South Africa · 176 Days · 150 Moments · February 2015

Samantha Rayner

Sam and Joe's travels!!!

21 August 2015

The time has come ๐Ÿ˜” . It's all over now. I can say we have both had the most amazing experience travelling through each country seeing all the the different cultures, trying new foods, meeting new people etc. We have had lots of incredible and unforgettable moments. Happy times and sad times because of always meeting new people and then having to say bye to them. I'm so happy we both have done this trip together. โ˜บ๏ธโค๏ธ

19 August 2015

Well our trip is almost over. We are now onboard our first train (to Milan). We have both enjoyed Rome. Both don't have a huge interest in the history but it's a nice city to walk around. Better than Paris although it does have the advantage of not being in France. I enjoyed the coffee and tiramisu even though I am a full convert to Arabic coffee. Stay tuned for emotional last journi post!

18 August 2015

Joe has just broken the curtain rail and can't work out how to put it back on the wall, the rail is smaller than the wall! And I'm just laughing at him it was just very funny ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™Š
Turns out it wasn't just me who had a plan to miss the queues and go in the afternoon! Better be worth it. The queue moved quickly and after I had a row with some people who didn't understand the concept of a queue, we got in. We didn't have enough cash to get into anything so we just visited the church. Big. After we went to the fountain (which was having work done) Paid 12 euros for a frozen pizza (knew we should of gone for the Chinese). Then went to the victor emmanuel monument where I had a coffee and a tiramisu which was essentially diabetes in a glass. Sam wants to go back to get pictures at night, so I'll upload some more later.

17 August 2015

Today we went to the colosseum. Queues bricks and selfie sticks. After that we went to the Jewish ghetto. Feeling home sick from Jerusalem, we had a familiar lunch :). We then went to the great synagogue. Huge and we had a good guide tell us about the community in Rome. After that we got the metro and saw some steps. I'm not sure if the thousands of people there saw something I didn't but to me they were just steps. We then wandered through the streets looking through the shop windows of Gucci, Versace etc, like hundreds of tiny tims pressing our faces up to the glass to be met with looks of pure distain... Ok maybe I'm exaggerating. We got back and decided to head of for some authentic Korean food. Good stuff!

16 August 2015

We have arrived in Rome. After a โ‚ฌ70 taxi ride to our hostel, we got in at about 5. We had some pasta for breakfast/lunch, which was alright apart from having essence of puke on it (parmesan cheese). Clearly Hebrew has got into my brain because I keep answering people with it! No doubt that will wear off soon. I will upload some pictures,including our celebration dinner! I just need to take some first... Ok so I forgot to take pictures but it was a nice Indian and peroni!

15 August 2015

Last day in Israel today. We are currently in the airport waiting for our delayed flight. 22:05 has turned into 23:45 :). We will arrive in Rome at 04:00 I guess. Defiantly sad to be leaving Israel, we both have enjoyed our time here and look forward to returning. That said, it feels like a good time to head off. Doing a trip this big has its pros and cons. One of the cons being you meet so many people and spend a lot of time with them. Then of corse you all have to head your separate ways to continue the same cycle in your new destination. We are confident we will see a couple of them again. So now off to trade hummus for pasta! O, the picture of the flight list, is in Hebrew. Enjoy working it all out.Brilliant pictures I have taken I know. You can compliment me when I return.

13 August 2015

Yesterday we went to a military museum. It's actually one of the hill tops that was fought over in 1967. Jordanian trenches and Israeli tanks were left over. Really good little museum and we watched a very good film explaining the fight for Jerusalem. It had a model of the Jerusalem area and as the film described locations, it lite up the area on the model/map.

12 August 2015

Wednesday we were scratching our heads thinking of something to do. We decided to take a walk along the ramparts surrounding the old city. Good views and nice to see it from above. We couldn't go all the way round as they don't let you near the Temple Mount (golden dome). We heard some gun shots and explosions while we were up there. Heard later that there was abit of Rock throwing going on. All got cleared up pretty quickly....

10 August 2015

Today we visited the Israel museum. We walked around and acted intelligent, looking interested at 1000 year old rocks and stuff. We both laughed at the naked statues, took some pictures and then left. Worthwhile experience and I'm sure mum is proud :). Now more importantly, I've put up a picture of two heavenly things. The pastry is called a rugaler and its like an undercooked chocolate...thing. It's a European Jewish pastry. The pot of gold stuff is called amba and is an Iraqi sauce made of pickled mango and curry powder. Both are amazing. The later is the equivalent of heroin for me, totally transforms a shawarma.
Tut tut Joe!!!! ๐Ÿ™Š

7 August 2015

After the Golan heights we headed to tel aviv for 4 days. If I'm honest, it was to watch the football mainly plus Sam is partial to doing naff all on a beach for hours on end! Hostel was noisy and full of youngsters getting drunk. Good if your into that sort of carry on but we are far to old for those shenanigans. We decided to head back to our spiritual home of Jerusalem! Love this hostel but we are missing our former company here, Randi, who's currently in Cyprus. Shame they won't let us volunteer here as we are a couple :(. O, this picture of cars is a demonstration of bad parking here! Bang in the middle of the road.

5 August 2015

Today we went for a hike with a couple from Switzerland. Very hot and long but the pools and waterfalls provided a nice break. As Well as Sam having some water poured over her head! Afterwords we went to a farm where they make goats cheese. Very nice. We were awoken to loud explosions and felt the floor rumble. They were (I think) controlled explosions of mines. Huge army presence up here and they look prepared for a war. Lots of military excersises near by aswell. Good fun!

