A year has passed, Evelyn is one :-)

So a whole year has gone by since Evelyn was born. Today she’s a year and 3 days old! My last post was AGES ago. I was struggling getting to terms with extreme sleep deprivation and a lack of exercise!! I don’t get lots of sleep but I manage it better now – we bedshare. And I’m used to it. I get enough exercise to keep me sane. I run twice a week and usually climb once a week with a new partner, Laura. Running has been great for me. I started needing to do something so in February I started legging it around the block for 20 minutes so I wasn’t away long from the baby. Then I got a little bit better and it’s just gone from there. For climbing I had to drive there, boulder alone or find a willing belayer and drive home, running was more accessible and didn’t take me away from home long. I have done a couple of “races” like the Rivington 10 mile trail race, the Hendon Brook half marathon and the Snowdonia Trail Half Marathon. Taz too. We’re both doing the full marathon in October in Snowdonia too. My sister Laura babysits and has been my saviour, as usual. All this without much sleep and while still managing to breastfeed has felt like an achievement for me, and a good 12 months. I went back to childminding 3 days a week in April. Taz’s business is doing well.

Those initial months with a baby though… tough isn’t the word. More details about that on the baby blog if anyone’s wondering. Climbing wise, Taz has lost his mojo completely and doesn’t go anymore. He’s very into his running though and his cycling and still like his open water swimming, so an ironman is on his mind, or at least more triathlons. Hopefully this winter he’ll get back on indoor climbing and be ready for some adventures next year in the summer.

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We’ve had some little adventures along the way these last few months. We’ve been to Centre Parcs in Penrith for our first wedding anniversary, Greece with my lot, and camping twice. In 2 weeks we’re going to Germany for a week to see Craig and Doerthe, their 2 kids and the progress on their house build there. Then we’re off to the Isle of man just for a weekend where Taz is doing a big ride in memory of his cousin Luke who died at Christmas with a large group of cyclists. We’re going to Canada in September and will be there for my 30th birthday, for 3 weeks! 2 weeks later (please let Evelyn be good at managing jet lag) we’ll be in Snowdonia again for the marathon. Finally in November we’re off to Centre parcs with my family. We can’t do everything but I think we’re doing ok. The plan is still to spend some extended time in Asia next year… Planning to leave is the hardest part, once you’ve made that decision it’s easy.

Florida, Marriage, Babies

A lot has happened since we went on that camper trip back in August last year.

  • Taz cycled from London to Paris
  • We went on holiday to Florida
  • We got pregnant (I have a separate blog for the baby www.ablogforourbaby.wordpress.com)
  • We got married

Blogs about London to Paris (if I can get Taz to knuckle down and write one), Florida and getting married are still to come, but here’s the one about our baby! This blog post will probably be very very boring to people that don’t climb. DSC08257 I reached a point where a baby came up all the time in conversation with Taz. It sounds terrible to some people, but climbing was one of the main reasons I kind of dreaded ever having a baby, that and limited/awkward travel. Not just because it’s a sport I like but because it’s my lifestyle. Such a short break sets you back at least twice as long as you’ve had off, how long would a baby set me back? Would we be able to have random adventurous climbing holidays the way we do now? And what if something went wrong and I never went back? But I got over it with positivity. Lots of people carry on, lots go back and if worst comes to it, what’s more important in the grand scheme of things? I found my peace with having a baby through blogs about pregnant climbers and parent climbers and on youtube. And my mum did say having a baby was a whole new adventure!

Cimbing this autumn in Wales helping a friend with his photography project.

Climbing this autumn in Wales helping a friend with his photography project.

