"From South to North to East" jo104's Profile

As life Goes By it can change drastically mine has

24 July 2010 marked a whole chapter change in my life. In 2012 I moved to Trincomalee Sri Lanka to run a guesthouse on the beach. Now in 2014 I no longer live in Trincomalee but am looking for new inspiration in Sri Lanka, if you are coming to visit please contact me I know so many ins & outs of this country and have insider knowledge.

I have made so may lovely friends on vt and I am hoping to be a beacon for tourism in Sri Lanka. I will gradually be creating and updating pages to spread the magic of this wonderful country. I am hoping you will all be tempted to visit me and already I am planning a meeting perhaps one of my famous treasure hunts!

A bit about Jo104

I had been living in London for some time but my heart still belongs to my birth country South Africa. My folks are British but have been living in Cape Town for many years & my siblings & I were born there. So many people have asked me how I could possibly leave such a beautiful country, but for me Cape Town had its limitations. With free passage on a UK passport I decided to venture out to the Northern Hemisphere on a road to discovery.

Being based in London it is was so convenient to nip off to the continent & I love indulging in other countries culture and enviroment. So far I have only travelled in Europe & South Africa so there is so much more to do but hey have passport - will travel. Stumbling across VT has been such a wonderful thing, not only have I been able to share my travel experiences but I have also met & liased with others who are passionate about travel.

As Samuel Johnson said "when a man tires of London he tires of life" - London is an incredibly exciting place to live, I love to discover its hidden treasures & the history & culture that lies within.

My favourite European city is Amsterdam, perhaps its because I have a friend living there that is like family to me & am I'm so familiar with it. The architecture, the tilt of the buildings, the reflection on the watery canals takes my breath away every visit

Cape Town is an amazing place definetly a must before you pass this life!! Seeing Table Mountain with its table cloth, cloud covering is spectacular. Awesome drives, beautiful beaches, great food .... what more can I say. The best thing is I can always come back to the mother city.

City Life

I am looking forward to meeting VT'ers & being able to show them what I find so special about London.

I work in the city and commute to work which takes me about 45min door to door. This picture of the Swiss Re Tower, commonly known as the Gherkin was taken from Gary Rhodes restaurant 24 which is in Tower 42 (previously known as Natwest Tower) which is just slightly taller then the Gerkin with great views.

I have done several walking tours in London, discovering some of London't secret & hidden treasures. London open house weekend which happens mid September is well worth a visit
London Open House I have been to Lambeth Palace, St Pancras Chambers, Custom House, Foreign Office .... to name a few places.

Places I've travelled things I've seen

2014 Travels so far

January - February Polonaruwa, Sigiriya, Kandy, Tissamaharama & Unawatuna

February 2013 a trip home to Cape Town & London

2012 Travels

January 2012 moved to Trincomalee Sri Lanka

2011 Travels

April 2011 - Sri Lanka

2010 Travels

May 2010 Euromeeting 2010 Krakow

March 2010 A paddywagon tour of Northern Ireland starting in Dublin


December 2009 a trip to Rome and a chance to meet Carol (icunme) tips delayed due to theft of laptop

August 2009 back to Amsterdam a trip to the Dolphinarium & Utrechtrecently updated

July 2009 London Treasure Hunt Click here to see who joined in on the treasure hunt I organised.

31 May to 8 June 2009 The long awaited Chicagotrip meeting up with Dabs and friends - more tips to follow

May 2009 A wild flanders meeting Kortrijk Belgium I met some old friends and made some new friends & I will post my tales soon

February 2009 Taking a few days off to show an American the best London has to offer with a trip to visit Liz in Windsor - tips to follow

COMPLETED MONTHS OF 2006 / 2007 / 2008

Summer Weeks trip to New York page is now finished

Day trip to Oxford with dutch friend Superhanny

Easter wknd MarchOff to Jersey with a couple of girls for a relaxing break.

Dec 2007 - Jan 2008 Back home to Cape Town for some sunshine and to see my niece start her first day of school.

December 2007 In Amsterdam to celebrate Sinterklaas birthday, Han said if I'm a bad girl Sinterklaas will put me in his sack & take me back to Spain.

October 2007 trip to Krakow including visit to AuschwitzThose that do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it" George Santayana

July 2007 Dutch legend Superhanny is over at Chez Jo for a week, we will be visiting Brighton and taking in various musicals / plays. MONKEY is joining us on these trips he is very eager to see SH again.
Kew Gardens page recently updated with Monkey's new adventures with Jo104 & Han click here to view Kew Gardens

June 2007 Bath trip with the girls to try out the new thermespa click here to find out more Bath

May 2007 Cambridge with Dabs, Balfor, Acifa & Gioiacapetown, My birthday celebrations & Brownie pack holiday - whilst other vt'ers are in Santorini. A very interesting trip indeed find out more by clicking here Cambridge

April 2007 Another trip to the Netherlands this time to see South Holland, visit De Efteling, Den Bos, Amsterdam and incl day trip to Cologne. On this trip I am joined by my work Mascot Monkey

March 2007 Going down to Calais for the weekend visiting Nhcram

Completed travel 2006

December 2006 Back home to Cape Town to spend Christmas & New Year with the folks

October 2006 Booked on Rhineroll's wineroll in Bonn

August 2006 bank holiday I will enjoy an extended bank holiday weekend in Amsterdamand the tiny village of Madurodam also to see Utrecht & some Dutch Vt'ers

July 2006 Donna (Acirfa) and I are back from our trip to Copenhagen

March 2006 I visited Prague in very icy conditions, feel free to have a look Prague. I was able to spend meet up with Dutchie VT'er Roggeveen(Walter) for a great meal & snowball fight.

January 2006 - big VT meeting organised by Jenniflower Well I had a fantastic VT Meeting thanks to Jenniflower (stunner Jen) & Keida84 (Princess Kat) for organising. Please click here to view the pics on my london page London page

My visit back home to Cape Townin December 2005 was great, I spent a lot of time with my family & niece. I also managed to escape to Knysna for a few nights. Cape Town was warm but very windy something to bear in mind whilst planning a December trip.

My latest bit of interesting news 2007 - I had to have suprise surgery to remove a piece of wood from my ankle that has been there for 8 years now. The moral of the story is make sure you pick up the orange stick after manicuring your nails lest you step on it like I did. I am so grateful to the NHS for the expert way they cured the problem

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