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A friendly bunch of drinkers and the meal they bought me. People in Turkey dont drink very much in general.

A friendly bunch of drinkers and the meal they bought me. People in Turkey don't drink very much in general.

Some of the gang of brush sellers who gave me breakfast. Cardboard boxes on the floor, big teapot and loads of bread. The one making the hand gesture is called Qarizmaa, pronounced Charisma.

Some of the gang of brush sellers who gave me breakfast. Cardboard boxes on the floor, big teapot and loads of bread. The one making the hand gesture is called Qarizmaa, pronounced Charisma.

This is Nizam, who owns many factories. On the table is the meal of biscuits, teacakes and bottled water that he had prepared for me when I arrived at his petrol station.

This is Nizam, who owns many factories. On the table is the meal of biscuits, teacakes and bottled water that he had prepared for me when I arrived at his petrol station.

Me answering questions in an English lesson. The children from this school later threw their pennies together to give me 6 Lira.

Me answering questions in an English lesson. The children from this school later threw their pennies together to give me 6 Lira.

...Which I spent on pancake mixture in Istanbul.

...Which I spent on pancake mixture in Istanbul.

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More wildlife. On the left of my thumb theres a little caterpillar or something. I found it crawling across the road completely encased in little twigs. It took a lot of picking apart before I could make his head pop out long enough for a photo. His little twig home is completely genius and a totally inpenetrable disguise, unless he happened to walk across a road. Also notice the choking grip that the rubber pipe is exerting on the crack in my stick.

More wildlife. On the left of my thumb there's a little caterpillar or something. I found it crawling across the road completely encased in little twigs. It took a lot of picking apart before I could make his head pop out long enough for a photo. His little twig home is completely genius and a totally inpenetrable disguise, unless he happened to walk across a road. Also notice the choking grip that the rubber pipe is exerting on the crack in my stick.

Galin, holding my newly mended trousers just before I threw them away for a new pair.

Galin, holding my newly mended trousers just before I threw them away for a new pair.

These notices are everywhere. Theyre to do with dead people, either advertising the time of a funeral or a memorial service or something. You find them in bus shelters, on front doors, in shop windows and all kinds of other places.

These notices are everywhere. They're to do with dead people, either advertising the time of a funeral or a memorial service or something. You find them in bus shelters, on front doors, in shop windows and all kinds of other places.

Old Bulgarian sharpening my knife. Its now very sharp.

Old Bulgarian sharpening my knife. It's now very sharp.

The sign says I NEED €15 FOR A VISA. Notice how Im using my neckerchief to beg with.

The sign says "I NEED €15 FOR A VISA". Notice how I'm using my neckerchief to beg with.

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The first family of Bulgarians we met. Of course, it was some kind of feast and of course they invited us in and laid piles and piles of meat in front of us.

The first family of Bulgarians we met. Of course, it was some kind of feast and of course they invited us in and laid piles and piles of meat in front of us.

All the children in Enitsa turned up to watch us and to make a fire. And, of course, to pose in cool formations.

All the children in Enitsa turned up to watch us and to make a fire. And, of course, to pose in cool formations.

The next morning in Enitsa. All the towns children once again arrange themselves so Abi can give them a lesson in something or other.

The next morning in Enitsa. All the town's children once again arrange themselves so Abi can give them a lesson in something or other.

Abi on a horse. It was a lame horse which didnt even try to kick her off.

Abi on a horse. It was a lame horse which didn't even try to kick her off.

This is another long distance traveller, Yugi. Most of his luggage seemed to be camera equipment. Click on him to read his blog - there's a bit about me in it and it's pretty awesome.

This is another long distance traveller, Yugi. Most of his luggage seemed to be camera equipment. Click on him to read his blog - there's a bit about me in it and it's pretty awesome.

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Me next to some haystacks in Romania. I suppose that in twenty years Romanians will wrap their hay in cellophane like we do.

Me next to some haystacks in Romania. I suppose that in twenty years Romanians will wrap their hay in cellophane like we do.

This is midnight on Holy Saturday. Many of the icons are wearing black and there are a massive load of people there bustling around.

