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Safari and Home

Posted in Claire Burgess, Nepal, Travel by Claire Burgess on August 29, 2010

Day 16- Tuesday 26th May

We got up early this morning to go on a safari in Chitwan National Park. We went out in the jeep again which we discovered was still running from the 1960’s. We got a long wooden boat across the river to look for crocodiles. We saw one as we went along the river just a few feet away. It was scary being so close to something so big. When we got off the boat we walked through the jungle until we reached an elephant sanctuary. Here we saw a rare set of twin elephants with their mother and lots of other elephants.

We then headed back to the river where we were last night to watch the sunrise to see the elephants with their mahouts getting a wash. They were all really funny getting washed and playing around . The mahouts didn’t seem scared at all of the huge creatures.

Later in the day we did the very last part of the safari and took a ride on an elephant into the jungle to see what we would see. We spotted a peacock, a mother and baby rhino and some deer. The elephant was a little naughty for his mahout and kept stopping to eat all the time. That made it more of an adventure for us though as we sat on the top.

The next morning we headed back to Kathmandu and are heading back to the UK tomorrow. It’s been a great adventure all round and a great experience. If your thinking of heading to Nepal to go to base camp or just to see what happens then I totally recommend it. I have had an amazing, tiring, surprising time and hope to go back one day. I have loved meeting lots of lovely people along the way. Thanks for coming on this journey with me.

Love Claire x

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I’m Going to Join The Circus

Posted in Claire Burgess, Fun, Live Music, Manchester UK, Music by Claire Burgess on July 22, 2009

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to go and see Take That’s Circus Tour in Manchester at Old Trafford Cricket Ground. I can’t tell you how amazing it was. I have been a Take That fan for as long as I can remember. Back in the day I used to write Gary Barlow love poems and post them through his gate. He only lived around the corner (I’m not ashamed!) I was also part of a Key 103 Radio documentary that would encourage the band to re-form after a 10year break. I have been to see them countless times and even fainted twice at their last stadium gig in Manchester.

This gig didn’t disappoint. It had it all, an elephant, clowns, unicycles men on stilts, fire, balloons and even man made rain! It was the perfect summers day for two twin sisters to go and see their favourite band. It was more than a gig…it was a full on extravaganza. With 2 support acts in Gary Go and The Script plus two hours of Take That I would have been happy to pay my money twice over. Now I just can’t wait for the next tour! Sorry if you missed it…

Take That on their elephant

Take That on their elephant

Me catching some sun before the show starts

Me catching some sun before the show starts

The 'Cloud Man" on stilts who gave out balloons

The 'Cloud Man" on stilts who gave out balloons

The Balloons float away at the start of the show

The Balloons float away at the start of the show