Glenn & Matt and the adventures of Claude travel blog

Glenn & Matt and the adventures of Claude

Glenn and Matt travel blog
Kia Ora and welcome to our website! We are a couple of New Zealanders and between mid May and late August 2006 we will be driving our Citroen 2CV6 "Claude" from London to Calcutta. Our journey is generally eastwards, from the completely familiar to the entirely new, perhaps from comfort to complications, but always in the belief that the essence of travel is to improve understanding and therefore tolerance and compassion.

It will be a trip of perseverance and discovery. We visit Venice and Istanbul, Samarkand and Kashgar, Peshawar and Agra. We want to go to ANZAC Cove, we will be trekking in Pakistan, visiting Nepal and hope to see Everest, Hillary having climbed it the year Glenn was born. Matt's school motto may well sum up our journey: Through rough ravines to hallowed heights 'Per Angusta Ad Augusta' and to that we could probably add a trip motto 'Plus Oultre'; further onwards.

Our plan is to ship Claude home to Auckland from Calcutta late August or early September but adventure travel is at best unpredictable and well, who knows. It's not really about arriving is it.

In Peter Blake's book we find this:

The spirit of adventure never dies.
At its best it is born in the support
and sharing of family and friends.
It can manifest itself in the work of the
painter, the playing of music or even the
laughter of children.
It does not have to be competitive
either with others or strangely enough,
even with oneself.
It can be inherited through example
but never imposed. And when the shouting
dies away perhaps the greatest reward
for any adventurer is to see it quietly
growing in the next generation.

Great to have you with us, cheers, Glenn & Matt.
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Sary Tash, Kyrgyzstan
 
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A Simple Life: Our...
 
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Kashgar
 
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Karakorum Highway and...
 
38 
 
 
The Trek
 
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To the end of the...
 
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Lahore
 
41 
 
 
The Journeys
 
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India
 
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Varanasi
 
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Calcutta
 
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Farewell
 
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New Zealand, home !
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