Spidey's World Tour

Our very patient and well-travelled mascot Spidey has accompanied us from the first day of our journey. Obviously inspired by the charming film Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain, he was kind enough to pose for portraits with famous landmarks and with many of the animals and people we met along the way.

Possibly bored with our company or tired of the duties of mascot-hood, Spidey set out on his own travels somewhere in northern Australia, and we didn't hear from him for a couple of months. He could have sent a postcard, at least. But he wasn't able to stay away in the end, and he's come back to travel with us again. He may disappear another time down the road (he's an independent sort of spider) but for now the partnership continues.

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Spidey riding a smiling wallaby; Territory Wildlife Park, Northern Territory, Australia; September 6th, 2010
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Spidey riding a smiling wallaby
Territory Wildlife Park, Northern Territory, Australia
September 6th, 2010

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Spidey with Bela the baby Free-tailed Bat (Molossus sp.); Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica; May 1st, 2012Spidey with Bela the baby Free-tailed Bat (Molossus sp.); Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica; May 1st, 2012Spidey with a Strawberry Poison-Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) at the Finca la Isla Botanical Garden; Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica; April 29th, 2012Another shot from the Spidey Blooper Reels: Spidey with Buttercup, poster-child and first resident of the Aviarios del Caribe sloth sanctuary; Near Cahuite, Costa Rica; April 21st, 2012Spidey with a baby alpaca at the Church of San Cristóbal; Cusco, Peru; April 5th, 2012Spidey with a llama; Machu Picchu, Peru; April 2nd, 2012Sheryl and Spidey with a llama; Machu Picchu, Peru; April 2nd, 2012A llama unimpressed by Sheryl and Spidey; Machu Picchu, Peru; April 2nd, 2012Spidey riding a llama; Machu Picchu, Peru; April 2nd, 2012Spidey with the ruins; Machu Picchu, Peru; April 2nd, 2012Spidey posing with a Titanosaurus at Parque Cretacico, Cal Orcko; Sucre, Bolivia; March 24th, 2012Spidey with the dried llama fetuses, right at home in the Witches' Market; La Paz, Bolivia; February 27th, 2012Spidey in a derelict power plant; Humberstone saltpeter works, near Iquique, Chile; February 18th, 2012Spidey at the Salinas Grandes salt flats; Jujuy Province, Argentina; February 5th, 2012Spidey at Iguazu Falls; Iguaçu National Park, Brazil; January 27th, 2012Spidey with a butterfly; Iguazú National Park, Argentina; January 26th, 2012Spidey at Iguazu Falls; Iguazú National Park, Argentina; January 25th, 2012Spidey at the 180th meridian of longitude; Taveuni, Fiji; October 22nd, 2011Spidey lurking in a basket fungus; Near Totaranui, Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand; May 11th, 2011Spidey on the ice; Fox Glacier, New Zealand; April 26th, 2011Spidey in the fresh snow on fern fronds; Lake Mackenzie Hut on the Routeburn Track, Mt. Aspiring National Park, New Zealand; April 18th, 2011Spidey on the marker at the summit of Mount Luxmore (1472m); The Kepler Track, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand; April 9th, 2011Spidey at Slope Point (the southern-most point of the South Island); The Catlins, New Zealand; March 30th, 2011Spidey at the brink of the Falls; Niagara Falls, the Catlins, New Zealand; March 30th, 2011Spidey on the curb at Baldwin Street, the world's steepest residential street; Dunedin, New Zealand; March 26th, 2011Spidey at the Moeraki Boulders; Moeraki, New Zealand; March 23rd, 2011Spidey at the Moeraki Boulders; Moeraki, New Zealand; March 23rd, 2011Spidey with the Big Carrot; Ohakune, New Zealand; March 10th, 2011Spidey with the active volcano Mt. Ngauruhoe (which represented Mt. Doom in the film adaptation of the Lord of the Rings novels), on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing trail; Tongariro National Park, New Zealand; March 9th, 2011Spidey with Riff Raff from the Rocky Horror Picture Show; Hamilton, New Zealand; February 16th, 2011Spidey with Riff Raff from the Rocky Horror Picture Show; Hamilton, New Zealand; February 16th, 2011Spidey at Sydney Opera House; Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; January 30th, 2011Spidey on a salt-pan; Lake Hart, South Australia; January 8th, 2011Spidey the opal miner is happy with his finds; Coober Pedy, South Australia; January 7th, 2011Spidey at Uluṟu (Ayers Rock); Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, Northern Territory, Australia; January 3rd, 2011Spidey riding a smiling wallaby; Territory Wildlife Park, Northern Territory, Australia; September 6th, 2010Spidey and Tilli; Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia; August 31st, 2010Spidey with our new old car; Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia; August 31st, 2010Spidey and the Sands Skypark resort; Singapore; August 14th, 2010Spidey with His Majesty Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei; Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam; August 6th, 2010Spidey with the seahorse lighthouse; Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia; August 1st, 2010Spidey on the Equator; Pontianak, Borneo, Indonesia; May 15th, 2010Spidey with Siswi the orangutan; Camp Leakey, Tanjung Puting National Park, Borneo, Indonesia; May 12th, 2010Spidey with blocks of mined sulphur; Mt. Ijen volcano, Java, Indonesia; April 24th, 2010Spidey with a sulphur miner; Mt. Ijen volcano, Java, Indonesia; April 24th, 2010Spidey at the Petronas Twin Towers, formerly the world's tallest buildings; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; March 19th, 2010Spidey with a Rafflesia Kerrii flower; Cameron Highlands, Malaysia; February 15th, 2010Spidey with a Rafflesia Kerrii flower; Cameron Highlands, Malaysia; February 15th, 2010Spidey with a Rafflesia Kerrii flower; Cameron Highlands, Malaysia; February 15th, 2010Spidey with a Rafflesia Kerrii flower; Cameron Highlands, Malaysia; February 15th, 2010Spidey with the Cunard Line flagship RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest ocean liner ever built, docked at Swettenham Pier; Georgetown, Malaysia; February 4th, 2010Spidey with a baby sea turtle at the Turtle Conservation centre; Pantai Kerachut, Penang National Park, Malaysia; February 1st, 2010Doby and Spidey; Georgetown, Malaysia; January 28th, 2010Spidey with a Halloween Crab; Koh Tao, Thailand; December 21st, 2009Spidey with a Halloween Crab; Koh Tao, Thailand; December 21st, 2009Spidey at Angkor Wat; Angkor, Cambodia; October 26th, 2009Spidey with one of the famous trees at Ta Prohm temple; Angkor, Cambodia; October 21st, 2009Spidey at Halong Bay; Vietnam; September 19th, 2009From the Spidey blooper reels; Halong Bay, Vietnam; September 19th, 2009Spidey with sandstone spires; Wulingyuan geological park, near Zhangjiajie, China; September 5th, 2009Spidey with the Grand Buddha (tallest in the world at 71m); Leshan, China; August 30th, 2009Spidey at the Great Wall; Near Simatai, China; August 21st, 2009Spidey at the Great Wall; Near Simatai, China; August 21st, 2009Spidey with a stone lion at the Forbidden City; Beijing, China; August 20th, 2009Spidey with the portrait of Mao Tse-Tung at the Gate of Heavenly Peace (covered with scaffolding); Beijing, China; August 17th, 2009Spidey with the Pearl Tower; Shanghai, China; August 9th, 2009Spidey with a Hikari Rail Star shinkansen (bullet train); Hakata, Japan; August 1st, 2009Spidey at Nakadake crater; Mount Aso, Japan; July 31st, 2009Spidey with a giant robot (full-scale Gundam replica) in Odaiba; Tokyo, Japan; July 14th, 2009Spidey with skyscrapers; Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan; July 7th, 2009Spidey with a five-month old baby elephant at the Elephant Breeding Centre; Sauraha, Nepal; June 13th, 2009Spidey with a five-month old baby elephant at the Elephant Breeding Centre; Sauraha, Nepal; June 13th, 2009Spidey with a five-month old baby elephant at the Elephant Breeding Centre; Sauraha, Nepal; June 13th, 2009Spidey with inukshuk; Thorung-La Pass, on the Annapurna Circuit, Nepal; May 30th, 2009Spidey with the sign at Thorung-La Pass; On the Annapurna Circuit, Nepal; May 30th, 2009Spidey with Mt. Annapurna; Near Upper Pisang, on the Annapurna Circuit, Nepal; May 24th, 2009Spidey at Swayambhunath; Kathmandu, Nepal; May 16th, 2009Manu and Spidey; Pinjore Gardens, Haryana, India; April 30th, 2009Swarankant and Spidey; Pinjore Gardens, Haryana, India; April 30th, 2009Priya and Spidey; Pinjore Gardens, Haryana, India; April 30th, 2009Swarankant putting Spidey