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Tony with Flamingos (17th December 2022)

Tony is just outside Walvis Bay on Namibia’s Atlantic coast and is surrounded by thousands of pink flamingos; large birds with long legs and necks. They seem to be eating small fish or insects in the mud of the lagoon. The voice heard on the video is Tony and his local taxi driver and friend, Max, who Tony met previously on his trip to the Cape Cross Seal Colony. Video taken on Thursday, 15 December 2022. A lovely sight of nature.

Quad biking in Namibia (12th December 2022)

Tony is on the back of a quad bike, being driven up and down the sand dunes of the mighty Namib Desert, just outside the small tourist town of Swakopmund, on the mid Atlantic coast of Namibia, Southern Africa. Taken on Saturday, 10th December 2022.

See the awesome sight of sand dunes in the background and sand flying everywhere. Tony is sat on the back, holding on for dear life as he is driven at high speed through these amazing sand hills. What great fun!!!

Go check it out then come to beautiful Namibia, with its diverse landscape and kind, wonderful, friendly people and tasty food. Cheers, Tony the Traveller :).

Tony standing at the Mouth of Hell (24th November 2022)

Tony is standing at the Mouth of Hell (Boca do Inferno) in the south part of São Tomé island. Sea waves enter an underwater cave on the south side of São Tomé island and, with nowhere to go, shoot straight up through a large natural hole in the volcanic rock. The sound and sight is tremendous, as this video clearly shows. One of many reasons to visit beautiful São Tomé.
A second great video of Tony standing at the ‘Mouth of Hell’ on the south-east side of the beautiful island of São Tomé. The sound of crashing, exploding waves under pressure is remarkable and spine-tingling!
Final video of Tony with Boca do Inferno (the mouth of hell)!

Tony in Yerevan (3rd November 2022)

Tony is with his lovely Armenian tour guide and friend, Hasmik Babalaryan, with a beautiful fountain in Republic Square (Hanrapetut′yan hraparak, known locally as Hraparak, “the square”), centre of Yerevan, capital of Armenia. This video was made on afternoon of 24th October 2022 – Tony’s last day in Armenia after he visited to attend and speak at the Extraordinary Travel Festival that occurred in Yerevan between 14th-16th October 2022.

Tony in North Armenia (21st October 2022)

Hi everyone. Hope this finds people well, busy, keeping warm and not struggling too much. I hear times are tough. Especially in the UK, with Prime Ministers and cabinets constantly coming and going like there’s no tomorrow! What a bloody mess! Anyway: I’m in North Armenia, now in the small city of Dilijan in a nice, small guesthouse with kind staff. Not much English however, and I’m not exactly sure where I am!

I’ve spent the past week in wonderful Yerevan at the Extraordinary Travel Festival; a gathering of extreme travellers! Check out the amazing The Blind World Traveler video by Gustav below.

I did some excursions out of Yerevan to many churches and monasteries with a lovely, young, Armenian tour guide named Has, she’s wonderful. Then, with Has’s help, I took a shared taxi to Gyumri, Armenia’s second city, in the north. Had a nice one-day guided tour around Gyumri’s quiet, charming city, spent one night in a very quiet guesthouse and today, made my way to Dilijan by way of two taxies, one shared and one private! Buses only seem to run at certain times or when there are people to fill them. Anyway, I’m settling in, relaxing and waiting to see what tomorrow will bring.
Cheers everyone. Stay safe, be well. Tony the Traveller :).

Blue Mountains video photos (23rd September 2022)

Tony riding the Scenic Cableway with other tourists at Scenic World, a tourist attraction in the picturesque Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. It’s located about a 2-hour drive from Sydney.

Check out Tony’s latest photos here.

Surfing videos, NSW, Australia (15th September 2022)

Tony at his first attempt at surfing: totally blind and severely deaf in both ears. He can’t see or hear anything, as he can’t wear his hearing aids in the sea! What fun!
Tony’s second attempt at surfing in the sea, off a sandy beach near Long Jetty, Central Coast, NSW, Australia on a sunny and windy afternoon. Afternoon of 12th September 2002. Tony’s having a wet time, swallowing half the ocean! The idea of surfing is to lie on a curved shaped surfboard and line yourself up with the waves and follow them into the beach. After feeling the first wave flow over the board, Tony was meant to push up on his arms, get his right knee onto the board and push up on his right leg and move his left leg up onto the board and stand on the board at a sideways angle and surf the waves! Unfortunately, as this video shows, Tony did not quite do this! It was great fun trying though!
This is my last attempt to master surfing! Nearly there, but not quite! A realisation of how hard learning to surf realise is! It took a lot of strength and energy. I went out of my comfort zone, something which is always worth doing!

Watch Tony’s TEDx talk (27th August 2022)

Tony gave this talk in Cluj, Romania on 13th August 2022.

Life Lessons from a Blind Traveler who has visited 100+ countries

Currently in Romania (22nd August 2022)

Fountain in Central Park of Cluj-Napoca in northwest Romania on a hot summer’s day. Check the sound and sight of this lovely little fountain that Tony and Tatiana enjoyed.
Tony and Tatiana touch a semi-nude statue on one of the corners of the fountain in Central Park, Cluj, Romania. A lovely large stone statue of a man, his belly button is very detailed along with his nipples!
Check out another wonderful fountain. I found this one when walked in the centre of Bucharest, Romania’s busy and lively capital. Such a wonderful sound, enjoy.