One of the first blogs I found was this: Crush Crux. This is where I learned about the first harness designed for pregnant people – The Mountain Mama. The woman who wrote it, Cate has the philosophy that “at the end of nine months, I will ask my body to do one of the most physically demanding actions I will ever ask it to do. So why would I spend the months leading up to that moment letting my fitness and strength decline?” I was also reassured to read that she shrugged off negativity about climbing pregnant and that there was a specific harness that would allow me to carry on safely and comfortably. If MadRock make maternity harnesses, climbing with a bump must be ok and becoming more common. I had visions of me hiding my bump and only climbing when it was really quiet, to avoid people voicing their opinions at me – our climbing hall is full of observing parents who sit watching while their children have lessons. I was worried about an audience of disproving looks. But they don’t climb, they don’t know about the good it does for your mind and body and how addictive it is. I dug a little bit deeper and found this on youtube: a professional climber call Carrie Cooper, who climbed right past her due date. Her relaxed attitude is cool. She has climbed for 10 years and didn’t intend on stopping unless her body said so because she loves everything about it so much. This cemented the idea that I’d be ok. As if this wasn’t inspirational enough, I saw another video shortly after of the same lady going on a climbing trip with another mum. Then I saw a very pregnant climber at my local wall, the only one I’ve ever seen climbing with a bump in the flesh. I took it as a sign. Normal people can do it too. Her husband had her on a tight top rope and she breezed the wall, clearly doing what she has always done. 10736005_10152880498103760_791500471_n A couple of days after getting back from Florida I went climbing. I was feeling lazy. After 2 full weeks off and only doing a couple of sessions prior to this with all the wedding planning getting in the way, motivation was low. So when I struggled to get up the wall and was easily tired I put it down to this. In the following weeks pure exhaustion set in, a constant head ache plagued me and I was finding getting through my working day with my eyes open really hard. Then I found out I was 4 weeks pregnant.

I was 9 weeks pregnant at my hen do:

Maybe the only time you’ll see Taz in a dress:

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I was also really ill from the day after my hen party and this stayed all over Christmas: a flu bug and then continual raging morning sickness to go with it. I was in bed for 5 days solid, completely out of it. The thought of tea and coffee made me feel sick. I don’t know if it was the baby or the cut down from 10 brews a day to none that gave me the first migraines of my life. I have a separate baby blog.

We got married on 29th December, 10 weeks into growing a baby. Our wedding day was beautiful and I don’t think our ceremony could have been any more special. When we get our professional photo’s back, I’ll post a couple. 10906563_10153058270628760_4553543143758460738_n 10952362_10153101469353760_2232238196122654672_n We went away to Scotland for a mini break with the dogs where all I did was blissfully sleep the entire day. 10885377_10152443955326511_4440971759105877937_n I ordered the Mountain Mama from the USA to prepare for my climbing future. For those wondering how much it costs to get it to England, basically it was $120 to buy $20 to post and £25 in taxes at the UK side to pick it up, so it was a £120 investment by the time I got hold of it and it took just over 3 weeks to arrive. A tip from crushcrux though: ask your local wall if they’ll stock a MountainMama that you can rent, if you don’t want one of your own. 10950912_10153092228908760_1276876220_n I had to tell the children’s parents that I look after that I’d be having a year off from 17th July which is the start of the summer holidays. I plan to work every single day. I’m self employed, so if I’m off I’ve got to pay for the cover or organise refunds if I’m off and that’s just not practical when you’ve just paid for a wedding, as reasonably prices as it was. I also have my maternity to save for – you don’t get much being self employed but it’s nice that you can have some time off like most people. The MountainMama harness arrived so I will try this out – my ordinary harness still fits but for catching falls it’s better that it isn’t my waist taking the strain. I am hoping I’m still able to use this in Spring and early Summer when we go camping and and have the opportunity to climb outdoors. 10937435_10153103815143760_1636600530_n I’ll I’ll update the blog soon 🙂 Jemma x

A climbers life: Wales, England and France

We got home from our last big trip 15 months ago! Time flies.

But what’s weird is that we’ve just been getting on with life without me pecking Taz’s head to commit to more travel dreams. But it’s slowly creeping back now, phew. I feel as though another trip is in order but it will be at least a year away. Being attached to our home comforts and having to jack in all your financial security has held us back a bit firmer this time. There’s also an amazing Thai takeaway 5 minutes from our house so when I crave Thai food (this happens a LOT) I am satisfied immediately and I’m not drawn to flight websites as much.The lady that owns the place knows us well and just reminds me of what we loved about Thailand, we go 2 or 3 times a week sometimes. It’s really good and handy after a climb or swim when it’s late and you can’t be arsed cooking and you have the willpower to drive past the chippy. Chicken noodle soup is my ultimate favourite.