This is midnight on Holy Saturday. Many of the icons are wearing black and there are a massive load of people there bustling around. In the foreground is the stall where you can buy candles (doing a good trade)

Me dressed entirely in Dragomirs clothes, ready to go to church. Just visible in the background is a massive array of jackets and trousers which didnt make the final cut.

Me dressed entirely in Dragomir's clothes, ready to go to church. Just visible in the background is a massive array of jackets and trousers which didn't make the final cut.

The family of friendly Gypsies and the Easter feast we ate. Lovely people.

The family of friendly Gypsies and the Easter feast we ate. Lovely people.

I was busted by the shepherds putting up my tent and the all ambled over with their sticks and their nine dogs and sat there chatting for a while, totally uninvited.

I was busted by the shepherds putting up my tent and the all ambled over with their sticks and their nine dogs and sat there chatting for a while, totally uninvited.

I have to admit, I am indeed a wildlife photographer. Notice how I discovered something in the wild which must have escaped from its natural habitat in a glass box or on the Blue Peter set.

I have to admit, I am indeed a wildlife photographer. Notice how I discovered something in the wild which must have escaped from its natural habitat in a glass box or on the Blue Peter set.

926 clicks from the Black Sea. The last one of these signs I saw

926 clicks from the Black Sea. The last one of these signs I saw

My campsite in someones garden. Chickens in background, red eggs in foreground.

My campsite in someone's garden. Chickens in background, red eggs in foreground.

A few days later, a totally different batch of red eggs. In the background, a totally normal scene of village traffic. English people will be surprised to see a horse and cart. Romanian people will be surprised that I have bothered to draw attention to it.

A few days later, a totally different batch of red eggs. In the background, a totally normal scene of village traffic. English people will be surprised to see a horse and cart. Romanian people will be surprised that I have bothered to draw attention to it.

These tiny grandmas gave me some red eggs and a bit of cake. It was Easter, after all.

These tiny grandmas gave me some red eggs and a bit of cake. It was Easter, after all.

A different kind of graveyard. All wood and a bizarre curvy crosses. Anyone want to explain the curvy crosses?

A different kind of graveyard. All wood and a bizarre curvy crosses. Anyone want to explain the curvy crosses?

Romanian inventiveness at its finest. Apparently crows dont like the sight of dangling dead crows, so they stay away from the eggs. However, it does mean having a dead crow dangling in your garden.

Romanian inventiveness at its finest. Apparently crows don't like the sight of dangling dead crows, so they stay away from the eggs. However, it does mean having a dead crow dangling in your garden.

Dacia is the car of Romania. Not only is it only available in Romania, it also looks totally Romanian. I wanted to take a good photo of one which summed up its Romanianness, and I think this one fits the bill.

Dacia is the car of Romania. Not only is it only available in Romania, it also looks totally Romanian. I wanted to take a good photo of one which summed up its Romanianness, and I think this one fits the bill.

Liviu Dragu, my friendly police escort. Making sure I wasnt attacked by the bogey man or Gypsies.

Liviu Dragu, my friendly police escort. Making sure I wasn't attacked by the bogey man or Gypsies.

Would you trust these men? Not me, I went back to one of their houses and slept the night.

Would you trust these men? Not me, I went back to one of their houses and slept the night.

Here, specifically. Notice the mud walls with timber frame - still with its bark. Also, for the keen sighted, spot the turkey who spent the night with me.

Here, specifically. Notice the mud walls with timber frame - still with its bark. Also, for the keen sighted, spot the turkey who spent the night with me.

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My last header photo. Me by the Danube with loads of food.

My last header photo. Me by the Danube with loads of food.

This is me and David and Agica in Hungary

This is me and David and Agica in Hungary

This is after I got busted. I wasnt really meant to take any photos, so its not very explicit, but thats the border police station in the background, with some border police.

This is after I got busted. I wasn't really meant to take any photos, so it's not very explicit, but that's the border police station in the background, with some border police.

This is the confession that the Romanian fuzz squeezed out of me brutally. On the right is the meal they gave me. It was delicious.

This is the confession that the Romanian fuzz squeezed out of me brutally. On the right is the meal they gave me. It was delicious.

This is Alin, my first Romanian friend, who stole €30 from my tent. Poor old Alin.