4 August 2015

Just some pictures from our hostel and a chocolate factory we visited after mount bental. It ran out of chocolate for my milkshake....
We arrived in our hostel in the Golan heights yesterday. We have been here 24hrs and have already hitchhiked 3 really is the done thing! Today we went to mount bental which has a great view over Syria. Unfortunately it's been a Hazy day so we couldn't see to far. We did see a Syrian town pretty well and the remains of an old one. Sometimes you can watch the fighting from where we were! Today seemed calm however. There were some old bunkers from when Israel was fighting Syria. They are still at war but they both signed a ceasefire in 1972. The un are all over the place but have a temporary lookout from bental. They only go if they need to monitor something from there... There is another hill next to us but it's only for military, we saw some tanks stationed at the foot of it. We overheard that from mount hermon (further north) the army can view a newspaper from Damascus!It's only 25 miles away. Safe to say, the army are everywhere here and some heavy weapons about.

2 August 2015

Which ever hat Joe puts on it always looks good on him he's considering getting one of these hats. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿปโ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฒ๐Ÿผ
Saturday night and as of sundown, it's the end of the sabbath. Randi our American friend is heading to Cyprus on Monday so thought it would be good to head to old city with us and some other people. On the way back we came across another March so decided to stick around. It was a pride march in solidarity with the people stabbed plus an end to violence after the West Bank incident. Police everywhere and they weren't letting Orthodox Jews through which caused some issues...

31 July 2015

We arrived back in Jerusalem a couple of days ago. I got to have my oatmeal stout beer again at the hostel bar! Jerusalem has defiantly heated up, temperature and people. No doubt you would of heard about the stabbing at the pride march. We were actually going to attend but we got talking and drinking abit to long with our friend randi, so missed it. Probably a good job we did. Also the horrific attack in the West Bank where an 11 month year old Palestinian baby died from an arson attack. The government have been battling some of the settlers in recent days and this seems to of been a response to that by some settler terrorists. The old city today was tense as the Israeli police have closed the al asqa mosque (golden dome) amid fears of protests. Obviously this causes anger. Sam got very worried, so We got out of there. It was minor arguments between police and Muslims but later is when it will probably heat up. Police and camera crews are at the ready!

28 July 2015

Last day before we head back to Jerusalem. Funnily enough it's probably been the toughest work wise! Overall we have both really enjoyed it here and have felt part of the family. It's a great project and a great family who have had us. We both want to visit again when back in Israel to see how things are going plus to say hi to Louie the dog! I'm defiantly looking forward to eating some meat. I've had tin sardines and the odd meal out, o and some sandwich meat I got from the shop but meat isn't really included in the budget for workers. There is a KFC in Bethlehem and im considering crossing the checkpoint just to grab a bucket! Anyway... We both wanted to go to the golan but the bus rides are a pain and we both really just want to relax for a few days. No doubt we will pop up there before we leave.

26 July 2015

Today we had ofir take us to Akko after a morning of work. Akko has a lot of crusader history and lots of historic sights and tunnels. More importantly I had the best knafir I've had so far. It's an arab desert made of goats cheese, pastry, nuts and syrup. On the way back we saw a tank which I thought was cool but ofir tells me pretty much every Israeli has been in a tank at least once, so not so cool I guess! Amiram and his wife Tilder and their son went to visit their other son in the south as his wife was giving birth but there were complications. Luckily we got a phone call while in Akko to tell us that she had given birth to a little boy. I also sorted my infected toe and had knafir so I guess it was a good day all round!

18 July 2015

Saturday was our day off so we decided to go to Haifa. We took youster (that's how you say it, probably not how you spell it...) to the gardens as she hadn't been yet. After I found an Angus meat restaurant so I filled up on meat (our food is veggie but I do get canned sardines). I will also be buying some meat for myself :). Anyway, we then met up with ofil who took us to an unknown area containing British bunkers/trenches from ww2. They over look the north of Israel and you can just about see into Lebanon. Apparently the British thought the nazis may attack from the north, hence the location. He has been writing to the government to open it as a tourist attraction etc. It also seems Israelis arnt as anti British as I thought (we have a good chunk of responsibility for the conflict today). He told us about how thankful they are about the fact we built a decent train track etc. Shame they haven't taken onboard our queuing etiquette!

17 July 2015

We are now on our new farm. It has 900 olive trees and is 11 Akers. Fig trees, carob trees and a load of herbs also grow here. Some grapes also. It is located between two Arab towns with a Jewish village next door. It was set up by a Jewish couple who lost their 20 year old son to a terror shooting in 2002. The idea behind it, is it is a place where Jews and Arabs can meet and learn about agriculture or just meet in general. Amiram the owner is currently in talks to get former idf soldiers and Palestinians with post traumatic stress disorder to meet. We work at maintaining the land with a fellow volunteer from Lithuania. It is just us 3 who camp here with amiram and ofil (the guy who organises things) coming down to instruct and work with us in the mornings. Amiram is a typical 62 year old Israeli guy...infact he is a typical Israeli. Quite blunt but although he can sound rude or annoyed, he's not. It's a cultural thing. Thick skin and no messing about. He's a really nice guy.

