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Murray and Lynn's Bunch of Fives

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Hello everyone

Well Lynn and I are back in good old Scotland after a 50 week round the world adventure. It is time to think about going back to work, decorating our flat and otherforms of reality after a year of living the dream.

So this is our last blog. Our Bunch of Fives travel awards for the year 2007/08.

Ever since I was a kid I have enjoyed making lists of my favourite things - bands, songs, football players etc etc so this our list of favourite things from our travels.

Top 5 beers
1. Quilmes, Argentina
A cool label, refreshing taste and former sponsors of Boca Juniors
2. Chang Beer, Thailand
A wopping 6.5%, less than 50p for a 1 litre bottle and easy to drink, too easy!
3. Monteith Zesty, New Zealand
A lager with a dash of lemon twist to make it zesty and extremely refreshing on a hot day
4. Cusquena, Peru
A beer for drinking after a hard days hiking
5. Escudo, Chile
A nice colourful label and a lovely lager

5 Cool Cities
1. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Top steak restaurants, football, greta bars and shops. What more could you want?
2. Sydney, Australia
Jointfirst place with BA, Sydney is truly stunning.
3. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
This place goes nuts during carnival, the energy, enthusiasm and effort put into partying has to be seen to believed. Again truly beautiful with mountains, beaches, sea and rainforest all around.
4. Cusco, Peru
A small city but beautiful with fresh air aplenty and stunning old buildings
5. Auckland, New Zealand
A very relaxed city with very relaxed and friendly people.

5 cool towns
1. Lunag Prabang, Laos
One of our very favourite places in the world with old French colonial buildings, nice bars and restaurants, a brilliant night market and beautiful waterfalls and pools
2. Hoi An, Vietnam
The old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site with great old buildings and lovely cobbled streets
3. Queenstown, New Zealand
Adventure capital of NZ set among jaw droppingly beautiful scenery
4. Siem Reap, Cambodia
Great town fpr spending 4 or 5 nights in as you tour round the Angkor temples during the day
5. Cafayate, Argentina
Small town with 10 wineries and a cheese factory. Very relaxed.

5 Great Places for trekking
1. Inca Trail, Peru
Jaw droppingly amazing scenery on the way to Machu Picchu
2. Torres Del Paine, Chile
Truly beautiful, fresh and at the end of the world
3. Blue Mountains, Australia
Again, amazing scenery to take your mind off your aching feet
4. Pucon Volcano climb, Chile
Climb and active volcano outside Pucon in Chile and take in 360 degree views of mountains, lakes and forests
5. Kings Canyon/Uluru, Australia
In the middle of a huge country is a huge barren landscape that looks amazing in the scorching sunshine

5 crazy things to do
1. River Boarding, Queenstown, New Zealand
Absolutely crazy and the hardest thing we have ever done, we were aching for 3 days afterwards after using muscles we didn't know we had. Throw yourself down grade 4 rapids on a body board!
2. Worlds Most Dangerous Road, Bolivia
Cycle down the Worlds Most Dangerous Road, keep your eyes on the road!
3. Canyon Swing, Queenstown, New Zealand
Jump off a cliff and swing through a canyon!
4. Hang Glide, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Jump off a cliff and soar like a bird.
5. Climb an active volcano, Pucon, Chile
Great views, sulphur smells and an totally fun slide back down

5 Great Places to Eat
1. Silver Elephant, Saigon, Vietnam
Exceptional Thai food with equally exceptional service
2. La Cabrera, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Unbelievably good steak, cooked with real care. So good we went 3 times.
3. Soul Restaurant, Auckland, New Zealand
Cool place where we spotted an All Black, great food and service.
4. La Tomat, Quito, Ecuador
Brilliant pizza, the best we tasted all year
5. Chaing Mai Nightmarket, Thailand
The best mussells ever

5 Great Football Matches
1. Boca Juniors 1 v 0 River Plate
2. Flamengo 1 v 4 Fluminese
3. River Plate 2 v 2 San Telmo
4. Japan 4 v 1 United Arab Emirates
5. Melbourne 0 v 0 Sydney

5 Great Beaches
1. Haad Yao Beach, Ko Phang An, Thailand
So nice we stayed for 9 nights in a little beach hut
2. Lopez Mendes, Ihla Grande, Brazil
You can only get to it by boat and then a hike through a rainforest
3. Little Beach, Augusta, Australia
4. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays, Australia
The real number one, white sands and crystal clear water
5. Boracay, Philippines

5 Great Places to get away from it all
1. Fiji
Remote, quiet, friendly, beautiful, sunny, unspoilt, clean...
2. Pai, Thailand
Little hippy town. Buy some books and rent a bamboo shack by the river for £1.50 a night
3. South West Australia
Rent a campervan and travel through picturesque small towns and have beaches to yourself
4. Ihla Grande, Brazil
Only accessible by boat, chilles with great beaches
5. Haad Yao Beach, Thailand

22 jaw droppinly beautiful places (5 wasnt enough)
1. Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, Peru
2. Iguazu Falls, Argentina
3. Great Barrier Reef, Oz
4. Angkor Temples, Cambodia
5. Halong Bay, Vietnam
6. Torres Del Paine, Chile
7. Whitsundays, Oz
8. Fraser Island, Oz
9. Franz Josef Glacier, NZ
10. Milford Sounds, NZ
11. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
12. Lake Titicaca, Peru
13. Salt Flats, Bolivia
14. Blue Mountains, Oz
15. Ihla Grande, Brazil
16. Lake Wanaka, NZ
17. Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
18. Sydney Harbour, Oz
19. Mount Cook, NZ
20. Great Ocean Road, Oz

All the best
Murray and Lynn


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Wow! I can't believe you are home already. How time flies.

I enjoyed keeping up with your journals and will miss having them to look forward to.

This top 5+ list is fantastic. You both truly had an Epic Journey!

Hugs & Kisses to you both. Miss you lots and hope to see you soon (Stateside or in the UK!)

xoxo Kay aka Bon Jovi's Number One Fan

by KaySmullen

Welcome home,

The world probably won't be the same again for you now!


by KiwiChris

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