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November 2008

Angi's top 10 list of natural wonders

Here is my list of natural sights that I'm pretty blinking excited to be seeing over the course of our trip. This one is roughly in order of preference...

1. Mount Everest at Everest Base Camp, Tibet - just awe-inspiring
2. Hopefully some kind of erupting or farting volcano, somewhere along the coast of South America - let's chase lava
3. The Salar de Uyuni (salt flats), Bolivia - hallucinogenic by all accounts!
4. Glaciers calving in Patagonia, Chile/Argentina - if we can get there in July
5. General Sherman, the largest giant redwood in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park, California
6. The night sky in the Atacama Desert, Chile - the best place in the world to see the stars (Hollywood? Pah!)
7. The coral reefs around Indonesia (is this cheating because it's not in the animals section?)
8. The Amazon rainforest - the lungs of the world
9. The Blue Hole (technical dive site), Belize - amazing from the inside-out
10. The Grand Canyon, Arizona - you know, the big crack

I hope we'll tick all of these off our list.....

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Jon's top 10 man made wonders

In no particular order...................

1. Easter Island statues
2. Nazca Lines
3. Angkor Wat
4. Macchu Picchu
5. Tikal
6. Great Wall of China
7. Terracotta Army
8. Taj Mahal
9. Borubudur
10. Sydney Opera House


Posted by pendleton 15:35 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged preparation Comments (0)

Angi's top 10 list of animals

This is my top 14 list of animals that I am EXCITED about seeing. Top 10 just wasn't enough!!

Not sure of the particular order of preference yet, but I aim to tick off every animal on this list by April.

1) Giant pandas, China
2) Orang Utans, Malaysia/Indonesia
3) Seahorses, Indonesia
4) Blue footed boobies, Galapagos
5) Jaguars, Belize
6) Komodo dragons, Indonesia
7) Hammerhead sharks, Galapagos
8) Koalas, Australia
9) Frigate birds, Galapagos
10) Kangaroos, Australia
11) Platypus(es), Australia
12) Proboscis monkeys, Malaysia
13) Pink river dolphins, Bolivia
14) Snow monkeys in hot baths, Japan

This is the list of animals that I would like to avoid seeing or otherwise coming into contact with whatsoever:

1) Tarantulas
2) Any kind of spider whatsoever, actually
3) Leeches
4) Cockroaches
5) Fundamentalists

Posted by pendleton 15:32 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged animal Comments (0)

Our email address

We'll be checking this periodically

Please contact us on: pendleton [dot] odyssey [at] gmail [dot] com

Hope to hear from you soon!

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Our planned itinerary

Obviously this is all subject to change, and has already been changed innumerable times since we started the planning process, but this is the current state of our planned itinerary for our world tour

  • 01-Feb From London

  • 02-Feb Snowboarding North America (Powder Mountain - Ogden, Utah)

  • 01-Mar Road trip USA (Hire car: driving down south through the coast of California, east through the southern states and ending up in Florida)

  • 30-Mar Guatemala (3wks Spanish school in Antigua (including over Easter) then to Tikal)

  • 19-Apr Belize (diving at Caye Caulker and Glover's Reef then Jaguar reserve at Cockscomb Basin, plus some Maya stuff)

  • 05-May Mexico (diving at Cozumel and in cenotes plus some more Maya ruins)

  • 20-May Ecuador (Quito, volcanoes)

  • 21-May Galapagos (dive tour 8 days plus land tour 5 days)

  • 05-Jun Peru (Pisco for the sours, Ica/Huacachina sandboarding, Nazca for the lines, Cuzco, Inca Trail, Macchu Picchu)

  • 29-Jun Bolivia (salt flats, Lake Titicaca, river cruise for the pink river dolphins)

  • 20-Jul Argentina (Iguazu falls??, snowboarding, steaks and making like a cowboy)

  • 12-Aug Chile (snowboarding, Atacama stargazing, vineyards guzzling)

  • 02-Sep Easter Island - statues and gin-clear waters for diving

  • 06-Sep Tahiti / French Polynesian islands - more diving! Poss around Fakarava/Moorea

  • 13-Sep Australia: Into Sydney, drive south to Melbourne. Flight up to Brisbane, visit Fraser Island, bus north to Cairns for barrier reef, diving on a liveaboard for 1 week (poss around Mission Beach).

  • 14-Oct China. Entry into Beijing. We will probably self-tour Beijing to Xian to Chengdu, volunteer in Bifenxia Panda sanctuary for up to a week, then will find a tour to take us from Chengdu through Tibet (on the train) onto Nepal.

  • 11-Nov Nepal (transit)

  • 12-Nov India. Areas that we want to visit are Delhi/Agra/Jaipur golden triangle, Rajasthan for lake palace, Bombay, Pune, Goa, Hyderabad. End in Chennai.

  • 10-Dec Thailand (Northern route)

  • 20-Dec Laos (Vientiane, Luang Prabang)

  • 30-Dec Vietnam (Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City)

  • 20-Jan Cambodia (Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh)

  • 30-Jan Thailand (Southern route) - islands

  • 13-Feb Malaysia (Orang utans)

  • 20-Feb Indonesia (Bali, Komodo)

  • 13-Mar Hong Kong & Taiwan

  • 23-Mar Japan: major cities, cherry blossom, sumo and snowboarding. We plan to take the train, have a cup of tea and a bath, go to the toilet and buy something from a vending machine - activities which are excitingly unfamiliar in Japan. All to prepare us for the inevitable...

  • 13-Apr Return home :(

If you are in any of the above areas during the times that we are there, then we'd (probably) love to meet up!

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