‘Hey guys, how are YOU doing today,’ asked a beaming Renee at her brocante-style store in Main Street, El Dorado. I toyed with telling her I felt like I was in the early stages of labour, but decided she’d worry for either a) my sanity or b) her beautifully polished oak floor. ‘We’re great thanks,’ … More Sick, and 5,000 miles from the NHS. What now?
We were sweet seventeen, Carol and I–heading for a summer in Sweden without our parents. The fact that we would be staying at the homes of our new found Swedish penfriends (both of whom had parents of their own) didn’t seem to matter somehow. We felt sophisticated, boarding that plane. And so excited that we … More Scandinavia: the sequel
My favourite year for music is 1982. In fact, three of my top five albums of all time were released in that year. One of those is Rio by Duran Duran. I know this is a travel blog, but music looms large in the lives of the 2emptynesters and we all know how songs can … More Sigiriya – save a prayer for Lion Rock
In 1857, a 22 year old James Gibson would have seen Pointe de Galle (or simply, Galle, as it is now) for the first time some way off in the distance. He would have noticed the large, robust fort on the headland which indicated the harbour beyond. He would, at this stage of the journey, … More Echoes of the past – a visit to Galle
… that in between blog posts, we are regularly posting across our social media channels. We use Twitter to keep people up to date with what’s happening to us ‘right now’. If you are a Twitter user, follow us … @2emptynesters. If Facebook is more your thing, take a look at our Facebook page. As … More You might not know ….
In the autumn of 2016, we embarked on our biggest travel adventure to date – a self-planned round the world trip that took in many of the places we’d always wanted to see and things we’d always wanted to do. And we wrote much about it. Think of this post as the jumping in point … More Round the world signposter
With a few hours to kill at Singapore airport on the way home, we devised 10 questions about the round the world trip and answered them separately. We’ve purposely omitted photos because we’ve included lots of links to posts that we’ve written, that give much more detail. What surprised you the most? J: The way that … More Round the world round-up in 10 questions
As I explained in a post earlier this year about my inspiration to travel, I have long held an objective to go to 50 countries by the time I’m 50. At about 7pm local time on the 12th October 2016, I reached the target, by setting foot into Japan … some 14 months before I’m … More Nigel reaches a personal milestone – ahead of target
Our ‘man about town’, Faupula Saone, was showing us his neighbourhood and knowing that Jane worked for BBC radio, was keen to show us the station that he provides news items for. So we were marched into BroadCom 89.5FM and were met by 4 smiling, welcoming faces, including the DJ who was on air as … More Amazingly we end up on popular Tongan radio
It’s the time of year when nests tend to be emptied, so we have been reflecting on what inspired each of us to travel and why this stage of life can be the perfect moment to do it. We have both always been curious about other countries and their cultures. And for us, it has been … More It’s an exciting world out there for empty nesters