Monday, 7 March 2011


As some of you may know I am taking off on an amazing overland trip around the world on 27th March. I began writing a travel blog describing my preparations, thoughts, fears and aspirations on 11th September To read the lastest entries simply click on the right hand side bar "read the blog now" link.

The "first lap" involves meeting up with my fellow adventurers at 0700 on a chilly London Embankment, culminating in our arrival in a hot and stiffling New York 87 days later. There are 19 of us on this multi-generational journey orgnised by the Oz-Bus Company.

A fellow traveller and I then decided to travel home from New York on the QMII, thereby making this trip truly an "around the world without flying" epic.

Finally, one of our group posted this on facebook a couple of days ago. My excuse for recommending that you take a look at this beautiful film is that the Gobi desert is one of the places we stop off at on the journey and it gives us all a "taste" of some of the treats waiting ahead of us and some idea of what it will be like to stay ovenight in a Ger,

So... if you have 87 minutes to spare, grab a glass (or two) of wine, sit back and enjoy a real treat. The Weeping Camel is about a family of nomadic shepherds in the Gobi desert trying to save the life of a rare white bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus) calf after it was rejected by its mother and was nominated for an Oscar in 2005 in Best Documentary catagory.


Out of My Mind said...

I am soooooooo jealous!

The only time I have been out of the continental US is a few miles over the border to Mexico and Canada.

From what I have read of your blog I know you will have a wonderful time and so will anyone who is with you (as you are an interesting and entertaining person).

Eva Gallant said...

What an amazing person you are. I would no sooner attempt such a feat than anything! Good luck in your travels.

Grit said...

what a fantastic adventure! we'll be following along. (and it'll make a great geography journey with the kids! thank you!)

Maggie May said...

I am pleased to say that you don't act your age! Not a bit of it...... and that was meant in the nicest possible way!
I really admire what you are doing.
I hope to watch the film later. Sounds good.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Jay at The Depp Effect said...

We are still both envious and admiring of your impending travels! And I'm glad you're still here because I'm hoping to get over to your town again soon and it would be nice to meet up again before you go!

The film sounds very interesting. I don't have 90 minutes right now, but I've opened up the link in a new tab so I don't forget it! Thanks! :)

Retiredandcrazy said...

You have such a wonderful and varied country Karen that it's no wonder you don't stray far. And you had better believe that I will have a good time otherwise someone is going to suffer for it!

Retiredandcrazy said...

Thanks for your good luck wishes Eva. I would say that I'm probably more foolhardy than amazing.

Retiredandcrazy said...

It will be great to have you and the children follow my progress grit, but I have better behave hadn't I!

Retiredandcrazy said...

Why Maggie, that's one of the nicest things anyone has said to me in a long time. Thank you so much.

Retiredandcrazy said...

It would be great to meet up with you again before I go Jay. I'm free most days. Would you like to ring me on 07500224038? Or just leave me a message on the blog and I'll be there.

TechnoBabe said...

Hubby and I watched The Weeping Camel awhile ago and it is indeed a beautiful film. There were many aspects of the film I liked, family being high on the list. It is always fun to meet other people who enjoy the same kind of films that we do.