TEDx Talk (12th August 2022)

I’m doing a TEDx talk tomorrow in Cluj, Romania, Saturday, 13th August.
The show starts at 2pm Romanian time, midday UK time.
I’m not speaking until 4:20pm Romania time, 2:20pm UK time.

https://tedxzorilor.com/

Videos from Tony’s trip to Italy in May (26th July 2022)

Tony listening to a lady playing an accordion on a pedestrian street in Parma, Northern Italy on a sunny evening in May. Tony’s Greek partner, Tatiana, is with him. The long street is lined with shops and busy with locals and tourists alike. Enjoy the delightful sound!
Tony and his Greek partner, Tatiana, at the Neptune Fountain in Bologna, Italy, on a sunny evening in May 2022. The Fountain of Neptune (Fontana di Nettuno) is located in the eponymous square, Piazza del Nettuno, next to Piazza Maggiore in the centre of Bologna, northern Italy. Designed by Tommaso Laureti and Gianbologna, between 1563-1566, The fountain is a model example of Mannerist taste of the Italian courtly elite in the mid-sixteenth century.

Videos of Tony travelling on a rickshaw in Pakistan (3rd May 2022)

Tony and a fellow traveller from France riding a local rickshaw (inexpensive motorised three-wheeled transport) through the busy streets of Sehwan. A small city in the central area of Sindh Province of Pakistan.
Tony still on his rickshaw adventure through the chaotic streets of Sehwan to a famous Sufi shrine. The traffic is energetic to say the least!
Tony in more chaotic traffic. This time in the large, historic city of Multan – City of Saints. Multan is located in southern Punjab Province, which takes up most of east Pakistan. Tony experienced the city with two travellers he met during his journey in Pakistan.

Tony listening to a musical spiritual performance at Harappa (18th March 2022)

Tony listening to a musical spiritual performance to a saintly shrine at the ancient ruins of Harappa – a former Bronze age settlement. A man is singing whilst playing two traditional drums. The entrance to the peaceful shrine can be seen in the video.

Tony in Thar Desert, east Sindh, Pakistan! (14th March 2022)

Tony in Thar Desert, east Sindh, Pakistan!
I’m beginning to walk/slide down a large sand dune or sand hill in the huge Thar Desert, located 3 hours east of Hyderabad, Sindh Province, Pakistan. My friend Zuhaib and I are attempting to walk our way back down the big sand dune having just hiked/stumbled up it! Well, actually, I was pulled up most of the way by Zuhaib! :). We had great fun and it was a tremendous challenge :). You can hear Zuhaib laughing all the way down :) Enjoy, Tony.

Tony trying to milk Cow! (14th March 2022)

This video shows me at 7am on a warm morning in a small village, near the Sindh town of Djudo, roughly 3 hours from Hyderabad, at my Couchsurfing friend’s family farm! I’m attempting to milk a cow. As the video clearly shows, I’m not having much success, judging by the amusement of my friend and his lovely family :).

Tony in Karachi, Pakistan (3rd March 2022)

Tony in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city. He is stood on the side of a busy road, listening to traffic wizz by outside the birthplace house of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of, and first president of Pakistan.
Tony with more heavy traffic speeding by. This time near the entrance to the beautiful park and mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, first Pakistan President, known as the Mazar-e-Quaid. Located in the Jamshed quarters of Central Karachi.

Two more videos from Libya (2nd February 2022)

Here are two more videos from Tony’s visit to Libya in December.

This is Tony’s final joyride in the wonderful sandy Sahara Desert near Ghadames, Libya. Tony is having tremendous fun :). Unlike beach sand, which is sticky and wet, desert sand just slides straight off and leaves no stickiness. I could have stayed in the Sahara for much longer.
Tony standing, listening to the crashing waves of the Mediterranean Sea hitting the beach near where the ancient ruins of Leptis Magna lie in Libya. Located about a two-hour drive east of Tripoli, Libya’s capital, the ruins of a large settlement of both Carthaginian and Roman cultures is a vast complex, roughly one third of which, has been excavated.

Another video of Tony rolling the sand dunes in the Sahara Desert (2nd January 2022)

This is part 2 of Tony rolling the sand dunes in the Sahara Desert near the historical city of Ghadames in Libya on a fun afternoon in December. An amazing, thrilling experience. See the sand fly, hear the shrieking of the wind and Tony and his Canadian travel companion shouting and laughing :). What fun :)

Tony in Libya (14th December 2021)

Tony and his guide, Abubaker, viewing nearby mountains in the distance, roughly 1.5 hours drive from Tripoli, capital and largest city of Libya. It’s a sunny day. Tony was helped over large rocks with loose stones to the viewing area. This viewpoint is not far from a historic stone granary. 12th December 2021
Tony in the UNESCO Old town of Ghadames, south Libya, 13th December 2021. Tony is emerging from one of the covered walkways/passages from the old walled town of Ghadames, an ancient Berba town into the gardens or allotments. Tony’s guide, Abubaker, a Libyan national is the one giving the description. Tony is on a five day organised tour. It’s the only way Libya can be visited by tourists at present.
Tony enjoying sand dune rough ride in Sahara Desert, 13th December 2021. Tony, along with a Canadian tourist and two Libyan guides, are enjoying an afternoon of rough riding over the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert in southern Libya, near the small city of Ghadames. The windows are down and Tony and his Canadian companion can be heard whooping and shouting! The hair-raising bumpy and bouncy experience is like riding a roller-coaster!

Tony listening to a live band in Tunis, Tunisia, 9th December 2021 (12th December 2021)

Heard this live Tunisian band, a mixture of rock and Arab music on the main street of Tunis, capital and largest city of Tunisia, North Africa. The band were finishing their set when Tony and a friend he was with, came across them. Enjoy the music!
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