Driving the Panoramic Route

Driving the Panoramic Route

After my overland tour with Intrepid Travel, I flew from Vic Falls to Johannesburg to begin the third leg of my African journey. I met Terangi, a guy that I met on New Year’s Eve in Rio 2013-2014, and we began our road trip. We spent the week with my friend John, whom I’d met while camping in Addo Elephant National Park, and his lovely, gracious, and most-welcoming family.

From Whiteriver, we…

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Berlin - Part 1

So here we were, leaving scandinavia after 4 months with only one campsite visit under our belts - wildcamping is incredibly easy in this part of the world.
The ferry departed with us tucked away in the on board cafe, happily connected to wifi for the next six hours.

Disembarking in Rostock, Germany, we journeyed southwards towards Berlin as we were meeting Theo’s family there in a couple of days. Two things drastically improved our moods; 1. Food was now ‘cheap’, and 2. Fuel was now 'cheap’. Keeping to budget would now be laughably easy - a bag of apples would only set us back £1 rather than £4, and a tank of fuel diminished to £70 rather than £100.

Finding ourselves with some time to kill we popped over the border in Poland, where we marvelled at the price of food in Tesco (it’s the little things that become exciting after so long on the road) and spent the night in the car park along with some lorries. Awaking to the sound of idle engines we peeked out the side window to discover we were surrounded by coaches.

A few days slowly making our way to Germany’s capital we found ourselves wildcamping in the city, a few miles from the centre - our bikes really came into use here. Berlin turned out to be another city equipped to handle cyclists, something that can’t be said for our hometown - Birmingham, UK.

We collected Theo’s parents from the airport a couple of days later, and parked Belthy up in a leafy side street nearby the apartment we were sharing for the next 5 days. Seeing people we knew so well was a wonderful change to it just being the two of us - we had a lot of stories to share.
Staying over the road from some of Theo’s family members who lived in the city, meant we would be shown Berlin by real Berliners.

Berlin turned out to be another city we’d fall in love with; amazing architecture, intriguing history, fantastic food, unique shops, and great company.
The 25th anniversary of the fall of The Berlin Wall took place whilst we were in there. We joined the crowds lining the Spree river to watch as the thousands of balloons were released into the night air along the original placement of the wall in a domino effect. To be part of such a poignant celebration was one to remember, especially as we both learned so much about the wall and the effects it had on the people.

The following day we walked through the Jewish Quarter where we dined in a dance hall decked with shining tinsel and disco balls, before browsing the shops where Theo picked up some tiny home inspiration in the form of two beautiful books (if a little heavy!). 



This production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch is set in present day.  Hedwig was in her late 20′s when she left Berlin (as she describes while talking about her academic career).  Let’s be kind to Darren and say Hedwig was 27 when she left Berlin.   So, that would make Hedwig 28 when the Berlin Wall falls a year after she leaves.  That was twenty six years ago.  That conservatively makes Hedwig 54 in this production.  Conservatively.  Darren Criss is 28 which is about half the age he needs to be for his performance in this production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch to work.  He does not read as being in his 50′s or even in his 40′s.  Logically, the show does not make since with Darren Criss in it.


Darren recently refered to Hedwig are a “woman thing” (source).  Which not only show no reverence for the role but also shows no respect for that entire community of people.


Darren Criss is simply not a strong singer and not a strong actor.  These things are CRUCIAL for Hedwig.  Those things can sometimes be overlooked with stage presence.  Darren also has none of that as evidenced from his stint in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.  He was terrible in in, regardless of how much money he made during his run, because he had no ease on stage.  He looked uncomfortable, couldn’t sing a role that was TAILOR MADE for non-singers, and was not engaging on stage at all.  Hedwig requires 200% more than his role in How to Succeed took role took.  There’s just no way.  


As is evidenced from how his fans acted during How To Succeed, Hedwig will now become The Darren Criss Show.  It will not not be about the character anymore for the people coming to see the show because it will become about a screaming mob of Gleeks who are excited to fetishize homosexuality and transexuality.  This will completely water down the beautiful nuisances of the show and turn it into a vehicle for Darren’s ego.  


It doesn’t mean he’s going to be good just because Stephen Trask and John Cameron Mitchell, the creators of the show, are talking up Darren joining.  They A) Have to Talk Up The Show and B) well… I love them… but John wrote a long blog begging people to give Ally Sheedy a chance when the Jane Street Production was running… and we know how that went (In case you don’t)

Read This Before You Fall In Love With Me

Read This Before You Fall In Love With Me


You can’t love me because you’re lonely, or because I am the only one who doesn’t piss you off. I want to piss you off, I want to get on your fucking nerves. I don’t want the responsibility of always being your rock. I will try, but I’m a mess, too. I lie, I sleep too much and I don’t like children under the age of 6, really. I don’t even know if I want kids because I’m selfish, and…

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