13 July 2015

It's our last day at this place. The work we actually started to enjoy. Quite therapeutic making and spreading concrete. Really nice guy we are working for, pretty sure this is all his retirement project. It's a shame our room is so...wild really. He doesn't seem to eat much either. Dinner is hummus and bread and lunch isn't much different. Defiantly looking forward to some meat tomorrow, although the food isn't horrible just veggie and sparse. Still missing Jerusalem. This whole trip I'm starting to realise I'm much more of a city person. Sam agrees but also likes all the nature, flowers and animal shi...stuff :). Off to Haifa tomorrow and then onto our next farm hopefully. Fingers crossed we get up to the golan heights as we are in the north anyway. Might even Pop into Syria and see what all the fuss is about... Until next time my pedigree chums, Bon appetite.

12 July 2015

I found this picture online. I won't say anymore....

10 July 2015

Day 1 of our volunteering. It's not a farm but a mans massive garden/jungle. Our job is to make these concrete plant pots which doesn't seem to be our forte. It's all abit different... Not quite sure how long we will be here but giving it ago. Getting bitten to shreds which is nice. Both of us are missing Jerusalem and are considering contacting the hostel to find out about volunteering. The mans nice enough but is veggie. I would pop to the shops to grab some sandwich meat but it's Friday....

9 July 2015

7 July 2015

Tuesday we took a day trip to the Negev desert. First stop was Ben gurion and his wife's tombs, overlooking the desert. After we walked to a waterfall with a million birthright American kids... We then made our way to our camel ride along the ramon crater. Not the greatest experience for myself. I don't think little joe or Sams will be running around anytime soon! After it was off to a winery to sample some wines and olives...but mainly wine. On the way back to Jerusalem we stopped for another view over a different creator with some dates and walnuts. I think they do a fair amount of military testing in the Negev, we heard some interesting noises....

5 July 2015

Just a few umbrellas ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™ˆ

3 July 2015

Shabbat shalom, Friday evening service, sabbath dinner. I (Sam) helped cook the dinner with many others.

2 July 2015

So I would of liked to be able to of put some pictures of the Golan heights up.. Unfortunately we didn't make it. It seems you can't rent a car unless you have a credit card with you. Very annoying but I reckon we will make it up there before we leave. Good to be back in Jerusalem.

30 June 2015

So yesterday we arrived in nazareth. We are staying in the old city part. Nazareth is the largest Israeli Arab city in Israel. It also has some Jesus and Mary stuff. Apparently he's a big deal around here although most are Muslim. Quite a quiet town/city, not too much to do but our hostel is very nice. Having the call to prayer ring out is also quite therapeutic, especially with a nice moon in the evening. Lots of explosions but I'm pretty sure they are fireworks :). We must be sitting on the Israeli airforces flight path as the earth moves every now and again with the sound of them flying past. Sam seems to think they are on the way to southend air show...she could be right to be fair.

27 June 2015

We were dropped off at one of the checkpoints, with our passports. I didn't get any photos but it experience. Also heard a gunshot which no one seemed phased by. Good day and was great just talking to our Palestinian guide.
So being Friday we obviously had to go for Friday service.. We done this last week but your not allowed to take pictures (no electricity on the sabbath) however a German girl from our hostel ignored/forgot this so we have some pictures :). It really is a great experience. Soldiers also get sworn in here.
Today Sam stayed at the hostel and I did another political tour of Bethlehem and Ramallah. Sam had already done a Bethlehem tour earlier in the week. We met our Palestinian guide in the West Bank and he took us to Ramallah first. Ramallah is the main Palestinian city and feels... Like a city. KFC, Pizza Hut.. All good. It is also home to Arafats tomb. We stopped at his mum and dads house for coffee on the way to Bethlehem. He, by the way, is Christian, are 20% of the Palestinians in Bethlehem. He showed us some bullet holes in his house and served up some cardamom coffee. Really nice actually. After that quick stop we made our way to Bethlehem. Saw the Jesus bits by a Muslim guide called....Isa which is the name the quaran gives to Jesus. Nice bloke. Oye, the picture is me with St George. After all the Jesus stuff it was onto the refugee camp and wall. Not much to add really, all speaks for itself. Quite abit of banksy art. We then got to travel back to Jerusalem like a Palestinian.

25 June 2015

...the day the best, is the opinion of our Israeli guide. He essentially wants us, once we return to our countries, to boycott Israel. In a familiar story the left and the right in Israeli politics have become blurred into one and he doesn't see the left changing anything. He sees two things almost certain to be the change makers, either foreign powers stepping in, which would be the EU not the USA or the Palestinians organising themselves into a proper resistance movement. The latter he doesn't want because of the obvious bloodshed which leaves the first as the only way to push change. Quite a thing to have a man who's livelihood relies on tourism, to tell you to boycott him but as we have seen and witnessed this country has a way of pushing extremes out of people. After such a day you realise something about yourself. I can't just rely on hummus for lunch, I need some meat. Bloody starving. Until next time kids! Shalom.
So today Sam stayed at the hostel and I went on a more political tour of Jerusalem. The morning we spent on foot in the old city with our guide pointing out the landmarks that had not only historical significance but also political. He explained the significance of the Temple Mount to both Jews and Muslims but also the Jewish movement that is calling for its rebuilding. I took a photo of this organisations future plans. Controversial to say the least. After lunch we then got into a car for a tour of East Jerusalem, making sure we get a good look at west for our comparison. As you might expect, the differences between East and west are great. Officially...well officially to Israel at least, they are all part of one city. You notice however the lack of any physical evidence that this is the case. I'm talking about the fact there are no real roads, sidewalks or any government buildings. Wonder where the tax money is going.... Of corse there is a lot to say but I think what summarises

24 June 2015

Today we spent the afternoon floating in the Dead Sea and covering ourselves in mud. With Jordan in the background. The part of the Dead Sea we were in was in the West Bank. We travelled through the Judean desert to get to it. The Dead Sea is actually going down each year by 1 meter!
2012 at the Dead Sea and now 2015 at the Dead Sea.

