Bimbling is moving!

Anne here, writing to you as March races by and the prospect of a little bit of freedom is coming a little closer. Yippee! I do believe we need to keep following the lockdown rules, even once we have had our vaccines, but I am confident that, in the coming weeks and months, we can return to meeting family and friends, eating out and travelling!
While Chris has been happily building his train layout, I have spent this last lockdown attempting to set up a new blog. Those of you who followed Bimbling in Boris seemed to enjoy it, but this format is difficult to post to while we are travelling, and quite restrictive.

So, I have a new blog called 10 miles from. http://www.10milesfrom.co.uk  All the travel diaries from this Bimbling site have been moved across, and are in the Travel Diaries dropdown menu.
The new blog will allow me to continue to write the Travel diaries… (when we can travel), but also indulge in a new project called 10miles from, where I produce little, printable fact sheets centred on a place we visit, highlighting the hidden gems in that area, rather than just the big tourist attractions. There are only 4 at the moment, but I will add to it!
Also, in the new blog I can indulge my love of writing by making random posts about topics linked to Travel, Food and Drink, and Wellbeing, hopefully with lots of good ideas and tips! Ultimately I would love to get a few articles published, and having a blog helps establish my writing credentials!
So I need your help!  In order to get noticed on the search engines, it really helps if I have some followers, and some comments on some of the posts… preferably nice ones! There are 4 ways you could help!
1. Have a look at the new site, maybe read a post or two, and then perhaps add a comment. 

2. Even better would be if you would also fill in the subscribe box – which doesn’t involve money!! Just like this one, it just needs your name and email, and then you will receive an email whenever a new post is published.There might be quite a few initially as I am setting up, but this will reduce! And you can always choose not to read them if the subject doesn’t interest you!

3. Share the site with any friends you think might be interested!
4. If you use instagram, look for the instagram.com/10milesfrom/ and follow it, and comment on any posts you like!

It would be lovely to see you on the new site, and hear your thoughts, comments and suggestions.

Happy travelling and Take Care, Anne xx

SA Post 1 .. Here we go again!

So Chris and I are getting ready to welcome our house sitters, who do a great job looking after the house when we go away. They are coming because we are about to embark on the third part of our fragmented ‘Gap Year’, which has in fact spanned 9 years so far. We have brought trip 3 forward a few years due to family circumstances, and a realisation that this one is a trip we want to do while we are still as healthy and strong as possible.

Planning it has made me wonder where my urge to travel comes from.

Both of my Grandfathers were seamen, each serving for many years in the Navy and Merchant Navy. So they certainly travelled! My father proudly told me how, in the 1920’s, he and 2 friends cycled to Portsmouth and persuaded a boat to take them to France. They then cycled round Brittany, sleeping in barns, and caught a boat back! Aged 13! So travel could be in the genes!

But my travel bug was fuelled by a large book my father bought me in Leather Lane Market when I was about 8. It was about countries and their people, and every page was a treasure trove of landscapes, architecture and cultural images that were so different to anything I had ever seen. I have vivid memories of a picture of the Taj Mahal, one of Orang utangs in Borneo, and a double page spread of Venice. And I knew that I wanted to see them all! In fact, there was hardly a page in the book that didn’t make me go WOW! Even though, at 8 years old, the furthest I had travelled from my home in London was Worthing, about 70 miles away!

My first real travelling was done on a school cruise at age 11, visiting Florence, Pisa, Ephesus, Antalya, Santorini, Malta and Lisbon. I was hooked.

Luckily Chris is now hooked too!

So this time we go to a continent that is new to us. It has the potential to be the most challenging of our trips, but holds the promise of some wonderful encounters with diverse wildlife, scenery, climates and cultures. Certainly we have the opportunity to see many of the pictures that my 8 year old self dreamed of.

We are off to South America… with a stop in Cuba on the way! Sadly (but not surprisingly), this is a Bimble without Boris!

We should be used to the packing now, but the beds are strewn with clothes and kit, and we are trying to work the magic that will make it miraculously shrink and fit into our bags. Our super mosquito net is definitely coming.

We’ve had all the vaccinations we can, and have even had some Spanish lessons so that we can try to have the courtesy to communicate a little in their own language. Chris says all he needs is ‘Una cerveza por favor’!

Once again, we are using a Multi trip ticket from Travel Nation., with the long haul segments business class, this time with KLM and it’s associated South American airlines. 17 flights for less than 1 business class ticket to Sydney. The rest is planned and booked by us, using local accommodation and tour guides so the money we spend stays in the country.

We’ve just spent a super, laughter filled weekend with all the family which included a fabulous Moroccan meal, lots of games including Human Buckaroo… sorry Tracy… how you slept through this was a miracle!!!

I cannot end this preamble without mentioning the ‘B’ word! Brexit! Our return is just after the deadline. Whatever will we return to? Still in the EU? Out with a deal? No deal? Or just a postponement of the uncertainty?

As most of you know, our blog is our diary. We are very happy to share it. If you have received notification of this blog post, then you are all signed up and ready to receive the posts from this trip. They may be at erratic intervals because internet is very variable in some locations.

We look forward to having you join us vicariously on our trip. We love your comments and messages, and we wish we could sneak you all inside our bags…but it would play havoc with our weight allowance! XX