Day 11–13 Halong Bay

We wandered around Halong this morning – in search of coffee and to stretch our legs before our boat journey. There’s a heap of construction so the area will look very different in a few years time. We walked to the beach. Lots of tree planting with each tree assigned it’s own number plate. The…

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Day 9 10 Nihn Bihn and Halong

After a good rest we get up for an early learn to make your own lunch. Pork spring rolls, mango salad and beef with lemon grass. Were too full by then to make the 2nd main. We had intended to go for a hike but the rain rolled in so we chilled instead. My great…

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Day 8–Bich Dong Pagoda

Our last shift at EPRC today. They put us both on the hill in the soft release area. We got to feed the langur sweet potato and the gibbon did come down for food while we were there. Our final lot of untie the bundles of leave and we were done. Off for our last…

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Day 7–Asian Turtle Program

This morning was a similar routine of feed in the morning, I feed 2nd shift while John helps repair cages. \ It’s really humid today and we’re just dripping. There’s a new volunteer/researcher arrived and he’s staying for 6 months. After lunch we head down the road to the Asian Turtle Program to have a…

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Day 6–Save Vietnam’s Wildlife

Today was a busy work day. Overnight, on of the Gibbons had given birth so there’s a new baby at the centrey. It was hot and humid. What’s hotter than that? Being on burn duty! I got to stand in the hot sun and make a giant fire. By the time we were done I…

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Day 5–Van Long

Usual morning of feeding and clearing today. Had a slight miscommunication for the next session so we wandered around to grab some more pics.   The babies are always so full of energy and inquisitive. While the adults are happy to watch the tourists walk on by. There’s heaps of stick insects in the centre…

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Day 4–Night tour

This morning I did the perimeter check. This was super tricky in the wet as it was a bit flooded and very slippery. On one hand I regretted wearing my gumboots as they are heavy and don’t bend and on the other hand with the amount of water my hiking shoes would have been filled…

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Day 3– Enrichment activities

Today we ensured we arrived well before 6:30am. We spent the first session watching the Langur introduction between a male and female. They’d spent some time next to each other in the enclosure before the main door was opened. They spent a lot of time at opposite corners with their backs facing each other pretending…

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Day 2–Introduction to EPRC

Up early to start our first day at EPRC (Endangered Primate Rescue Centre). We’re told to be there at 6:30am for the morning shift (if we were up to working). We arrived and started changing shoes and the keepers were already zooming off. 6:32 and we were the only ones left. Mental note for tomorrow…

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Day 1–Off to Vietnam

We had what seemed like an extra busy last couple of weeks so I think we felt extra relieved to get this break. We’ve not seen much of each other with me working late many nights and weekends full of activities in different locations. Before I’d even left the guys at work put a counter…

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Day 19–Ferry ride and Northern Lights

Today we leave the West Fjords and head south on the car ferry Ferjan Baldur. It’s a 3 hour boat ride and we had internet connectivity the whole way. I still got a little bored and had a nice nap on the way. Looking at the forecast for tomorrow it was going to be overcast…

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Day 18 – Dynjandi

Today’s highlight was the trip to Dynjandi. We’ve seen a lot of waterfalls by now but I think Dynjandi is the prettiest with it’s wide veil. You see this waterfall many k’s away and it gets more impressive the closer you get. It’s actually a series of waterfalls with a total height around 100 meters….

