On 1st Oct, 2015, we headed off on a journey, hoping to travel around the world. 


We have sailed across the Atlantic and up through the Caribbean, toured North, Central and South America  in our VW van and are now enjoying our trip through New Zealand. 


Enjoy our blog - older posts are found at the very bottom of the blog page.

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May 3, 2018

After a week spent waiting for a small delivery from the UK, we left Popayan and headed into the mountains to visit the Parque Arqueologico de Tierradentro. The park has a host of pre-Colombian tombs sitting atop the mountains.  The hikes to the sites were steep and th...

April 22, 2018

As we headed south to continue on our journey. we stopped for a tour of Cali, the salsa capital of Colombia,  Declan refused the late night dancing scene but we visited a number of beautiful churches, including, the blue Iglesia de la Ermita, Iglesia San Francisco with...

April 10, 2018

So the broken turbo wasn't all bad news.  Armenia was only a 2 hour drive from Lago de Calima, a lake that offers all year-round kiting.  We grabbed our equipment out of the van and managed to escape for a number of days to Pescao's kite spot and even managed to catch...

April 4, 2018

It was with great excitement that we left Bogotá, the van was fixed and after a three week delay we could continue on with our journey south, heading this time for the Zona Cafetero - Quindío, lush, green, cool mountains and the coffee growing capital of Colombia.


March 15, 2018

We arrived in Bogotá on a gruá - first stop VW Auto Blitz.  Once the van was in safe hands, the quote obtained, the parts ordered from the UK we could relax and enjoy the city. 

It was great to see Ray, who flew in from Baltimore and to meet Paula and Carol....

March 12, 2018

On the way to Bogotá we stopped in two beautiful colonial towns in Boyacá, Colombia's heartland - beautiful, fertile farming country.

In Tunja we found a suitable barber to chop Declan's locks and before carrying onto Villa de Leyva.  Unfortunately, we developed a probl...

February 28, 2018

After the heat of Mompos, we were in search of cooler weather.  We'd been promised a cooler climate further south and closer to the equator, but we didn't believe it.  That was until we entered a town where everyone was wearing wooly hats and coats!  Welcome to the Are...

February 23, 2018

Our first foray inland took us to Santa Cruz de Mompox, also known as Mompos.  On an island in a large area of wetlands, Mompos became an important port in the 1600's as merchandise from Cartagena passed into the interior of Colombia.  With that trade came wealth and t...

February 7, 2018

We left Cartagena shortly before Christmas heading east along the Caribbean Coast in search of kite beaches.  The currents were too dangerous at our first stop, Casa Grande, but it gave us a great taste of what to expect and after a quick overnight in Taganga, we heade...

January 14, 2018

We arrived into Cartagena on S/Y Amande before Christmas and with the help of our agent, Jose Bonilla, released the van within 2 days. 

After two days spent at the port and customs, we took some time to explore this beautiful city.  The old town is a Unesco World H...

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