Blog Archive

27.08.2014
Our neighbours, J and K decided to declare the village of Nezichov an independent state (Anybody seen the old film "Passport to Pimlico"?). While not actually achieving successfully the art of gerrymandering, and an independent state, it has not stopped us wearing independent state tee shirts (bright orange with blue writing) and carrying home-...
18.08.2014
Most people think of culture shock in psychological terms, which allows them to view it as a mental inadequacy.  This explains why some people claim that culture shock never affects them.  Actually, culture shock is the exhaustion resulting from the extra effort, mostly mental and emotional, needed to live ordinary daily life in an environment...
15.08.2014
Entering the Jungle After a short flight to Kuching in Malaysian Borneo we got a car to our hostel where we would spend a few days before heading out to the jungle. On the second day in Kuching we visited a rehabilitation centre connected to our volunteer programme. Orang-utans were at all stages of rehabilitation, from semi wild enclosures to a...
13.08.2014
Zoos, Penang and Locals. After completing my A-levels in the UK and working for 6 months to fund my trip, I began a gap year that would last 5 months and cover 7 countries. Towards the end of this adventure I flew to Kuala Lumpa to spend 4 weeks on a conservation project, at first in a Zoo that was part of a breeding program aimed at saving the...
06.08.2014
Apparently all foreign tourists staying at hotels must give the hotel their passport details and addresses and the hotel is then supposed to inform the local police station of all their details (Bear in mind this was pre EU days). We spoke to a policeman in the nearest town to us. He looked horrified at the thought of all the paperwork this would...