22 June 2015

So when you are in Israel it's quite hard to ignore the fact that everyone has a gun. Not just army kids or police but people with dark sunglasses and wires in their ears at the tram stops, orthodox looking guys, young backpacking looking guys... Anyway, after a while you start to think it's all bit overkill (no pun intended). Israel and in fact Jerusalem in particular has a great way of reminding you however, why everyone seems to belong in a Wild West/terminator film. Sunday morning a young Palestinian guy decided to stab a policemen multiple times in the neck, this was on one of the entrances to the old city. Luckily the policemen managed to shoot him. Moral of the story? Have a gun. This concludes my lesson for today.

20 June 2015

Saturday and what have we done? Nothing, a day of rest is literally what everyone does. Nothing....nothing is open. The ultra Orthodox Jews don't use electricity or use any effort for anything. Example: they pre tear their toilet paper ready for the Sabbath... We hear and to be honest, doesn't surprise me. Lifts will stop at every level so you don't have to push a button.Day of rest in the truest sense :). Jerusalem is our favourite place so far. So much better than tel aviv. So much to do...well except sabbath. The high street actually resembles chelmsford high street but with a modern tram running through it. Very nice.

19 June 2015

It's Friday there for Sabbath day! The market was manic with everyone getting food ready for the Shabbat dinner and for the Saturday. It's was serious hustle and bustle and come 4 the city was on lockdown. Of corse east Jerusalem plus Arab and Christian quarters of the old city, we're still open. Drinking is clearly a big part of the sabbath and it seemed everyone had a beer in their hand by 4. We decided to walk down to the western wall to witness the goings on for sundown. No camera or phones are allowed on the sabbath (strictly enforced). It was brilliant to watch with hundreds of people by the wall, manny forming a circle and dancing and singing. It reminded me of a football match atmosphere! Great fun. We headed back to have our hostel Shabbat meal. They explained the prayers, the candle lighting etc and then served up a plate pulled to the roof of food... O and wine of corse. Ah yes, I managed to get a challah loaf fresh out of the oven from the market. Too good.

18 June 2015

So after the heavy day of Hebron, the next was slightly more relaxed. We went on a tour of the mount of olives. Very good and great views of the old city. We even had a lovely fire to watch, which our guide was quite taken aback with... I should be able to tell you which churches were for what but I've had abit of a Jesus overload. Name a Jesus event and I'm pretty sure we have been :). We also of corse looked over the Jewish graves on the mount. It's about $40 000 to get yourself a patch there... After all the excitement of Jesus and fire we went out in search of the original Jerusalem mixed grill. Quite nice but I'll let you research as to what is in it :).
I would add, our Israeli guide was dead against the oppression of the Palestinians and is part of a movement to stop it as well as to stop a two state solution. We experienced a few hair raising moments while there and to be honest, could understand the military presence. It felt like a time bomb that has and could go of at any moment. That's not to justify the attitude of the army or settlers there but in the present climate, to let the two groups mix in the city, would create an issue... The picture of the sticker is actually from Jerusalem but I thought it fitted pretty well in this trip...

17 June 2015

Yesterday we visited Hebron in the West Bank. Obviously there is so much to say so I'll try and condense it down abit... The two was in two halves, the first half we spent with an Israeli settler and the second we spent with a Palestinian woman, the Israeli then met us to take us back to Jerusalem. The whole trip was excellent and tense. Hebron itself is at the heart of the conflict along with gaza and Jerusalem. Our settler guide (hates the term settler) explained the historical significance of Hebron to Jews and took us around showing us the key spots. The Palestinian woman then took us around to meet Arabs who had suffered from the oppression of the settlers aswell as the army. We could see first hand what they were going through. The picture you see with the wire fence across the top of the street is to stop the objects thrown down by settlers. All in all the treatment of people was disgusting to see.

16 June 2015

On Tuesday we visited the old city. Luckily it is only a 10 minute walk from our hostel. We visited the church of the holy sepulchre , the western wall and the Temple Mount. The first two we had done before but it was our first time to the Temple Mount (golden top mosque). The Israeli government don't like Jews visiting it or anyone who isn't Muslim as it creates abit of a headache for them. When you see riots on the news in Jerusalem it is usually because of this place. It is holy to both Jews and Muslims so the logistics can be interesting.. Jews aren't allowed to pray there and if they visit they are accompanied by armed police and a rep from the Muslim council. They are also met with shouting of Allah Akbar and some pretty angry voices, which we witnessed.. That said most Jews view the place as too holy for them to visit anyway. As you can see my shorts happened to be too short so I had to wear a skirt. Everyone seemed to have a laugh when they saw me :(.

13 June 2015

Israel and old Jaffa ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ

12 June 2015

Waiting around for a few hours now in Switzerland airport beautiful view of the Alps ๐Ÿ˜Š

11 June 2015

Bye bye Asia YOLO!

