Author: Suyin Kershaw

Singapore: Our Non-Eating Efforts

Sleek, futuristic, food-obsessed Singapore.  A city of billion dollar skyscrapers, luxury shopping malls and rush hour expressways, built on the foundations of hundreds of buffets, hawker centers and restaurants.  A leader in the world economy of banking, shipping and cutting edge technology, all of which are powered along by huge helpings of hainan chicken rice, nasi lemak and wonton mee.  We spent most of our time in Singapore in a self-induced food coma but every now and then we did engage in a few things not found on the usual list (menu).

Singapore: The Birthday Quadfecta

Our time in Europe had ended and we flew from Madrid to Singapore to begin FOUR birthday celebrations.  My mum, dad and brother had already arrived and were well into the shopping, eating and catching up with family.  Thank goodness we had bought some new clothes, jeans for Cleave, dress for me in Madrid, because in less than 24 hours of arriving we were scrubbed up and presentable*, ready for the first one off the rank.  And this one was pretty special.  It was my Mum’s 60th birthday.  Happy Birthday Mum!

Madrid: A Carnivore’s Love Affair

From no-nonsense simplicity to gastronomical science, Madrid takes its food reputation, and by food I mean meat, very seriously.  Whether it be a slice of jamon between two bits of bread or tender slivers of beef blowtorched to the minute level of char, you can be sure this is a city where meat in all its forms, cuts and history, is glorified to an almost revered state.

Spain: The Bárdenas Reales Region

Bárdenas Reales is a semi-desert landscape covering over 42,000 hectares in southeast Navarre.  Made up of clay, chalk and sandstone, years of erosion has sculpted almost lunar effects, full of gullies, plateaux and cliffs.  The first thing we came across were abandoned cave houses cut into the cliffs, now housing swallows in the hundreds.

France: B is for Bordeaux

After our unconventional night we rode off into the sleepy morning for the final push into the bustling sophistication of Bordeaux.  Despite our sleeping arrangements we were in good spirits and looking forward to smashing out the last 25km so we could find breakfast.  Flying over the bridge and onto the River Garonne promenade we were greeted by the stuff of foodie dreams.  Bordeaux’s Marche des Quai,  a fresh food market on every Sunday, selling everything from freshly shucked oysters to stacked piles of warm baguettes to char-grilled prawns.

France: The Time We Wild Camped At McDonalds

It’s amazing when travelling without plans, how your luck can turn in an instant.  Sometimes it’s an unbelievable cup runneth over with golden moments and lucky breaks.  Other times… well.  This was definitely a cup not even remotely runneth over moment.  We started in the lap of luxury and ended 12 hours later squatting in a car park.  Yup.  But let’s start this from the beginning…

Bike Touring: Six Months on the Road

Six months on the road!  Six months of travelling on two bikes, eleven countries (thirteen but we’re not counting our two hours in Bosnia or Vatican City), over 5,000 kilometers and 417 hours, 48 minutes and 47 seconds, give or take, with our butts in the saddle.  For two people who didn’t ride bikes, who didn’t even own bikes, we are absolutely loving this way of travelling.  

England: Downtime With Family

We were excited to get straight to a week of holidaying with the family we ended up riding for eleven days straight without a break, arriving at Sennen Cove TWO days earlier than expected.  Awesome!  However since we didn’t have wifi or a phone we had no way of letting our family know this.  Small detail.  Our plan was to set up at our campsite, have a well-earned shower, ride onto their holiday cottage and see if they were home.  If not we would hang out on their doorstep until they turned up.  We were going to surprise them good.

England: Housesitting For Two

We had signed up to TrustedHousesitters, a house sitting website in the hopes of meeting new people and experiences while being able to slow down with some home comforts.  After a few applications, a flurry of emails and a Skype call later we had secured our very first housesit in the east of England in the small town of Beccles.  Meet our adorable housesitting charges, two very cute furry faces: Emmie and Oscar!