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Back in March we popped in to visit an old friend we met back in 2009 when we were climbing in Thailand. Johan is French, he lives in Grenoble and climbs 8a! He lives with his room mate Julian who is the man behind some of the best climbing films ever made. His company is Baraka Flims. We were in the presence of an idol. You don’t have to love climbing to be impressed by their creations. We spent the week in France, 2 nights with Johan where we did some trekking and indoor climbing (rain!) before driving to Ceuze and Sisteron to climb and stay in a rented farmhouse for 4  days. The walk in to Ceuze took us about 3 hours because we got lost and it was so steep my knees hurt for weeks afterwards. It was worth it just to see a few really famous climbs, like Biographie. Sisteron had a roadside crag, no snow, and was nice and warm. Big thumbs up! We squeezed in a quick drive (and speeding fine) to Marseilles for a day on the beach. Then back up to Johan’s to say bye and have a crazy night in a random drum and bass place where everyone was out in hoodies and trainers. I was surprised by how much I liked the place and the music. We were lucky with the weather, at sea level it reached about 15-20 degrees most days with virtually no rain so perfect for climbing, other than in Grenoble where it was none stop. We were invited to tag along to the Petzl rock trip happening later this year in Eastern Europe where Julian will be filming and as amazing as it sounds, realistically work won’t allow that to happen.

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We went to a random camping pod last month for a night away in York, and climbed at Harrogate climbing center on the way home. It was raining for a change. The pod was ace and is great to escape to for some peace and quiet. It’s adults only. Bliss.

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We went to Sheffield to watch CWIF again. We did one route at horseshoe quarry where we were rained off and it was so windy, so we spent a couple of hours in Awesome walls instead to finish off. We returned to Sheffield awesome walls a few weeks later to see off Jason and Sarah who are now in China and will be away travelling for a year. They have a blog and it’s awesome. They met our friends from our local wall, John and Sarah whilst in the Rusty Bolt Bar in Yangshuo, they are away for 2 years going to similar places I think, but had never actually met before. Small world.

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But anyway we’ve been climbing… a lot! We’ve dabbled at Denham quarry and I led my first trad route “Mohammed the Morbid Mogul” a Severe 4a route. We climbed at Anglezarke and I lead “Metamorphosis”, a VS 4c which I loved and a few others that were less memorable.

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We’ve been sport climbing in North Wales again. Our mate Chris came with us this time. His first taste of real rock. He did good! It was really sunny. We did a couple of routes at Penmaen Head first and then headed round to Llandullas. We must be slightly better than last year because I remember crapping myself on a 6b called “White Man’s Burden” and couldn’t climb it so I was chuffed to get it this year. Although inside I’m sort of breaking barriers with my climbing indoors and I’m able to on-sight pretty much anything below a 6c and redpoint up to 7a now, it’s nice to see this might be helping me grow bigger balls for outside. We chilled at the top of Llandullas cave with some ciders afterwards and then stopped at the chippy on the way back to the A55 and sat outside. It was a really nice day out, I enjoyed everything about it.

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Llanddulas Cave @ Forgotten Sun Area. The climb is “The Man With The India-Rubber Head” 15m 6a *

 

Penmaenrhos Wall at Penmaen Head. The climb is "Helyg Crack" 12m 6a *

Penmaenrhos Wall at Penmaen Head. The climb is “Helyg Crack” 12m 6a *

 

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Our mate Chris on Penmaenrhos Wall at Penmaen Head. The climb is “Red Handed” 12m 6a

We have had the opportunity to take my cousins Becky and Ben climbing outdoors too which was nice. We got a nice night after work at Anglezarke and set up a couple of top ropes. They climb on a Monday night with me indoors and they seem to be loving it as much as me.

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Ben on “Metamorphosis” at Anglezarke, a VS 4C route

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Becky on “Metamorphosis” at Anglezarke, a VS 4C route

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This bank holiday just gone we went down to Tremadog to camp with Joel and Mike who we met briefly at John and Sarah’s leaving do a few months back (now in China). I built my first belay station from just nuts (not a bolt in sight!!), eek! And I led my first multi-pitch climb which was also trad. Routes completed include Merlin (Hvs 5a), One step in the clouds Vs 4c), Christmas curry (Hs 4b) and Poor man’s putrid (S). The camp site belongs to Eric Jones who’s now an OAP but in his time he soloed the Eigre and was (and still is, I believe) a base jumping enthusiast. What a legend! He was hanging around the cafe at breakfast so I said hello, and he said he liked my bike 🙂

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The route is “Poor Man’s Peuterey” a Servere 55 meter route which we did in 3 pitches, Taz led the first, I did the traverse and Taz led the last, pictured here on the last leg.

