A selection of our photos is now available for viewing on Flickr. Do have a look and let us know what you think!
Graham Stone kindly informs me that in Papua New Guinea pidgin, ‘My hovercraft is full of eels’ becomes the epic:
Balus em i no goupim bilong me em i pullup long liklik pela snek bilong solwarra
(Literally: My aeroplane (balus) that can’t fly (no go up) is fullup of little saltwater snakes.)
Aeroplane maintenance is quite a mouthful too. Propellor becomes ‘tingting bilong balus em i go raunraun’. If damaged, this becomes ‘tingting bilong balus em i go raunraun em i buggerup tru’.
All of which is just and excuse to say that we will be adding more to the blog soon, having just about recovered from the journey home. And the photos will be up on Flickr very soon, with a link posted here of course.
Our couchette (cuşetă in Romanian) was already occupied by 2 Romanian men and one teenage lad (one of their sons?) already in bed when we got on at Brasov, so quite strange sharing such a small space with 3 people we hadn’t met and weren’t sure we shared any common language with. Continue reading
- Abstract nouns I-spy.
- Prison cell hide & seek.
- Underwater blow football.
- Meltemi Monopoly in a sandstorm on the beach at Serifos (chocolate pieces to make it more challenging).
- Paris Gare du Nord: flip flapflapflap of the train indicator board — a “lost sound” according to the BBC sound archive.
- “Passaporte! Passaporte!” at 2:30am on the Bulgarian border.
- Cicadas everywhere we went in Greece.
- Through Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary: the bell clang of the wheel tappers’ hammers going down the train.
9.00am Greek train booking office, Athens:
“No, I can’t give you reservations on the train Bucharest. I have only 3 beds and I must sell them. But you can buy in Thessaloniki. The Romanians have more — it’s easy”
1.30pm Larissa train station, Athens. Inernational booking office opens:
“No train to Bucharest”
“I don’t know!” Continue reading
- Chris is worried that Jane might buy a watermelon to eat on the train.
- Jane is worried that Chris will have his purse stolen.
- Callum is worried that he will get cockroaches in his sandals cos his feet are so dirty. Continue reading
7 Bottles of water
4 Large tomatoes
2 Cucumbers Continue reading
Guidebooks are of course an essential staple of the independent traveller. Continue reading
I almost burst into tears when I arrived here — out of sheer delight! It is a beautiful, quite and undeveloped island with a few Greek holiday makers (and the French couple with the young child we chatted to on the first day). It feels so much ‚ore relaxed and gentle this way, with just local visitors, and the comparison with the Scottish islands comes to mind again. Arriving here felt quite like arriving st Eigg — a few locals chatting and hanging out at the harbour cafe, in no hurry to do anything other than drink strong Greek coffee and watch and natter. Continue reading