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Sunset Camp 1

Surf ‘n’ Turf

This may be showing my age, but the University tagline used to be ‘Where the Mountains Meet the Sea’. It’s always nice therefore to have a day where I manage to get in the sea and then head off into the hills. Things have been a little quiet here since we returned from holiday. Anna...

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Save the Beach – The Maldives

After a final night on Dhigura we had another early start and a very quick breakfast at the guest house. We then caught the 2-hour speedboat all the way back to Malé. Although we still had things to do today and another night in another hotel on Hulhumalé it felt like the beginning of a...

Manta Ray 2

Dhigurah – The Maldives

After another night of no sleep we had breakfast at the Antares Guest House on Dhangethi and then packed all of our stuff ready for a speedboat ride to the neighbouring island of Dhigurah. It only took 15 minutes before we slowed and entered the blue waters of the harbour. Once again, there was quite...

Chilling in a Joali 1

Dhangethi – The Maldives

After a bumpy speedboat ride from North Malé Atoll to South Ari Atoll we arrived at the island of Dhangethi and moored in the harbour. It was clear straight away that this was a local island and not a well-manicured resort. There was work being carried out around the harbour and development was taking place...

Fruit Market 5

Malé Tour – The Maldives

After a couple of nights of luxury on the resort island of Bandos, our Maldives holiday continued with a speedboat ride back to Malé. Today it was hot, sticky and sunny as we arrived on the dockside by the airport. We soon met up with Zaff, our guide for the week and met the others...

Island Paradise 3

The Maldives – Bandos Resort Island

After a long flight and arrival in the Maldives during a torrential storm, we were soon on board a speedboat for a 15 minute transfer to the island resort of Bandos. There are so many island resorts to choose from that it can be over-whelming. They all offer similar things but can range in price...

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Off to the Maldives

It’s not every day that we have a holiday such as this, but it’s our 20th wedding anniversary this year so we thought it was time to save up and treat ourselves to the holiday of a lifetime in the Maldives. Most people that go to the Maldives, at least from the UK, tend to...

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Chilly Cadair Idris

As mentioned previously, I’m hoping to backpack along the West Highland Way later in the year. Honing my gear choices is one thing, but I can’t ignore the physical preparation as well. The best, and most fun. training for such an endeavour is of course hiking in the hills with a full backpack! With a...

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Testing my Tent

As noted in my previous post, I recently purchased a new lightweight tent and constructed a homemade footprint for it. Since buying the tent I’d been dying to try it out, but time and mainly the weather had prevented me from doing so. I’m planning to do some backpacking later in the year – hopefully...

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Custom Made Tent Footprint

A tent footprint is just a fancy name for what we always (“back in the day”) called a groundsheet. In essence, it’s a piece of material that goes under your tent and serves two main purposes: Modern tents don’t need this as the base of the tent itself will be waterproof and should be fairly...