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We discovered LLanberis slate too whilst driving home from Tremadog. A spectacular sight. We got a few routes done. Started with a 4+ called “Titan”. A low grade, yes but this was our first time on slate and I didn’t want to jump straight into the 6’s like a blind maniac. The 4+ was called Titan in the Never Never Land area, pretty straight forward! We did the 6a+ next to this next, called “Zeus”. It had one slightly tougher move that felt a tiny bit exposed but more because there was that much wind blasting down the wall you felt you were going to get blow off it. Next we headed away from the wind and down to California, the Tambourine Man Area where we had a brew and a pot of porridge before climbing “We No Speak Americano”, a sweet 6a with a daring crux that involved a thigh grip for me around a block, shuffling up to reach a great ledge. It was a cool day. I couldn’t believe our surroundings, so beautiful. Climbing on slate is a brand new experience for us and we liked it. The sharp edges, cracks and clean cut ledges were amazing to see and have a go on. It got late in the day, we had the bank holiday traffic to contend with so headed home via McDonalds at around 6pm.

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Jemma belaying Joel on “We No Speak Americano”

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With all this adventure and general enjoyment of being in England and mini trips at the moment it’s easy to get comfy. And I’m enjoying life here at the moment, and other than the stress of looking after other people’s babies, I feel content, eek. If we don’t set a future travelling plan of action into stone just yet, I’m 30 the year after next so I’m hopeful that as a last resort a mid life crisis will happen and will spur me on and even more amazing things will happen! The most important thing is that we love what we’re doing and we make happen whatever it is that we want to happen. And at the moment it seems a 3/4 week break each year will suffice and provide ample adventure.

Jemma x

2 weeks today we set of on an 80 day adventure through Asia

Jemma here… 2 weeks today we set of on an 80 day adventure through Asia… Climbing, eating and sleeping our way through 4 (I suppose 5 if Hong Kong wants to be seperate from China…) SE Asian countries.

Without wanting to offend people that are genuinely not wanting to travel in life, I’ve got a personal opinion to share before we leave on this trip aimed at people that do want to travel. I have only met 2 other people that feel the same way as I do (Craig and Sarah M!) about travel being an actual lifestyle. I thought this time I should mention how we feel and why we do it, or at least why “I” do it, to start things off. I’ve read a lot of interesting travel blog’s recently and the best ones have a bit of controversy in them, so here’s my contribution, to boot wannabe travellers who are browzing blogs for inspiration into action and a small part of this is to educate people that know me but don’t understand my life choices, why I don’t concentrate on the things most people want from life (Yes I am 26, have a partner of 6+ years and have no plans for children in the near future – shock horror) and might even believe I go on long holidays because I don’t want to work hard. Hmm when you think about it… who would work themselves to death over a life of travel? Most of you actually….

So…

What’s scarier than totally risking your career to travel? Everything. That’s what. Especially not travelling at all! Risk it, don’t be conned by yourself into thinking like 99.9% of the population and not go because it’s not the “right time”, because “someone’s going to get promoted soon and it might be me”, because “we have a mortgage to think about”, because “we’re saving to get married”…. blah blah blah… excuses excuses….

I’ve got a mortgage.

I’ve got a job.

It’s not like you’ll be catching me thinking “oh my god I missed out on that teeny tiny pay rise whilst I was sipping a cold Chang on a sunny Thai island after a day of climbing, exploring and swimming in the sea for the 80th day in a row.”

Don’t wait for the right travel partner, don’t wait for the right time at work, don’t wait til you’ve saved a fortune because believe me I hear it all the time – and they NEVER do it – Always waiting. Sitting and waiting…!! People say this to me all the time – “I wish I’d done that when I was younger”. Don’t turn into one of those wishers when you get old. It’s only “normal” to save, get a bigger house, a better job and more children because most people do. But there are people like me too. What’s wrong with the way I want to do things? When I get doubts about whether I’m living in a dream world, I remind myself of the old wishers.
You can earn more, gain more, but you can’t take money to the garve with you, you know. All that material is pretty worthless in the end. I think we can ALL agree on that 🙂 I am content in feeling that I haven’t got married yet because everyone else is and haven’t had kids yet because everyone else is because there’s people out there that do it for the wrong reasons and aren’t quite so happy ever after. I can think of a few people that I’m not close to anymore because they get so wrapped up in what everyone else is doing with life and try to do the same and it really winds me up, it’s my guess that they’ll end up old wishers too. When I do those things it’ll be the right time.

Popular Excuses I’ve heard over the years…

1. Nobody to go with – book into a hostel, you’ll have lots of friends. Done.

2. Not enough money – put a 1 way flight on a credit card (our Bali one way was £330, Bangkok return this time £549 and you can get to Oz for cheap nowerdays too) and get a working visa to pay it off. Ta-da.

