Bonus Post – Music

When we were planning our trip we were inspired by the fabulous book The Idle Traveller by Dan Kieran

It reminded me of a song by one of the best bands in our lifetime.

The Tourist

It barks at no one else but me
Like it’s seen a ghost
I guess it seen the sparks a-flowing
No one else would know
Hey man slow down, slow down
Idiot, slow down, slow down

Sometimes I get overcharged
That’s when you see sparks
You ask me where the hell I’m going
At a thousand feet per second
Hey man slow down, slow down
Idiot slow down, slow down
Hey man slow down, slow down
Idiot slow down, slow down

Bonus Post – Toothpaste

Another toothpaste update!!! Yep, this could go on, and on….for as long as we clean our teeth….

After the jasmine flavour, then the lemon and lime flavour we hit rock bottom with thyme and longjing (Google translate) flavour.

It tasted of warm, milky tea and made me gag and heave everytime I used it. Needless to say I needed to get new toothpaste as I was getting tired of morning (and evening) sickness.

I decided to go old school with a minty flavour, what a relief, although the amount of foam produced is quite alarming!

But then Paula came to the rescue with good old Colgate……what a refreshing change, it was a lovely few days of refresh, clean teeth with little foam.

So, in conclusion, mint is classic flavour for toothpaste, although many of you probably knew that already and didn’t need to travel half the world to discover that. 

BTW…..Guy still reeks of thyme and longjing.

Fitbit update

When I left work they bought me a fitbit so I would know how far I walked and how much I slept. I was chuffed to bits with the present and thought I would give an update on it, in case any of them are still reading the blog. 


September – 217 hours

October – 214 hours

November – 240 hours

December – 177 hours so far……

Walked – miles

September – 233 miles

October – 230 miles

November – 220 miles

December – 135 miles so far……

Walked – 455,761steps


Fitbit is a little scratched but still working fine, small suntan line can be seen if you squint at the photo. Guy disputes this. 


Thankfully the fitbit cannot register my calorific intake of dumplings. 


So we started off walking more miles than we slept in hours and as we have moved into ‘traveller’ mode we are sleeping more hours than miles we have walked. Result!!

Bonus Post – Toothpaste

Many of our regular readers have been frantically writing in, demanding an update on our toothpaste situation. Well folks we don’t want to disappoint!

We can confirm that the Chinese Jasmine Tea flavour is finished but the exciting news is that we are now cleaning our pearly whites with Taiwanese Lemon and Lime flavour. Yes that’s right folks, LEMON and LIME flavour!

Whilst the Jasmine tea taste was, at first, a little strange. Lemon and Lime is straight out of the blocks providing a refreshing citrus taste, every time. 

Until next time!

Disclaimer – wanting a gin & tonic after cleaning your teeth is not our responsibility 

Bonus Post – Music

We love music.

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly, creeping
Left its seeds while I was, sleeping
And the vision, that was planted in my brain… still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a streetlamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound, of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs, that voices never shared
No one dared
Disturb the sound, of silence

“Fools,” said I, “You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows”
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed, in the wells, of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said, “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls,
And tenement halls”
And whispered in the sounds, of silence”

Paul Theroux quote from Ghost Train To The Eastern Star.

What an apt quote from my latest book……

“You think of travellers as bold, but our guilty secret is that travel is one of the laziest ways on earth of passing the time.  Travel is not merely the business of being bone idle, but also an elaborate bumming evasion, allowing us to call attention to ourselves with our conspicuous absence while we intrude upon other people’s privacy – being actively offensive as fugitive freeloaders.”