Technical difficulties

At home Bernd and I have an iMac, an iPad and a MacBook Pro. We decided to take a laptop on the trip but not our MacBook which is both expensive and heavy. We decided to get a cheap Windows laptop. Bernd did some research and it seemed that a £200 Asus number was good value. If only we’d remembered that wise saying “you get what you pay for”. Continue reading

What to take? Part 3

First Aid

When I realised that pre-packaged first aid kits are completely rubbish my eyes lit up at the prospect of a splurge in Boots. I went to town, as you can see from the photo above which shows my initial set of supplies. When I produced a kit the size of a small dog I saw that some rationalisation was in order. Frankly, if you need wound-closure strips and surgical gloves you might consider consulting a medical professional rather than toughing it out yourself. Continue reading

What to take? Part 2


Smartphone, yes. Smartphone only? No. I can’t surf properly on that thing. I need a bigger screen. Tablet? Getting better, but I also need a mouse and decent browser capability. Laptop it is. A cheap one. Also an excuse to purchase yet another slightly-smaller-than-normal travel gadget in the form of this travel mouse. The cuteness of the retractable cable is worth the £6 alone. Continue reading

What to take? Part 1

I’ve become addicted to packing advice, packing lists and packing YouTube videos aimed at backpackers. The problem is that most backpackers are 20+ years younger than me. At some point I may have been able to flourish in an unfamiliar country armed with only a camera and a bikini but those days are long gone. The older you get, the more stuff you need. My packing dilemmas and decisions fall into the following categories. Continue reading