6 June 2015

Meeting the monks for breakfast.

5 June 2015

Spent the afternoon in Kouang Si waterfalls Laos. The waterfalls are just so beautiful and we hiked to the top.

2 June 2015

More pictures from the temples in Vientiane Laos
Spent the morning site seeing the temples and monuments, The temples are just so beautiful the detail is incredible ๐Ÿ˜Š

1 June 2015

We've checked in Hanoi airport, we're now leaving Vietnam and off to Laos โ˜บ๏ธโœˆ๏ธ

31 May 2015

Hanoi, Capital of Vietnam- Joe and our tour guide Anne drinking coffee and beer with EGGS!! It was ok very sweet and beer wasn't great, they also sell hot chocolate with eggs and coffee egg and rum. This is the first place that invented this type of coffee the original coffee shop. ๐Ÿบโ˜•๏ธ

30 May 2015

Few more pictures from our bike trip, this guy is 92 and still working everyday amazing man, his wife and himself are very popular here on post cards. I also feel famous I've had 5 different Asian girls ask for my photo haha! โ˜บ๏ธ

29 May 2015

Ha long bay Vietnam so beautiful โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป The two big rocks in the background are two chickens either kissing chickens or fighting chickens. We went in side one of the caves it was magnificent so beautiful with the water features. We spent an hour canoeing in and around the caves, me and another girl we had a few problems with the canoe, we bump into a few caves, we couldn't turn the canoe in time ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ˜

28 May 2015

We went on a bike tour around the villages, rice fields and meeting some locals. The locals making rice wine, we all tried the rice wine I tried the weaker one which was 50% alcohol and Joe tried the 80% alcohol. A few people tried out smoking a Vietnamese bong with tobacco. We met this guy 92 years old and his still working everyday to keep gardens well looked after growing herbs and chillies etc. Himself and his wife are on many post cards and photos as they are very old and still working every day. โค๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ

27 May 2015

Our drive from Hoi An to Hue, along the Top gear road in Vietnam. ๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ˜Š

25 May 2015

Hoi an very beautiful, We went on a bike ride through the villages, rice farms seeing water buffaloes and having a boat ride in a bamboo boat down the river. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒ…โ›ต๏ธ

24 May 2015

My sky dive, I must do another one! (Namibia) ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿปโ˜๏ธโœˆ๏ธ

22 May 2015

We went on a trip to the tunnels from the war, Vietnamese and American war. I had the experience of going into the original tunnel they built the secret entrance. They made them very small. I didn't know about this war but from what we learnt about it, it was a terrible war and so sad to hear this. Seeing all the traps on the ground and ones underground is shocking. And knowing still today people and still dying from the mind fields after 40 years it's very sad. I walked though the tunnels it was 40 meters but it felt a lot more knackered when you get out because they were very small dark smelly felt very uncomfortable I did end up crawling through. The tunnel I walked through wasn't the original they had to make it a bit bigger it was half the size. And I found that really hard can't imagine how the original ones were like.

21 May 2015

We had a very interesting and scary experience through the city on a Ricksule bike. The guys in the back were just cycling along through red lights etc and loads of traffic coming towards us it was an experience I won't forget ๐Ÿ™Š Joe loved it cause someone was riding around with him like a prince.๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ‘‘
Floating market along the Mecon river. The lady with Joe that's our tour guide Anne from Thailand.
Floating market along the Mecon river.

20 May 2015

Home stay visit in a small village, we had a go at cooking our own Vietnamese pancake, It did taste very nice it was served with pork and bean spouts inside with spices and herbs.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป (We both just had the bean spouts) The family had a pond with a huge elephant fish and some other big fish a little turtle ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿข
Our home stay visit had a little tour around the village and seeing the different trees and how they use them very interesting ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ˜Š
Wow! The traffic here is very crazy, I'm very surprised we haven't seen any accidents. Their are hundreds of scooters. Everywhere you look their is so many. Trying to cross the road is also very difficult because they don't stop at zebra crossing, when's theirs a green man still carry on driving. So many people going through red lights traffic is coming from all different directions and carrying 4-5 people on the scooter and carrying as much as possible and in height it's mental. ๐ŸšŒ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿšฆ
Hello Vietnam โ˜บ๏ธ

19 May 2015

We went over to a few different of the island from Cambodia to do some snorkelling and relaxing on the beach ๐Ÿ˜Š

18 May 2015

The past two days we've been in Anchor Bay in Cambodia, first night was very nice we sat on the beach having a few cocktails, BBQ and watching some fireworks. Yesterday we went over too a few of the different Island around Anchor Bay to do some snorkelling, it was very beautiful seeing the fish and coral also jelly fish...!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ now we're on our way to Vietnam and tonight we have a home stay visit which will be really nice with a traditional home cooked meal with a Vietnamese family. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿœ๐Ÿด
The prince on his chair... ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

17 May 2015

Joe and his tarantula... ๐Ÿ˜ท
Today we went to the killing fields very emotional day, These are two survivors from Khmer Rouge Prison S21

16 May 2015

We spent two nights in Semi reap in Cambodia, It was ok hotel beds hard as a rock tho ๐Ÿ˜ฉ We're now on the public bus to the capital to Phnom Penh for another two nights, this bus journey is going to be very long 7 hours and VERY nerve wrecking ๐Ÿ˜ I don't think I'll sleep... the driving is so bad over here, They drive which ever side of the road they want, stop where they want, speed where ever and break last minute, There has been so many near misses. Also Joe's loving the tunes Justin Bieber, Britney Spears and Ronan Keaton etc ๐Ÿ™Š So now his plugged in on iPod haha. I think by the end of the trip there will be no suspension left terrible driving! ๐Ÿ™ˆ

15 May 2015

First morning in Cambodia and up nice and early 4:15am so we could get to the temples for sunrise very beautiful ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ… after sunrise we spent the morning walking and going through the temples.

