About Me and My Other Half
I don't update or even log in to VT that often anymore, so don't be upset if you email me and I don't reply. As I write this Nick and I are currently in Paris where we are working at the Rugby World Cup until the end of Oct. 2007.
My husband and I are named Nick and Wendy respectively, but we are known to some of our friends as Jungle Boy and Jungle Girl, or, collectively, The Jungles. As you might expect this comes from our habit of traipsing through jungles looking for orangutans, tigers, quetzals, and whatever else might be around.
We like travelling in plenty of other habitats too, though. We love trekking in the mountains especially. We're also into history and archaeology and thus love visiting historical sites. Basically we just love travelling and would like to go just about everywhere in the world. We're up to 50 or so countries now, but we still have many more to go!
Even though we now have jobs that allow us to save up a sizeable sum for travel, no matter how much money we have we will still always be backpackers. This is partly because it's just more fun and rewarding to travel that way; you can immerse yourself so much more in a culture when you're sharing a bus seat with a farmer and his chickens than you can behind the tinted windows of an air-conditioned coach (or worse, a plane). It's also a matter of making the money go as far (literally) as possible. I'd much rather spend one month travelling on a tight budget instead of one week travelling in style. I still tend to think of money in terms of how much travel it can buy. As in, 'Hmm, I could spend $50 on this pair of shoes, or I could spend seven days in India!' Consequently, my hotel, restaurant, and transportation tips will be helpful primarily for independent, budget travellers.
Besides travelling, we also enjoy learning other languages, which of course goes hand in hand with travelling. Our native language is English (Nick's Australian and I'm American) but we both speak Spanish and Portuguese and I also speak French and Italian. I'm always keen to practice my language skills, so feel free to write to me in any of these languages!
By the way, except where noted on my Rome page, all the photos on my travel pages were taken by Nick and are copyright; please don't use them without asking. You can see many more of his shots, including those from the places I've not yet gotten around to making pages for, at his flickr page.