3. Miss out on career – You might not want that job when you’ve opened your eyes to the rest of the world and realised how dull your plans were anyway. Sorted. Of the travellers I’ve met, few go home and continue as normal in terms of jobs, your perspective changes, you can’t be arsed with the same crap day in day out when there’s a whole world out there and so much more interesting stuff to do.

4. Pension – Are you 65 yet? No… and when you are you can spend your life savings on nursing home fees while you’re fighting arthritis/cancer/heart disease… lucky us.

5. I’ll regret it – You’ll get over it. And you’ll regret not going anyway.

6. Kids – Erms I don’t know what to say, other than you’re lucky you if they’ve not started school yet and can take them with you?!

Take it from me, you really won’t give a shite if you get home and people have “progressed”. If you want to do it, do it. Take this as the kick up the arse you’ve been sat about waiting for. If you are content and don’t want to travel far and wide in your life then good for you. GENUINELY don’t want to offend this group of people that I can’t begin to understand and relate to. Want to travel indefinitely – DO IT… Want to take a year out – DO IT… Want a career break – FOR GOD SAKE JUST DO IT…!

But I’m not a perfect example – I am also trying to be a good fiancé and sticking to shorter trips to keep him happy! You can’t have it all it seems without facing bigger sacrifices…

Book a flight for now/future and start planning. You won’t look back 🙂

Ok I’ve finished my rant.

If you enjoyed it an want to read more, here’s an inspirational article I came across recently, similar ideas as me, but written much better!…

http://www.bootsnall.com/articles/12-10/what-ive-learned-from-life-and-travel.html?utm_source=BootsnAll+Travel&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=3b44bc6910-RSS_EMAIL

WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON SINCE BIG TRIP 2009

A whopping 3 years and 4 months ago? LOADS! Starting at the beginning, I finished University whilst working full time selling holidays and earning a decent amount of money. This took  alot of getting used to after 6 months away, I’d find myself having a little cry in my car before starting a 8/9 hour shift, I had a really hard time re-adjusting. I just didn’t want to be back yet! I didn’t see the point. To pass time, we bought a repossessed house in Ashton (Preston) and renovated it. I love our house. I got a 2:2 at University in Business and Tourism Management – my heart just wasn’t in it but it’s better than leaving empty handed! I have since realised that I love to travel and read and write travel but studying travel is a different kettle of fish and it isn’t quite as exciting. I worked a year at a holiday village 10 miles away with a plan to progress to management (I had to choose something?!) and Taz went self-employed in his trade as an electrician. I managed to land a job in a hotel locally in management so left the holiday village, but after 6 short months I decided it wasn’t for me, I had a “why am I in this concrete block 60 hours a week?” moment, and I left and became a childminder. I have been a childminder for over year and it’s by far the best paid, best hours, most fun job I’ve ever had. For the last year I’ve been looking after toddlers and school children and filling my days with zoo trips, swimming, beaches, parks and play areas etc. I will stay in this job after travelling, I have my kids lined up to start back with me after the trip so we won’t have to worry about finding new jobs when we get home. I have no doubt though that I’ll find it incredibly hard to re-adjust again.

In my free time we climb 2 or 3 times a week, for 3-4 hours at a time mostly indoors where it’s a bit cozier and there’s cafe’s and… vending machines. I’m happier now than I’ve ever been in any other work/play situation in the UK, doing exactly what I enjoy. I have no boss and I can climb lots. 1 more change, we got engaged July 2011.

Where have we been to since the Big Asia 2009 trip? We’ve only managed to fit in 2 short but sweet holidays around the massive home renovation which absorbed nearly every free penny and all our free time! So we went to Agadir in Morocco for a week in Feb 2010 and then we did a rock climbing trip in a beautiful little town called Montserrat in Spain in June this year. We stayed in a monastry converted apartment block which was basic but comfy and lovely and I didn’t want to leave. Such nice views and amazing dry but cool, high up in the mountains type weather. We’ve also been camping a few times, and travelled about the country going to rock climbing competitions and turned them into weekends away. We’re not major competitiors or anything, just like rubbing shoulders with the best! Anyway – both more than ready for 80 days of Asia 🙂

OUR 3 MONTH PLAN

You couldn’t meet a more excited couple right now.

Thinking about the 3 months that’s quickly approaching us it gives us butterflies the size of wide screen TV’s. 80 days of travel, starting with another Qatar flight to Bangkok. We’ll miss Christmas this year. I will especially miss my niece Lily because I see her almost every day. But missing 3 months of a cold, rainy winter to have big sunny adventures does appeal!