14 May 2015

Joe and his crickets.... ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ™Š

11 May 2015

So now we're leaving Koh Samui we spent 2 weeks on this beautiful island we've had such an amazing time here and enjoyed all the gym training and Joe's Thai boxing. The trainers defiantly worked us hard so intense but very good ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ Now we're on our way to the ferry and to the over night train back to Bangkok. (I'm really not looking forward to this train journey) ๐Ÿ˜ฉ We rented a scooter out to get around the island it was a whole ยฃ2 a day ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

27 April 2015

Just checked in our hotel what a beautiful view from our room ๐Ÿ˜€

26 April 2015

Finally off the 12 hour train journey, it was the worst night I've ever experienced so loud bumpy the wind was so strong I really thought we was going to come off the tracks it was a nightmare ๐Ÿšƒ๐Ÿ˜ now we're on the ferry over to koh Samui The view from the ferry is amazing such clear waters and seeing all the different islands so beautiful ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿšฃ

24 April 2015

The floating market was a very good day ๐Ÿ˜Š also the train market very different but good. And the fireflies at night was amazing seeing the trees just glowing up so pretty โ˜บ๏ธ
Looking forward to this afternoon we're off to the Amphawa floating market, the train market and also tonight the fireflies โ˜บ๏ธ๐ŸŒœ๐ŸŽ‡๐Ÿšƒ๐Ÿšค

22 April 2015

Off to watch Muay Thai at one of the main stadiums tonight then tomorrow night off to the theatre to watch a Muay Thai show live about the history of the boxing.

21 April 2015

Joe and his whale ๐Ÿ˜„

20 April 2015

Our towels โค๏ธ elephants

19 April 2015

Our flight was delayed at Cape Town for 1hour and when we got near Dubai we had to circle for half an hour cause of air traffic. We had a 2 hour wait stop over in Dubai and because of the delays we ended up missing our flight the time we landed it was when our flight to Bangkok had just taken off... Lots of people had missed their flights too, so we got to Emirates desk and said the next flight will be in another 12 hours at this time it was just after 3am. So we got a night in a Emirates hotel and lunch.
So we're leaving Africa soon, we've had such an amazing time here going to miss it very much, I just love Africa I'm sure we'll be back another day โ˜บ๏ธ We've done some crazy things whilst being here like shark cage diving, sky dive, gun fun, lions, leopards, eating crocodile and many other. We're definitely looking forward to Thailand, Joe is a bit worried about his fitness for his Thai boxing cause hasn't done any for 2 months almost and we've looked up and the warm ups are a 12k run.... And this is twice a day morning and evening... I'm sure he'll be fine ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜
Joe chilling before we get picked up to go to the airport, we've checked in now and just waiting to board our flight at 1:35 but has been delayed only by 30 minutes so far.... not looking forward to our flight almost 20 hours ๐Ÿ˜ž feeling tired already haha ๐Ÿ˜ด

18 April 2015

On our flight over to Dubai beautiful sunset. In the celling of the plane their was like all white gems in the celling at night which looked like the night sky full of stars so pretty. ๐Ÿ˜Šโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒ…
Yesterday we went to a gun range and shot from pistols and a AK47!!! Great fun but so scary at first the pressure of the guns. ๐Ÿ˜ I was very happy cause they had pink ones for girls haha ๐Ÿ’Ÿ I was more on target than Joe ๐Ÿ™Š but shhh ๐Ÿ˜›

16 April 2015

We was up bright and early this morning 6am. We climbed up table mountain and all the way back down too, it took us about 4hours at a steady pace. We arrived back at about 12, started around 7:30. What an amazing view on top incredible and so beautiful. It was quite cold up on the top and very windy we was in the table cloth, had the whole top view to ourselves as we was first on top of the day. The hike it self wasn't too bad just quite steep on some points coming down was much harder. Legs are really feeling it now. Joe's taken a nap after his lunch so tired from the hiking bless him ๐Ÿ˜ด

15 April 2015

On our drive back to Cape Town ๐Ÿ˜Š we drove to the second most southerly part of South Africa. The views are amazing just so beautiful and drove along Chapmans peak โค๏ธ

14 April 2015

This is our house we're staying in tonight and Joe working on the bbq ๐Ÿ˜Š
Harold porter gardens. The gardens we visited yesterday at Bettys bay The views in the garden are amazing so beautiful ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ
We're having a nice warm fire tonight and bbq ๐Ÿ˜Š When the electricity comes back on, they turn it off for 2 hours a day but only out of the city because they don't have enough for South Africa, They supply it for Botswana, Zambia and Namibia too.
Driving from Cape Town to Bettys bay was so lovely, driving though the mountains seeing the amazing scenery the beautiful ocean and beaches on one side and mountains on the other with Joe choosing the radio channels which was classical but was very calming and relaxing whilst driving. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿš๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ“ป๐ŸŽป๐ŸŽถ

13 April 2015

Here in Bettys bay they have a part on the beach where it's just penguins it's called stony point beach. Penguin Nature Reserve ๐Ÿ˜Š There are hundreds of them they are very noisy birds (sound like donkey's) ๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง
This is our little hire car for three days, we're driving along the coast about 2 hours in total first stop was Bettys bay and we stayed for one night, Now we're in Grabouw staying here for one night then going to drive back to Cape Town tomorrow.