This is Alin, my first Romanian friend, who stole €30 from my tent. Poor old Alin.

This is my Easter lunch. I was made breakfast without being asked so my boiled eggs had to wait a little. I may look freakishly red but its a trick of the light.

This is my Easter lunch. I was made breakfast without being asked so my boiled eggs had to wait a little. I may look freakishly red but it's a trick of the light.

The couple from the Pentecostal church who gave me dinner

The couple from the Pentecostal church who gave me dinner.

A couple of co-pilgrims who came with me a few kilometers up a hill

A couple of co-pilgrims who came with me a few kilometers up a hill

A rubbish photo of some new blisters.

A rubbish photo of some new blisters.

This is one of a large supply of old women wearing black and doing manual labour in public.

This is one of a large supply of old women wearing black and doing manual labour in public.

When I took a wrong turning in a National Park. The day after I took this photo I walked back this way.

When I took a wrong turning in a National Park. The day after I took this photo I walked back this way.

No ones going to say Im a wildlife photographer, but this guy was just sitting there being lazy so I photod him. Later I prodded him with a stick and he moved a bit so I think he wasnt dead.

No one's going to say I'm a wildlife photographer, but this guy was just sitting there being lazy so I photo'd him. Later I prodded him with a stick and he moved a bit so I think he wasn't dead.

If you want to wake someone up you could do worse than killing a pig near them. I walked over to see what all the squealing was about and found that the trotters were already off and they were getting to work on the head.

If you want to wake someone up you could do worse than killing a pig near them. I walked over to see what all the squealing was about and found that the trotters were already off and they were getting to work on the head.

Old man smoking, dirt road, two cows, a plough. Romania is pretty cool.

Old man smoking, dirt road, two cows, a plough. Romania is pretty cool.

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This is me and Eric triumphantly crossing the border into Hungary. Notice the wind.

This is me and Eric triumphantly crossing the border into Hungary. Notice the wind.

 

Attila and Bese having a breakfast of bread, sausage and raw onion.

Attila and Bese having a breakfast of bread, sausage and raw onion.

 

There didnt seem to be a lot to say about Bakonybank, but someone has paid for a tourist info sign and it had to go up. The best bit is the paragraph above the awesome photo.

There didn't seem to be a lot to say about Bakonybánk, but someone has paid for a tourist info sign and it had to go up. The best bit is the paragraph above the awesome photo.

 

I stopped for a rest by these guys house and asked them if those were vines they were growing. A bit of Kellogyellogpellog later and a son appeared with three glasses and a plastic bottle of wine. There seems to be no inappropriate time for a quick glass of wine in Hungary.

I stopped for a rest by these guys' house and asked them if those were vines they were growing. A bit of "Kellogyellogpellog" later and a son appeared with three glasses and a plastic bottle of wine. There seems to be no inappropriate time for a quick glass of wine in Hungary.

 

This is Istuan Hatuani, and he shouted at me as I was walking past, led me into his cellar, drank some wine with me and then gave me a little bit to take with me.

This is Istuan Hatuani, and he shouted at me as I was walking past, led me into his cellar, drank some wine with me and then gave me a little bit to take with me.

 

And when I say a little bit, I mean the two bottles in the middle - one white (Chardonnay) and one red (red). On the right... Palinka (beware).

And when I say "a little bit", I mean the two bottles in the middle - one white (Chardonnay) and one red (red). On the right... Palinka (beware).

 

This is Rudi who watched me eat a couple of sandwiches in a bar, then offered me a meal at his house. I naturally accepted. The bowl behind my food contains paprika which means chille peppers and you cut them up and eat them with pretty much everything in these parts.

This is Rudi who watched me eat a couple of sandwiches in a bar, then offered me a meal at his house. I naturally accepted. The bowl behind my food contains "paprika" which means "chille peppers" and you cut them up and eat them with pretty much everything in these parts.

 

Sadly the German trend of importing Clipart gravestones from India is spreading to Hungary, but there are still plenty of good ones, specially the older ones. Here are two with photos. Of course! Why dont they all have photos? Its the Modern Age after all. In the background there are a bunch of small graves. The children get a separate section.

