Looking for tickets or info for the Get Happy Tour 2018 featuring Bowling for Soup, Army of Freshmen and The Aquabats?

This domain name was used for the Get Happy Tour back in its original run around 10 years ago, when I used to do work for BFS and AOF. However, for the past 5 years it has been used for my travel blog as I never thought we would have another Get Happy Tour and I didn't want it to go to waste.

But as a favour to two bands who have done a lot for me over the years, and so you don't miss out, ticket info is:
O2 Presale: 10am on 25 September
General Onsale: 10am on 27 September.

Tickets available from ticketmaster.co.uk and bowlingforsoup.com
 


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Next stop Chile!

October 10th, 2015 No comments

For years people have been asking me why I haven’t visited South America yet, to which I have always replied “I’ll get there one day. There are so many places in the world I want to see” or something similar.

It seems that the time has finally come as I will be jetting off to Chile for 11 days in January 2016. I booked at the end of June, only a few weeks after coming back from Central Asia, but didn’t want to post anything here until my blog from that previous trip was online. It’s a shame I can’t stay longer, due to work commitments, otherwise I would have travelled extensively around Chile or seen other countries in the area, but I know I’ll have a good time regardless.

Route to Chile

The route I will be taking to Chile

I’m not sure what I’ll be seeing when I’m in Chile. Obviously I’ll be seeing Santiago, as that is where my flight goes, but beyond that nothing is definite. There have been suggestions of visiting Valparaíso, Viña del Mar, La Serena and the wineries in the valleys near Santiago but it’ll probably be a little while before anything is set in stone. I will also have to wait until nearer the time to see how the recovery from the recent magnitude 8.4 earthquake and Tsunami progresses before making any commitments to visit the coast.

There will be a lot of flexibility on this trip as I’m travelling on my own to visit a friend, rather than being part of an organised group, so I can see what I want and won’t have to deal with problematic group members. Maybe I’ll visit Punta Arenas or fly up to the Atacama for a few days but maybe I’ll stay close to Santiago, we will see when I get there.

South America is a region of the world that always comes highly recommended by people who like to travel so I’m glad I will finally be able to see part of it for myself. It’ll be very hot in January, but I’ll be fine. I prefer colder weather but after my nights shivering in sub-zero temperatures at Song-Kul Lake in Kyrgyzstan it’ll be nice to go somewhere hot!

I’m in the process of improving upon the Spanish which I learned in school in order to be able to communicate with the Chilean people without having to rely on my friend to translate. In Chile they speak a complicated variety of Spanish so it may not be too easy but I’ll do my best. I’m planning to visit Madrid for a few nights some time before Christmas in order to get some hands-on experience with the language before Chile.

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My Uzbekistan & Kyrgyzstan blog is online!

October 10th, 2015 No comments

I’m pleased to announce that my blog from this year’s trip to Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan is finally online. As I’ve mentioned a few times before I wrote my blog in note format when I travel, in order to maximise the time in which I’m able to get under the skin of a destination, before typing it up properly and sorting through photos when I get home.

As I’m sure you can imagine this takes longer than if I was to post from the road, or to write in full on the road then type up when I get home, but it works better for me. Normally I’m able to type up my blog within a few weeks, or at most a couple of months, of returning but this time due to various personal reasons it has been 4 months since I returned from my trip.

It’s now too late for anybody to travel to that part of the world this year, as it’ll soon be winter and the area will be blanketed with snow, but hopefully somebody will find this blog useful when trying to decide whether or not they should visit the area in the future.

I have just one word to say in response to people wondering whether they should visit Central Asia – YES!. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The people, the scenery, the fresh air, the culture, the memories are all so amazing. Kyrgyzstan isn’t a place for people who don’t like nature and want to look at sights or get involved with activities, although it does have a couple of ski resorts. Uzbekistan on the other hand isn’t quite so magnificent but has a large number of sights that you could visit. My trip focused on Kyrgyzstan but the entire region is worth a visit.

Here are some photos of highlights of the trip. For many more photos, and full information about the trip, please read my blog entries.

Helena rests

Me and Kyrgyz kids

Lake Issyk-Kul

Yurt camp

Chaek drinks

Walking around Tashkent

Blue Mosque

I’m happy to answer any questions you may have about the trip, the area, the culture, the public transport I somehow survived or indeed anything else related to this and other trips featured on the blog. Just click the “Contact Scott” link in the menu and send me a message. I’m always happy to answer questions or just hear from people who have found the blog useful.

For the benefit of search engines and rankings, since this blog was posted late and in one go, some of the places and sights that we saw were:

  • Uzbekistan
  • Tashkent
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Silk Route
  • Osh
  • Song-Kul Lake
  • Kockhor
  • Home Stay
  • Yurt Camp
  • Karakol
  • Jeti-Oguz
  • Lake Issyk-Kul
  • Bishkek
  • Fergana Valley
  • Mountains and Lakes
  • Turkey
  • Istanbul
  • Dragoman
  • Central Asia
  • Overland Truck

I hate having to do that list in these posts, but due to the nature of how my blog is posted I have to. However so that I don’t finish the post with a boring list here is a photo of some lovely scenery in Kyrgyzstan.

Fairy Tales do come true :)

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