11 April 2015

It's all booked up 6:30am tomorrow morning off to go and do shark cage diving... Will update you then with pictures etc ๐Ÿ™Šโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ˜€

3 April 2015

Really want to do an Easter egg hunt ๐Ÿ˜” your never to old for one ๐Ÿ˜„ ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฅ

2 April 2015

Joe has cooked a lovely chicken curry ๐Ÿ˜„

1 April 2015

Our lunch we had yesterday yummy sushi ๐Ÿค๐Ÿฃ๐ŸŽฃ and some random glasses haha.
Joe in the park working out a free gym ๐Ÿ˜„ lol need these at home such a good idea!๐Ÿ˜‡

31 March 2015

We decided to go to Table Mountain today we arrived around 10am then walked around to the point of the paths up then decided we shouldn't... ๐Ÿ˜ฉ too hot that time of the day so we going to try again before sunrise ๐ŸŒ…

30 March 2015

Nelson Mandela 1918-2013
This was Nelson Mandela's prison cell
Robben Island, Cape Town South Africa. Nelson was on Robben Island for 18years and then moved to another prison.
This room was were the men sleep 60 men at a time all they had was a small blanket and a rug to lay on the floor, the beds only came in the 1970's and the bathrooms were used by the 60 men. The men who stayed in this room was a different kind of prisoner, cause some had their own cells, (can't remember what sort they were now) ๐Ÿ˜• in the cells the men had a bucket as their toliet.

29 March 2015

Joe got a bit burnt today ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฎ his got Aloe Vera on now. Joe also had his seafood platter for dinner ๐ŸŽฃ๐Ÿค We had a lovely time down the beach and walked along the front for 4 hours!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ด legs are very achy.
We're at the beach at Camps bay, finally here ๐Ÿ˜€ We've been here 10 minutes and Joe's bored of laying down and is already wanting lunch, just had breakfast haha. The Indian Ocean is ice cold ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™ˆ and we know Joe get very annoyed by wet feet and sand.... ๐Ÿ˜• lol ๐ŸŠโ˜€๏ธ

27 March 2015

Went to an aquarium today ๐Ÿ˜€ Monday off to Robben islands to the prison where Nelson Mandela was for 27years.

20 March 2015

Joe on the brai tonight cooking steak

19 March 2015

Yesterday I had an amazing day I went to a lion encounter and met two stunning young lioness which were two sisters one was 10 months and 12 months. We took them out for a walk around the park they played and climbed. Touching the lioness was amazing and being their right next to them I didn't think I could do it after the cheaters ๐Ÿ˜ lol but it was such an a amazing experience with them ๐Ÿ˜„
๐Ÿ˜ƒ We have now left Zambia and now in Zimbabwe for our final week of the tour. So we're here in Zimbabwe for three days and then making our way to Johannesburg for the end of the tour. We still have lots of activities to do and highlights on the way. Then fly back down too South Africa. โœˆ๏ธ๐Ÿ’บ๐ŸŒ…

15 March 2015

We spent the night in elephants sands, what an incredible time we had sitting by the watering hole and had a view of 12 elephants drinking including 3 baby elephants. We were about 2.5 meters away from them just watching them all night we feel so lucky to experience what we saw ๐Ÿ˜„โค๏ธ during the first half hour was only one and then when the sun started setting one after each other came but couldn't get pictures cause of the flash ๐Ÿ˜• but we have very good memories of them now ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
Happy birthday dad, have a lovely day, love Sam and Joe ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŽ‚ xxx
Staying in elephant sands tonight amazing setting we should see the elephants walking around and drinking from the watering hole later. And also Joe has another animal he loves with his ants, termites ๐Ÿœ this termite mound has taking them 20 years.๐Ÿ˜ฎ
We're driving on elephant highway and see this one ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜
Loving Africa such an amazing place seeing so much of it now. Our tour guide wants us to go up to Uganda with her... Would love too but can't really flights and dates etc. We have three and a half weeks on our own so would rather see more of South Africa in detail then jump to other countries. Joe's thinking of going to Zululand in them three and a half weeks we have it's North East South Africa so not too far. ๐Ÿ˜€
Meet Fudge Joe's new friend Fudge the Jack Russell. And also his made friends with Leonard the tortoise but I didn't manage to get a picture of him. We met him at the cheater park he was about 40 years old, very big tortoise.
Happy Mother's Day mum ๐Ÿ˜˜ xxx

14 March 2015

We have now arrived at elephant camp. In the Delta of Botswana. It's low water at the moment not much rain full so the hippos and crocodiles have left and gone further in the delta. This afternoon we're going on a walking safari. Our tent is in a special area cause the elephants come here at night usually.

12 March 2015

We're almost on the border between Namibia and Botswana, we'll be crossing soon ๐Ÿ˜ƒ had quite a lot of rain this morning and during the night, but it's ok now the sun has come out and nice and hot again. We did see some of the big five animals. We saw the rhino, elephant, leaped (in a tree, I couldn't work it out but other people did) and the lion just need to see the buffaloes but couldn't see them because they don't come from Namibia so hopefully Botswana will do.

