each journey starts with a single step

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Each journey starts with a single step – Confucious 

We have broken up this European adventure into stages and we are approaching our final stage. A week from today we will have completed (hopefully) Day 1 of our biggest journeys: 800 km of walking!

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It is beginning to sink in and we are a wee bit nervous as we have been “travelling” and not really “training” for it. But at the same time, we are pretty excited as we have reached our fundraising target already so anything else we receive now is an added bonus so if you are interested in supporting our charity, please donate here: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/wise-monkeys-abroad

Who are we raising money for?

We are raising money for FAST (Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics Australia). FAST is dedicated to finding a cure for Angelman Syndrome and related disorders through funding research, education, and advocacy.

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What are we raising awareness about?

We are raising awareness for a condition called Angelman Sydnrome which David’s older brother has. So this  is very close to our hearts! Please read more about Angelman Syndrome here: http://www.cureangelman.org.au/whatisangelman/ and more importantly,

Please help spread the word about Angelman Syndrome. 

And so now we count down… day by day …then step by step…. until we complete 800 km!

Wish us luck and thank you to everyone who has shown us their support!

 

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34 thoughts on “each journey starts with a single step

    Jaspa said:
    September 3, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Good luck, Monkeys! We’ll be with you every step (pun intended) of the way!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 3, 2014 at 2:18 am

      Thanks Jaspa 🙂 It is beginning to sink in!!

    thebritishberliner said:
    September 2, 2014 at 4:56 am

    Good luck guys. It will be an amazing journey.

    thegrownupgapyear said:
    September 2, 2014 at 12:51 am

    Good luck guys! I have always wanted to do this so will be following your journey with interest 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 2, 2014 at 1:09 am

      Thank you!! The time is creeping up and with each day we are getting a bit more nervous and a bit more excited! Hopefully our tales won’t be too scary 😉

    the eternal traveller said:
    August 31, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Good luck. You will have a wonderful experience.

    Nadine said:
    August 31, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Buen Camino!! I’m so excited for you guys and am really looking forward to following your journey. Every day I miss the Camino, so soak it all up: the good and bad, the highs and lows, the joy and the pain. It’s all so worth it. 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 31, 2014 at 12:35 am

      Thanks Nadine!! We have no idea what to expect! We have purposefully not looked at photos recently or watched “The Way” just so we experience it all for the first time with all our senses when we do it!

    vchandnani said:
    August 30, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Good luck Le and David:-) I am sure both of you will be fine! Enjoy the walk

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 30, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      Thank you, lovely 🙂 We are getting excited but nervous as well!!!

    whichwaynow101 said:
    August 30, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Good luck to you! We drove along part of this pilgrim’s trail when we crossed the Pyrenees years ago and dined with some of the pilgrims. Now scratching my head trying to remember where!

      whichwaynow101 said:
      August 30, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Just scrolled back up to your brochure. It was Roncesvalles!

        wisemonkeysabroad responded:
        August 30, 2014 at 5:24 pm

        🙂 We think that is our first night stop….. possibly!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 30, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      Thank you 🙂 It will be such an experience – we are nervous but really looking forward to it 🙂

    davidnoelsmith said:
    August 30, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Good luck! Hopefully we will meet somewhere on the Way! I start out on the 4th!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 30, 2014 at 5:36 am

      Why of course?!! All the best to you too & yes, hopefully we will run into each other at some stage 🙂

    Diana said:
    August 30, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Good luck!!!!

    Savvy Kenya (@savvykenya) said:
    August 29, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Good luck guys! I know you’ll make it 🙂

    Justine of The Travel Lush said:
    August 29, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Oh, I think it’s so great that you guys are doing the walk. And for a charity that’s so close to your heart. That’s awesome. I’ve been reading incredible things about the Camino de Santiago on Curiosity Travels. I hope you have an equally amazing experience. I wish you two the best of luck! You can do it 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 29, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      Thanks Justine!! We have received a huge amount of support from family, friends and fellow bloggers – we feel very blessed to have so many rallying behind us 🙂 We will be thinking of everyone each time it gets tough!

    kayrpea61 said:
    August 29, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    God speed you on your way, kids 🙂

    Too Mutch For Words said:
    August 29, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Best of luck with the fundraising AND on the journey!

    backpackerlee said:
    August 29, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Well good luck and I’m glad it’s for a great cause! 🙂

    Masala & Blarney said:
    August 29, 2014 at 7:36 am

    You can do it! It seems like a lot, especially on paper and in your head – but when you are finally there it will be completely different experience.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 29, 2014 at 7:52 am

      Thank you for your words of encouragement! We will keep everyone posted 🙂

    Ayla said:
    August 29, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Good luck guys! I know how you feel as I was travelling before the Inca Trail and did no training even though I know I should have been. It might be tough but it will be totally worth it in the end 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 29, 2014 at 7:34 am

      Thank you so much Ayla 🙂 We will be thinking of your words of wisdom if and when it gets tough 🙂

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