Trevor’s Travel Trivia – Part I

  Australia’s Most Dangerous Animals   20 deaths per year – Horses: well, the deaths included riding accidents as well as horses kicking at people, it’s not like the horses actively poisoned or ate anyone, to the best of our knowledge 12 deaths per year – Cows (we’ll cut down on milk, can’t support this) 10 deaths per year – Bees (European Honey Bee) 4 deaths per year – Kangaroos (one half of us enjoys a nice kangaroo steak from Borough Market every now and then, pay-back time) 2.1 deaths per year – Dogs (so unnecessary, it’s such a shame) 2 deaths per year – Snakes (mainly Brown Snakes): 41 recorded deaths between 1980 and 2009. The World’s most venomous snake, also a local, the inland taipan is not known to have killed anyone yet, despite its venom being vicious enough to kill several humans in an instant, apparently it […]

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Barefoot Running – Be Sure to Have the Right Shoes

Stefan here, I’m one half of Berkeley Square Barbarian. I enjoy running. Always did. Always will. I want to be buried with my running shoes on. With no athletic ambition to beat a personal best (I ran the London Marathon in over five hours and often take nearly two hours for a half), mainly because it’s so much joy, clears the mind, allows you to be outdoors and explore your surroundings. The more mileage I put on, the more also with a view of staying fit and healthy. From the age of twenty onwards, and with interruptions of up to a year here and there, I usually did at least three or four 10k runs per week in my spare time and literally couldn’t imagine life without it. However, a few years ago I started to struggle with severe back pain, so bad that I sometimes found it hard to […]

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Dining in the Dordogne

Well, we didn’t only dine there, we did lots of other stuff, but the food was by any standard absolutely perfect, there can’t be anything better than this, full stop. We only went for a week in Easter 2013, pretty much exactly three years ago today. We hadn’t done any research and hadn’t known about all the great things that were waiting for us to explore, we had just had some airmiles to lose and it was one of the better deals available at the time. Both of us had been to France many times before and love the country, but somehow the Dordogne had managed to escape our attention. Even weirder, because it’s the main base of Brits in France and you encounter fellow countrymen and women everywhere. Sarlat-la-Canéda, the main town in the area and the place we stayed at, is absolutely beautiful, mainly built in Renaissance style. […]

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Tokyo = Madness (in a good way)

Stefan here, I’m one half of Berkeley Square Barbarian. 5 years before I met my wife, who’s now blogging with me, I went to Tokyo to visit an old school friend, who had ended up there on a three-year intercultural exchange program, working for a local authority and learning Japanese and teaching basketball at local high schools. It was April 2003, and I had just spent three months on a training course in Newport Beach, California, and because that trip had been paid for by my employer while the visit to Japan was for leisure, I ended up with the craziest flight schedule. I returned to Munich, where I was living back then, via Chicago after 18 hours, then went to my flat, took a shower, unpacked, packed, and was back at the airport 8 hours later to enjoy another 11h flight to the other side of the same ocean […]

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