9 March 2015

So today is our first game drive we're doing this for two days. Hopefully get to see the big 5 ๐Ÿ˜ƒ and then we get to meet some baby cub lions too ( I'm hoping they are Cubs not like the cheaters) lol
We then left that area we went behind the gates into the wild cheater area... I was bricking it after that and their was loads must of been about 40 cheaters all staring at us we was only in a small pick up tuck (standing on the back of it...) they could of easily jumped ๐Ÿ™ˆ then the guy turned his engine off... And got OUT!!! ๐Ÿ˜ณ then he was throwing loads of horse meat to them. That was incredible watching that they were fighting the main man always got it first. But once they all had their meat they all went and sat down with it. We got told that they won't attack humans...
So we're now leaving the cheater park. Had a lovely afternoon with three tamed cheaters the guy had them since they we're all cubs, we was told they were small but the they were full grown adults....๐Ÿ˜ณ it was an amazing experience seeing them up that close and touching them. One of them was a bit naughty and put her mouth over one of the girls of our tours foot and starting biting ๐Ÿ˜จ so the guy he owned em told her off and she ran up into the tree and sat up their for a while. I had my back towards her and when I turned around she jumped down and started running towards me I got very emotional three times whilst their with the cheaters. I was so very scared, when she started running I really thought she was coming at me too attack me it was the shock of it all and when they got close. ๐Ÿ™ˆ
A big Happy birthday from Namibia Sam!! Hope you have a lovely day!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ’‹๐ŸŽ‚ love Sam and Joe xxx

8 March 2015

So yesterday afternoon we had a bit of a surprise we met and held two little Meer cats one was Called Boris can't remember the other ones name but they were adorable ๐Ÿ™‰ and were so comfortable wouldn't move. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

7 March 2015

We went to a fish restaurant last night and you know what they have with fish and chips.... LEEKS!! Not mushy peas!! Haha Joe keeps going on about it and is not very impressed ๐Ÿ˜ฌ also his on his second Nandos and is very happy his got his wings and spinach... Strange boy lol.

5 March 2015

Hellooo ๐Ÿ˜˜ hope everyone one is doing well. So on Thursday I went and done a skydive...๐Ÿ™Šit was amazing but scary haha. Yesterday we went into the sand dunes and done some quad biking it was very good. We all started together but we ended up separating girls and guys only cause we was apparently holding them back from going as fast as they could lol (Joe was getting very frustrated) and now wants to get one when his home. The girls went on an easier route then the guys they went on much bigger and higher dunes then us. It was great fun apart from the end because I went over the top of the handle bards of the quad I hurt my knee just bruised but I'm fine ๐Ÿ˜€ I went into the only rock in the desert....๐Ÿ™ˆ we're now left swakopmund in Namibia and off to spitskoppe and be doing bush camping. ๐Ÿ˜ญ no TOILETS OR SHOWERS!!

4 March 2015

5:30am left camp, drove down to the sand dunes. We walk up dune 45 took about 50 minutes. ( Joe "thought " he saw the top so he ran all the way up to be the first but realised it wasn't and had a very long walk still. (He wasn't feeling too good cause he ran on an empty stomach and was sick ๐Ÿ˜ท when we got to the top finally we all sat and watched the sunrise ๐ŸŒž then we went down the dunes by running down but I decided to roll down was great fun apart from been covered in sand ๐Ÿ˜† then after had breakfast and then we went to the petrified forest was such an amazing view. Was we're all the African trees and bushes The temperature is getting so hot now we're in Namibia and reached 40+ now I'm just chilling by the pool and Joe's at the bar ๐Ÿ˜„

3 March 2015

After a long drive we reached the fish river canyon the second biggest canyon in the world roughly 540miles long it was most spectacular view it was beautiful. Then we hiked along the edge until we got to the top and then we had a surprise which was cheese, wine and watching the sunset was so pretty and most beautiful view. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐ŸŒž

2 March 2015

Went water rafting this morning in the Orange River in our canoes was amazing the view of the mountains, volcano and the wild life. Had three rough areas in the water thought we we're going to capsized, two other English guys did lol that was calmer cause they kept pushing us and into the trees.... ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™Š We rowed about 7miles very hard work ๐Ÿ˜ž lol. That was our last night on South Africa for this tour and now we're driving to the boarder to go over to Namibia ๐Ÿ˜€

1 March 2015

Just left the highlands after a night camping. What an amazing view to wake up to mountains all around us, and the canals. Last night we went for a swim in pool with the most beautiful view. We had a wine tour last night and Joe had a bit of a dance ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Off to the orange river which is the separation of South Africa and Namibia. 450KM drive....

27 February 2015

Sorry for the lack of pictures it's because it doesn't seem to working it's not letting me put pictures on only texts ๐Ÿ˜ก
Joe taking a nap after his lunch at KFC.... ๐Ÿ’ค Checked in at our hostel very nice wasn't expecting it to be like this lovely people. It very hot out side temperature 28 degrees. Also Joe keeps falling down the curbs on the road haha ๐Ÿ™Š Joe has noticed a lot of their food has MSG inside and isn't very impressed lol ๐Ÿ˜ฑ (his eating it anyway)

26 February 2015

Here we are day one of our trip, not long now until our flight๐Ÿ˜„ very excited but sad too.