Sadly the German trend of importing Clipart gravestones from India is spreading to Hungary, but there are still plenty of good ones, specially the older ones. Here are two with photos. Of course! Why don't they all have photos? It's the Modern Age after all. In the background there are a bunch of small graves. The children get a separate section.

 

Does anyone understand the cups? Cups on the left, crosses on the right.

Does anyone understand the cups? Cups on the left, crosses on the right.

 

I accidentally started a fire which went a bit out of control, but then it sort of burnt itself out and I pulled the embers together and made a little barbeque. If youre a computer whizz you can zoom in to check out the slabs of bacon fat Im cooking. All the charred black stuff was caused by me.

I accidentally started a fire which went a bit out of control, but then it sort of burnt itself out and I pulled the embers together and made a little barbeque. If you're a computer whizz you can zoom in to check out the slabs of bacon fat I'm cooking. All the charred black stuff was caused by me.

 

This is a pub where in the night there was a birthday celebration for which they cooked a Hungarian speciality. Cows stomach and pigs trotter stew. I was given quite a lot of it and although it tasted nice I have to admit I was grossed out a bit. I finished it, but I didnt have seconds. I took this photo in the morning at 9.20 and already lots of the same guys were back and drinking beer or white wine spritzers.

This is a pub where in the night there was a birthday celebration for which they cooked a Hungarian speciality. Cow's stomach and pig's trotter stew. I was given quite a lot of it and although it tasted nice I have to admit I was grossed out a bit. I finished it, but I didn't have seconds. I took this photo in the morning at 9.20 and already lots of the same guys were back and drinking beer or white wine spritzers.

 

A couple of lovely Hungarians who, among other things, washed my clothes for me.

A couple of lovely Hungarians who, among other things, washed my clothes for me.

 

I asked to go for a ride on this horse and I did, but it was quite short. It walked one step, galloped one step, stopped and I flew off and (this bit is a little blurry) I did a double somersault and landed on my chest and head. No harm done, but I did stagger for a minute.

I asked to go for a ride on this horse and I did, but it was quite short. It walked one step, galloped one step, stopped and I flew off and (this bit is a little blurry) I did a double somersault and landed on my chest and head. No harm done, but I did stagger for a minute.

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I was so excited by my first haul from a dumpster that I ate loads of it before thinking of taking a photo, but you get the idea - crisps and yoghurt aplenty.

I was so excited by my first haul from a dumpster that I ate loads of it before thinking of taking a photo, but you get the idea - crisps and yoghurt aplenty.

The choir from a church in Grein were out celebrating in the same restaurant as me, Archi and Josef. So naturally Josef asked them all to sing me a song, which they did. This is just a bit later.

The choir from a church in Grein were out celebrating in the same restaurant as me, Archi and Josef. So naturally Josef asked them all to sing me a song, which they did. This is just a bit later.

I met this guy going the other way. He also had a backpack and was the first one Id seen, so we bonded briefly.

I met this guy going the other way. He also had a backpack and was the first one I'd seen, so we bonded briefly.

I go past these signs every 10km and they get smaller by 10 each time. This one means Im 2000km from the Black Sea, which I dont need to tell you is about a billion miles.

I go past these signs every 10km and they get smaller by 10 each time. This one means I'm 2000km from the Black Sea, which I don't need to tell you is about a billion miles.

Lucas making us an espresso by the Blue Danube. Very occasionally the sky is blue and then if you stand at the right place, the Danube reflects it. I think you can see a bit of blue on this picture. Also were making the coffee with Danube water because when we asked the only local if he had any water for us he said No, but we could have some beer.

Lucas making us an espresso by the Blue Danube. Very occasionally the sky is blue and then if you stand at the right place, the Danube reflects it. I think you can see a bit of blue on this picture. Also we're making the coffee with Danube water because when we asked the only local if he had any water for us he said No, but we could have some beer.

Lucas making coffee next to his improvised tent.

Lucas making coffee next to his improvised tent.

Me, happy and dry with the Steckbauer daughters

Me, happy and dry with the Steckbauer daughters

Me, happy and wet a few minutes later, dripping on the doorstep.

Me, happy and wet a few minutes later, dripping on the doorstep.

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