Asia wasn’t our original destination this time. We were supposed to be going to visit Taz’s relatives who had moved to Canada, do a little trip through the Rockies and then head down to the Caribbean via the USA. When we heard the relatives were moving back to England we made a small loss each on our Canadian flights and re-booked to Thailand for Cheaper flights and cheaper travel/food/accom overall. Budget = paupers in Northern America or Kings in Asia. We decided on the King option. We were going to include a trip to Vegas in the original plan, but we are going to the Vegas of the East this time – Macau. So we’ll see how that turns out.

CLIMBING, CLIMBING, CLIMBING!

I will include as much detail about the climbing as possible in special little sections of our future blog for those that are reading up on the climbing over there. Climbing, food and meeting other travelers is what travel is all about for us. This time we’ll have ALL of our rock climbing gear with us. Although we were lucky enough to meet travellers in Krabi last time that shared their gear, this time we’re trying to fit in as much climbing as possible so we’re taking a new 70 meter rope, harnesses, chalk bags, slings, a mountain of quickdraws and carabiners, climbing shoes and belay devices etc… HEAVY!! This is just some of the stuff we’ve been collecting together in the front room so we don’t leave anything behind on the day.

We’re taking the same bags (the reliable and lovely Berghaus Jalan’s), so we’ll have to cut back on something. But I do have every intention of packing hair straighteners this time if they fit in, as my massive curly hair is not suited to humidity and sometimes I just want to look like I haven’t been dragged through a bush for occasional classier nights out than flip flop beach bars.

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So the itinerary…

  • 6th November – Bangkok. We’ll spend a few days in the city, Taz wants to do some fishing here too, you can catch fresh water stingray apparently. Then we’ll head down south for climbing in the Railay/Tonsai area, we’ll go to the full moon party on Phi Phi (we dont want to make the effort to get to Phagnan, because we’ve been before) on the 28th Nov and then up to Chang Mai for a week and maybe see some sights along the way. All in all, we’ll spend 29 nights in Thailand during this leg.
  • 5th December – We’re flying to Macau to see the famed gambling city, and also see Hong Kong which is an hour and a half boat trip away and then see Yangshuo for some climbing, especially the location of the petzl climbing trip 2011. 15 nights.
  • 20th December – We’re flying into Clark airport in the Philippines for Christmas and New year. We’re going to the relatively unspoiled Bantayane Island, but other destinations to be decided. 20 nights. (AIR ASIA HAVE JUST SENT AN EMAIL TODAY ADVISING THAT AFTER 1ST DECEMBER 2012 THERE WILL BE NO SERVICE BETWEEN CLARK AND HK – SO TODAY IM CLAIMING MY REFUND AND RE-PLANNING THIS PART, OOPSY!)
  • 9th January – We’re flying from Clark to Kuala Lumpur for 4 nights. I want to see the Petronas towers in all their glory at night time again. So beautiful. So romantic!
  • 13th January – KL to Krabi, Thailand. So 11 more nights left, we’ll probably climb lots more in this region and explore the area. Sarah and her cousin Laura will be in Thailand at this time so we hope to meet up with them, especially as Sarah has recently got into climbing too. In general we hope to OD on massages and thai food before we have to come home!
  • 24th January Home from Bangkok to Manchester (back to work Monday morning…)

FRIENDS
It’s nice to meet up with people that you know whilst you’re away.

Craig, who we met up with in Bangkok last time we were travelling happens to be in Thailand whilst we’re there again so we’ll meet up with him for a bit and he’s even offered to take us both on our first scuba dive if possible. He’ll be working as a scuba instructor for a few months I believe.

We’ll also be hooking up with my friend SarahE again, Sarah is one of my closest friends (and future bridesmaid), she visited us on our last trip for 3 weeks in Thailand and she’s coming again in January to Thailand (possibly KL too) with her cousin Laura for 3 weeks, with a trip to Dubai on their way home! Better luck this time though, last time Sarah’s appendix burst whilst we were away…

There’s also an overdue reunion to happen with SarahM who I met when I worked on a ranch in Colorado. Luckily she only lives in Stockport so we met up and talked travel lots and drank wine lots before she took off with her boyfriend Ali to Asia and Oz more than 2 years ago! I can’t wait to see them both again, possibly in the Philippines?!

BYE FOR NOW!!
JemAndTaz x