Thursday, 25 April 2013

New Charity - One World Futbol

Today we decided to add another charity to the list. So along with Cool Earth, a global charity designed to help preserve rainforests, we have decided to donate half of our fundraising to One World Futbol.

One World Futbol inventor Tim Jahnigen was inspired to start the project after watching news footage of kids in Darfur playing a soccer game using a ball of trash tied up with twine. At that moment, Tim set out to design a ball that played like a “real futbol,” but would never wear out, never go flat, never need a pump.

The mission at the One World Futbol Project is to make a meaningful impact on the lives of youth around the world through the One World Futbol, a virtually-indestructible ball that never goes flat and never needs a pump. The One World Futbol Project distributes balls through a growing network of organizations serving youth in harsh environments around the world, including refugee camps, conflict zones, disaster areas, inner cities, and other disadvantaged communities.

If we can raise $1500 in total then $750 can go to One World Futbol which means that the kids in 30 different communities in war torn countries can be provided with an indestructible ball to play with. Please help!

If you've any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

A Couple of Road Maps

So Jess was in Perth this week and found a very cool map shop where she was able to find road maps for Mongolia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan (with a little Kazakhstan thrown in too).

This is the Mongolian road map.

And this is the Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan road map.

Having these road maps in your hand kind of makes it all seem very real! Can't wait to get started.

I also purchased the following book which I'm sure will help us no end whilst on the road.

 I'll make sure to read it as much as possible before we go as well.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Things we are excited about seeing - Phase 1

ROMANIA - Braşov's main landmark, just south of the Piaţa Sfatului (Council Square), is the Black Church, the largest Gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul and still used by German Lutherans today. Built between 1383 and 1480 (delayed by an Ottoman razing), its name comes from its appearance after a fire in 1689.

GERMANY - Just across the River Main from downtown Frankfurt lies the city's beloved apple wine district of Alt Sachsenhausen. We used to live there too so we should bump into some old friends at the same time.

UZBEKISTAN - Great Minaret of the Kalon - The Kalyan minaret is a minaret of the Po-i-Kalyan mosque complex in Bukhara, Uzbekistan and one of the most prominent landmarks in the city.

UKRAINE - Odessa is referred to as the "Pearl of the Black Sea" is the 3rd largest city in Ukraine, the largest city along the Black Sea, and the most important city of Ukraine for trade. Odessa's mild climate, warm waters and sunlit beaches attract hundreds of thousands of people year around. Its shady lanes, beautiful lightly pastel buildings and cozy squares impart to the city a certain air of intimacy.

KAZAKHSTAN - The Ascension Cathedral, also known as Zenkov Cathedral,is a Russian Orthodox cathedral located in Panfilov Park in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Completed in 1907, it is the second tallest wooden building in the world.

MONGOLIA - Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park is a national park in southern Mongolia. The park was established in 1993, and expanded to its current size in 2000. The park, at nearly 27,000 square kilometers, is the largest national park in Mongolia.

ITALY - Venice, Piazza San Marco - Napoleon referred to it as the ‘drawing room of Europe’, apt today as, at times, it appears that much of Europe’s population is crammed into this great square.
St Mark’s basilica (Basilica di San Marco), often seen as the living testimony of Venice’s links with Byzantium. Doge’s Palace, once Venice's political and judicial hub. Torre dell’Orologio, a clock tower built between 1496 and 1506, that are, not just the square's, but some of the city's main attractions. Oh and gondolas!

ITALY - Milan - Last Supper painting, Milan - The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci in the church of Santa Maria della Grazie is arguably the greatest painting of the Renaissance. Grab a real Italian coffee!

KYRGYZSTAN - Ala-Archa Canyon - 30km south of Bishkek. This grand, rugged but very accessible gorge is a state nature park offering dozens of walking and trekking possibilities, including hikes to glaciers and, for the serious mountaineer, treks to the region's highest peak. There are basic shelters scattered throughout the park but the best way to enjoy the area is to bring your own tent and supplies.

FRANCE - The Naked City! Cap d'Agde has a large family-style naturist resort with about 40,000 visitors on a daily basis. It is a self-contained town (sometimes referred to as the "Naked City”) where nudity is legal and common in the whole resort.

ENGLAND - Dover Castle It was founded in the 12th century, is the largest castle in England and has been described as the "Key to England" due to its defensive significance throughout history.

HUNGARY - Hospital in the Rock, Budapest - Part of the Castle Hill caves network, this newly opened attraction was used extensively during the siege of Budapest during WWII. It contains original medical equipment as well as some 70 wax figures and is visited on a guided half-hour tour. More interesting is the hour-long ‘full tour’ (3000/1500/7000Ft), which includes a walk through a Cold War–era nuclear bunker.

SLOVENIA - Prešeren Square, Ljubljana - Prešernov trg is the central square in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.

Friday, 5 April 2013

HELP! We need a car!

It's getting closer to the kick off date and we have finally sorted out the visas... only one small problem. We don't yet have a car.

So, if you know anyone who might he able to help us out by providing some contact details of someone who might be interested in making a grand and charitable gesture to two needy outsiders that would be fantastic.

There are some requirements to what type of car we are allowed to take:

  1. The car can't be around the 1.2ltr mark (otherwise where is the fun in that)
  2. It can't be older than 10 years old (thats registered after Jan 2004)

So, anyone who knows someone who owns a second hand car dealership in the UK who might want some additional local publicity, or Grandparents who no longer need their car to get around or just rich eccentric billionaires who want to provide us a car in return for a night of lukewarm passion with me, please get in touch! My email is or just click here.

Preferably something better than the scrapheap above but right now beggars can't be choosers!

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Full list of Countries

Full list of countries from all stages of the trip is as follows:

  • London
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Slovenia
  • Croatia
  • Hungary
  • Romania
  • Moldova
  • Ukraine
  • Russia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Mongolia
  • Laos
  • Cambodia
  • Thailand
  • Malaysia
  • Indonesia
  • Australia

Twenty One Countries in 3+ months? Easy.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

New Fundraising Widget

With the help of PayPal I've been able to create a nice easy way for all you lovely people to help us raise some money for our chosen charity, Cool Earth.

How pretty is that, it will be permanently housed on the How Can You Help? page, so all you need to do is click on the Give button and get that lovely warm feeling you get from helping.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Getting the visa applications started

Time to get these visa applications filled in

Thankfully some of it is online, which makes it easier. 

But still so much paper work!

This is going to take a while...