Archive for August, 2011


Katie and Jonny’s overland adventure

For anyone who followed our blog avidly, excited to hear about a trip overland to India and back, I thought I should draw to your attention that a few of our friends are doing a similar thing. Katie and Jonny are headed to India, diverging from the same route as ours by passing from Russia into Kazakhstan, then into China, Tibet, Nepal, India. They intend to volunteer in India at Navdanya, an organic farm and seed bank.

Their trip is centred on the theme of food:

“We are all in some way connected to food and it is this relationship that is, for most of us at least, the most direct and most common connection that we have with ‘the environment’. So it was with food that we felt that we would be able to explore not only the macro but also the micro, food as a topic will hopefully allow us to explore not only the political systems and structures that define and propergate the global status quo that is inequatable access to one of our most basic needs but also the local cultural relationships to food that are enacted on the personal, community and country level. We hope to explore how these relationships are shaping and can inform a more sane connection to not only what we eat but also to ‘the environment’ as a whole.”

Check out their blog at http://wildappleseeds.wordpress.com/

Drawing this all to a close

Although Josh and I have now left you hanging for months, you might have realised that we have both arrived safely back in London. From Sega we journeyed to the Czech Republic, taking in much beer in Ceske Budejovice (Budweis) and chilling out in Prague, before heading to Paris to gorge ourselves on cheese, wine and art galleries.

Overall, we visited twenty-four countries, through eight different time zones, taking just under nine months, twenty-seven days of which were spent hitch-hiking. Our map, now complete, is here: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?msid=202727236072845077082.000491f79209aa4df7142&msa=0&ll=47.338823,38.671875&spn=32.8112,93.076172

Since returning, we have both plunged into anti-cuts stuff (www.ihoops.org.uk), we’ve visited the site at Dale Farm (http://dalefarm.wordpress.com/about/), Josh has found himself a football team to play with and I’ve become enraged at the political sentencing of protestors through my support work with the Green and Black Cross (http://greenandblackcross.org/). Josh has bagged himself a job working at his old secondary school, and I’m preparing to launch into a Masters in September. We’re settling down, in other words.

As well as this, we’ve been looking into getting the blog published as a ringbound book with photos. Having liaised with a friend of mine who runs a green printing press in Oxford, it seems that each copy will cost around £4.50. Please write a comment if you would like a (Limited Edition!) copy.