on the stern. Even so, it’s still a struggle to haul yourself up. For humans, there is a fold-down ladder. But cats don’t have our dexterity, so we added a rope ladder to make the job easier. The next question was would Millie be able to find and use the rope?
Pong’s child-sized body bends like a master yogi into the smallest spaces on the boat. Often, when I go below to see what he and his sons are up to, it takes a moment for me to find them. Sitting, cross-legged, on a small shelf by our bed, or inside the space where our cooker used to be, they apply delicate wooden veneer.
You’ll need energy for all the sight-seeing, but don’t worry, Penang was at the top of Lonely Planet’s best places to eat in 2014. And there’s no need to dress up to go out because the best food is found on the streets and in the hawker markets.
Wanderlust is “…hunting for exceptional photos from every corner or our planet, taken by discerning travellers like you. So rummage through memory cards, develop old films: if you’ve got pictures that you think are in with a chance, we want to see them!”
PNG UK Tourism have teamed up with Wanderlust Magazine in this fantastic competition for bloggers. The chosen blogger of the month will win either an iPad or GoPro. Then, in December, the best of the monthly winners will be crowned PNGTPA ‘Blogging Ambassador’, clinching a trip for two to PNG.
Planning to rent a scooter in Thailand? Remember, in Thailand, vehicles drive on the left. Most of the time. Before you go, learn the 20 unwritten rules of the road.
When asked what he did after the end of the war, he said “I think I was drunk for about five years”.
His daughter, born in 1928, ten years after the end of the war, grew up with the sound of her Dad “screaming from nightmares about being back in the trenches, most nights”.