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How to Take Notes on The Road

Taking notes ‘To lose a passport was the least of one’s worries: to lose a notebook was a catastrophe. In twenty odd years of travel, I lost only two. One vanished on an Afghan bus. The other was filched by the Brazilian secret police, who, with a certain clairvoyance, imagined that some lines I had written – about the wounds of a Baroque Christ – were a description, in code,…

A2A Expedition: Part 1, Senegal: God, Trade and the Harmattan

A lifetime ago my family and I drove our Land Rover from Peru into Ecuador. The Peruvian coast is an endless sea of sand, dry cities and unloved desert. After dropping down from the heavenly Andes and her eternal switchbacks the straight coastal road is both a relief and a beautiful bore. After days of khaki desert you eventually reach the border post and cross into Ecuador to be greeted…

We support The World's Big Sleep Out

We're rallying behind ‘The World’s Big Sleep Out’ (TWBSO), a global event which will take place this Saturday 7th December. The event aims to highlight that homelessness is a global issue, uniting people around the world to raise awareness of the problem. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9eKg8eRniU Most major cities across the globe are set to host a ‘Big Sleep Out’, inviting members of the public to sleep outside for one night only. Over…

Madagascar: Part Six: Life in Camp

By Jenny Carew To live in the middle of the Malagasy rainforest for 10 days will certainly come with it’s challenges. Home comforts are stripped bare, and everyday things we take for granted are replaced by natures refreshing, yet challenging alternative. With no electricity in the daytime (only by solar panels), no wifi, phone signal, showers or running toilets, it was back to basics and I was ready to disconnect…

Madagascar : Part Five: Protecting the Lemurs

By Jenny Carew We left camp at 6am to hike through thick rainforest before the heat of the day set in. Lemur walks was one of the hardest routes on the expedition. A mixture of steep climbs through rough terrain in the humid rainforest called for frequent re-hydration breaks and intervals to ease burning calf muscles and heavy backpacks. We were with a great team from Madagascar Vokajy, a charity…

Madagascar: Part Four: Travelling to Camp [2/2]

By Jenny Carew https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtIh33UhA2A Watch the video about this blog here (Filmed with Olympus Tough TG - 5) The day we entered the rainforest had arrived and there was a sense of anticipation in the air. We planed to leave the hotel in the early morning to ensure we had enough time to travel to the basecamp, set up our tents and settle in to camp before nightfall. We brought…

Madagascar: Part Four : Travelling to Camp [1/2]

By Jenny Carew https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtIh33UhA2A It was the early hours in the morning, 3am to be precise; I arrived at Manchester Airport, ready to meet the Chester Zoo team. The airport was somewhat deserted at this hour, silent with the odd squeak of trainers as workers began their day and people sleeping on the benches waiting for their flight. I met the team at check in, our long trail of luggage…

Madagascar: Part Three: Training for the Jungle

By Jenny Carew To prepare for our time in the jungle, I joined the Chester Zoo team for multiple training sessions. These made sure that we were ready and equipped to live in the rainforest for 10 days. Over the course of a few weeks we met up for different training sessions, including healthcare, equipment and practical skills. The World Travel Clinic gave a great talk about what we may…

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Madagascar: Part Two: Packing for An Adventure

By Jenny Carew So, as the departure date looms for the beginning of the expedition with Chester Zoo, the packing has begun! But what should I take for two weeks of travelling when you have to carry all of your own kit? Lightweight is a priority, alongside items I can wash, dry and don’t have to iron. I’ve handpicked my key pieces which are lightweight, packable, and full of technology…