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Day 16-17 Rainy West Fjords

Saturday – Our run of good weather has ended for now. It’s been a pretty bleak drive to get to  Ísafjörður. We’re taking the opportunity to rest and enjoy staying in the one hotel for 2 nights in a row and to try and get some washing done in the sink and make use of…

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Day 14 15–Heading West

Day 14 – After a disappointing night, and a bleak outlook we weren’t keen on an early start so took out time to head west today. First stop to break up the drive was Goðafoss. I’d had it on my list originally, then removed it as there were more impressive waterfalls but last minute to…

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Day 13–Hunting for the Northern Lights

It was really overcast this morning so we took the opportunity of having the same hotel for 2 nights and getting some sleep. With the long sunlight hours we’ve been having long days on the road and we’re both pretty tired. Things like riding around the lake I’d originally had on my list are out…

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Day 12–Dettifoss

This morning we set off on a little adventure to find the location of a photo I’d spotted – Bjolfur. It’s just before the turnoff to Seydisfjordur. It’s a small gravel road and all I have is my memory of the photo and a rough lat/long other than the name. We find the sign that…

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Day 11–Bye Icebergs, Off to The East

After being told about the previous night’s Northern Lights I woke about once an hour and looked out the window in hope of the elusive green in the sky to no avail. Up early for sunrise to head back to Jökulsárlón to get the Icebergs in the morning light. We headed for the beach and…

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Day 10 – Off to Jökulsárlón

While we slept last night there was a great Northern Lights display….bummer. The hotels really need a  “Please wake me if there’s Northern Lights option. I had checked the forecast earlier in the day and it was cloudy..must have cleared up. After yesterday’s windscreen sacrifice to the weather gods we were given another beautiful day….

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Day 9–Vik And Surrounds

After crashing hard and a good night’s sleep we woke to a beautiful morning. First we headed to Reynifjara Beach to suss out the area. Light isn’t good there in the morning and there’s nobody in sight. The sand is dark grey and full of the most perfect skipping stones. Short drive round the corner…

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Day 8–The Golden Circle

Today was a massive day – lots to see and a long way to drive. We’d  made the right sacrifice as the weather gods were in our favour today. We had clear skies and amazing light. We picked up our CX-5 – probably the grubbiest rental we’ve ever had. The good thing is we don’t…

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Day 7–Bye Helsinki, Hello Reykjavik

I tried really hard for some night shots last night but by the time the sun went down and was finally dark I could barely keep my eyes open. Luckily I was wide awake at 4am. I wanted to see what Central Station looked like lit up and this was my last chance. Of course…

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Day 5–Helsinki

After waking up early, realising the internet was out and eventually going back to sleep we had a lazy morning of eating through the rest of our non-transportable food and generally packing before heading off to Helsinki. Great run with no dramas and with the petrol station leading into our drop-off we bid farewell to…

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Day 4–Spin around the Archipelago

After another bad night of sleep with a throbbing arm I was wide awake for 3:30am. Switching sides had made it a lot better meaning my good side got bumped in the night. Good time to do the previous day’s post. I’ve given up on finishing my deck till I get to Helsinki tomorrow where…

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Day 3–Rainy Day In Turku

As we settled into our cabin it started to rain. It rained most of the night and the early hours of the morning. After a full day of being out of my arm brace and battling for bed space in the not king size bed my arm was sore so I was promptly awake at…

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Day 2–Cruisy Drive to Turku

After crashing hard, unsurprisingly I woke up crazy early. Luckily I packed a bag of lollies we quickly devoured at 2am. We have heaps of time to kill before we head to Turku so lots of light napping till about 8 when we venture out to the big shopping centre on the other side of…

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Day 1– To Helsinki

Our journey began with a delayed flight. Many thanks to Cathay Pacific for the sms around 6pm to tell us our flight was delayed till 2am so we could alter our pickup and spend a little less time at the airport. Unsurprisingly it is fairly quiet at that time so getting through security was pretty…

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Day 26 Humberstone

I booked us a rental car so we could go to Humberstone for the morning. The Thrifty was a few blocks away and we picked up our little car. It’s manual (neither of us has driven a manual for almost 3 years) and they drive on the wrong side of the road here and almost…

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Day 25 – EarthQuake

After a good sleep-in after yesterday’s long bus trip we went for a wander around the town and to look for some lunch. There’s a long ‘boardwalk’ along the coast. There’s a bunch of construction going on all along here which I’m guessing is getting ready for summer. They’re adding some nice timber walkways and…

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