on Sheryl's head; Pinjore Gardens, Haryana, India; April 30th, 2009Spidey at the Golden Temple; Amritsar, Punjab, India; April 26th, 2009Spidey at the Golden Temple; Amritsar, Punjab, India; April 26th, 2009Spidey at the Taj Mahal; Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India; April 19th, 2009Spidey with the Chand Minar at Daulatabad Fort; Near Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India; April 15th, 2009Spidey and Ganesh; Mumbai, Maharashtra, India; March 30th, 2009Spidey and Ganesh; Mumbai, Maharashtra, India; March 30th, 2009Sheryl holding Spidey and Ganesh; Mumbai, Maharashtra, India; March 30th, 2009Spidey and a rat at the Karni Mata temple; Deshnoke, Rajasthan, India; March 23rd, 2009Spidey and a rat at the Karni Mata temple; Deshnoke, Rajasthan, India; March 23rd, 2009Spidey and a rat at the Karni Mata temple; Deshnoke, Rajasthan, India; March 23rd, 2009A rat afraid of Spidey at the Karni Mata temple; Deshnoke, Rajasthan, India; March 23rd, 2009Spidey and Gunu; Jhotwara, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India; March 13th, 2009Spidey with penguins; Seaforth, Simonstown, South Africa; February 2nd, 2009Spidey with a penguin; Boulders Beach, Simonstown, South Africa; December 19th, 2008Spidey in a Cobas Tree; Spitzkoppe, the Namib Desert, Namibia; November 30th, 2008Spidey in a Cobas Tree; Spitzkoppe, the Namib Desert, Namibia; November 30th, 2008Bushman girl with Spidey on her head; Near Grashoek in the Kalahari, Namibia; November 25th, 2008Bushman girl with Spidey on her head; Near Grashoek in the Kalahari, Namibia; November 25th, 2008Bushman girl with Spidey on her head; Near Grashoek in the Kalahari, Namibia; November 25th, 2008Spidey in the Usambara Mountains; Tanzania; October 24th, 2008Spidey and Gargoyle; Notre Dame, Paris, France; October 14th, 2008Spidey and Gargoyle; Notre Dame, Paris, France; October 14th, 2008Spidey and Gargoyle; Notre Dame, Paris, France; October 14th, 2008Spidey and Gargoyle; Notre Dame, Paris, France; October 14th, 2008Spidey at Neuschwanstein Castle; Füssen, Germany; October 6th, 2008Spidey and a puppet of the mythical Tarasque; Tarason, France; September 23rd, 2008Sheryl and Spidey with her flower; Monte Carlo, Monaco; September 20th, 2008Spidey at the Colosseum; Rome, Italy; September 14th, 2008Spidey at Trevi Fountain; Rome, Italy; September 14th, 2008Spidey riding a tortoise; Bol, Brač Island, Croatia; September 5th, 2008Spidey riding a tortoise; Bol, Brač Island, Croatia; September 5th, 2008Spidey at Cetatea Poienari; Făgăraş Mountains, Romania; August 28th, 2008Spidey at Cetatea Poienari; Făgăraş Mountains, Romania; August 28th, 2008Sarah and Spidey; Sighetu Marmaţiei, Romania; August 15th, 2008Sarah menacing Stewart with Spidey; Sighetu Marmaţiei, Romania; August 14th, 2008Sheryl and Spidey at Palvölgyi Cave; Budapest, Hungary; August 4th, 2008Spidey with a lovely hat; Budapest, Hungary; August 3rd, 2008Spidey in the flowers at Buda Castle; Budapest, Hungary; August 2nd, 2008Spidey in front of the coat of arms at the Sedlec Ossuary; Kutná Horá, Czech Republic; July 23rd, 2008Spidey at the East Side Gallery (longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall); Berlin, Germany; July 20th, 2008Spidey at the East Side Gallery (longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall); Berlin, Germany; July 20th, 2008Spidey on a beer label; Berlin, Germany; July 18th, 2008Spidey on a skull; Capela dos Ossos; Igreja de São Francisco; Évora, Portugal; July 8th, 2008Spidey on a skull; Capela dos Ossos; Igreja de São Francisco; Évora, Portugal; July 8th, 2008Spidey wearing flowers, with the Rock of Gibraltar in the background; June 28th, 2008Spidey with the Rock of Gibraltar; June 28th, 2008Spidey and camel; Erg Chebbi, Sahara Desert, Morocco; June 27th, 2008Sheryl and Spidey; Erg Chebbi, Sahara Desert, Morocco; June 26th, 2008Spidey at a lake; Atlas Mountains; Morocco; June 25th, 2008Emilie and Spidey on the bus from Málaga to Tarifa; Spain; June 20th, 2008Spidey at Salvador Dalí museum; Figueres, Spain; June 5th, 2008Spidey with Gaudí's famous salamander; Parc Güell (A. Gaudí); Barcelona, Spain; June 4th, 2008Spidey with his sweater; Tralee Bus Station, Co. Kerry, Ireland; May 21st, 2008Spidey the spider and Bugs the goat skull guarding the campsite; Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow, Ireland; May 13th, 2008