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Just a rough idea of my planned itinerary.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Well, we made it to Berlin and are having a great time wandering the streets, eating sausages and getting lost.

Getting to Berlin however wasn't nearly as simple as one would expect....

Friday, December 10, 2004
G'day! Well, the fact that I haven't had to post on this page for five months is great news. It means that everything has been running smoothly *touch wood* on my website. This is just a backup journal for when I have trouble accessing my website. If you've just stumbled across this page, you can access my website 'The Savage Files' by using the links on this page.

In two weeks' time, it will be Christmas... again. Another Christmas a million miles from home *sigh* The day after Christmas, my Spanish chica and myself are flying to Berlin, and then over a period of weeks, making our way to Russia. So jump on over to The Savage Files, and follow the adventure. If I have trouble posting onto my website from Siberia, you may find a couple of messages back here on this page....


Wednesday, July 14, 2004

I´ve been trying desperately to update my website, but it ain´t easy. This morning, I took a two and a half hour bus ride to Almeria to get to an internet cafe. The first one was closed down, the second had no connection, the third was closed down, and the fourth won´t let me use my laptop. Therefore, no photos, no stories. Sorry. I tried.
I´m working hard renovating a 150 year old stone farmhouse in Chercos, an hour or so from Almeria, Spain. Until I find decent internet access, my updates will just be short notes on this page. Thanks for all your emails, and thanks to all the people who have reserved copies of my upcoming book "Everywhere but Missouri, mate!". If you haven´t reserved a copy yet, don´t miss out! Follow the links from my journal page.
Gotta go, almost time for the long bus ride back to Chercos.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004
G’day all. Well, spring is in the air and it’s time for me to come out of hibernation. Bletchingley has been a great place to hide away from the winter, but the time has come for me to spread my wings (like the mixed metaphors?) and see a bit more of the country. Plans are falling into place rapidly, and the tentative itinerary can be found below. It’s a fairly flexible schedule, and I may be able to make changes if necessary. Having said that, I’ve learnt from past travels that a schedule can sometimes change all by itself!

This weekend, I’m hoping to be able to take Mai into London. With luck, we’ll catch up with our friends Rob, Andy and Michelle
and also a new friend Mark
I’ve been contacted by another world traveller who’s just arrived in London, and he and I are hoping to meet over the weekend. I’m sure we’ll have plenty of stories to swap. Check out

After the weekend, the trip could look something like this:

Sun 25th and Mon 26th - Oxford, to catch up with a long lost cousin Matt, and complete the Winston Churchill challenge!

Tues 27th and Wed 28th – Northampton, to stay with Penny, a fellow Couchsurfer and friend of Casey, my mate in Anchorage, Alaska

Thur 29th and Fri 30th – Stoke-on-Trent, to visit Tim and Suzan who've invited me to stay

Sat 1st and Sun 2nd – Warrington, Cheshire, a reunion with Mike, a friend from Banana Bungalow, Hollywood twelve years ago.

Mon 3rd and Tues 4th – York, to stay with a reader whose details I've lost!

Wed 5th and Thur 6th- Newcastle, to stay with a reader whose details I've lost!

Fri 7th and Sat 8th – Blyth, to surprise James and Steve, who I met in a bar in Memphis. James owns two pubs!

Sun 9th and Mon 10th – Derbyshire, to visit my ex-girlfriend Sara's parents, and watch videos of her recent wedding!

Tuesday 11th – London, to visit the Queen, and twist Charles' ears!

Wednesday 12th – back to Redhill, where I have a couple of small jobs to complete before heading to Spain and Morocco for a long overdue suntan!

Monday, April 19, 2004
I'm online with my new laptop, but not quite up to speed as far as accessing my website. I'm off to try another internet cafe, since I recall having similar problems at this joint with my previous machine. Wish me luck!

Saturday, April 03, 2004
My trusty laptop died an hour after posting the latest journal update. Repair is uneconomical.
Bad news.

Sunday, February 08, 2004
Finally, after working thirty-two days straight, I've relented and taken a day off. Last night after wiork, I caught a train down to Brighton, by the seaside. Well, it was a train when I boarded, but changed into a bus somewhere along the way. Long story.

So here i am in Brighton, staying for a couple of nights with Becky, who invited me through my website. It's a cool but bright Sunday morning- almost afternoon now- and after the big cooked breakfast Becky just prepared, I think we're about to go exploring the sights of Brighton.

It's not often that I meet someone who's travelled more than I have, but I tell you I'm way out of my league this time. Becky has travel stories that'll keep you up till two in the morning, like last night for example. Her loungerooom is adorned with photographs from around the world; a boab tree at sunset in Namibia, a lone cyclist on a Sudanese desert track, a slope of windswept trees in Patagonia, street dancers in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Her extensive travels include:
* eighteen years growing up in Brazil
* a year cycling from London to Capetown
* three months selling jewellery at a market stall in Japan
* six months cycling in India, getting hit by a bus, cycling into a sewerage ditch, and setting fire to her hotel room .. all in three days
* three months in Turkey
* three months working in a backpackers hostel in South Africa
* being attacked by gypies in Romania (the same two gypsies on two separate occasions)

.....and she's only thirty. Crikey!

Gotta go to the beach. See ya!


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