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Explore.Dream.Discover 2012

Explored Dreamed Discovered 26th August 2012

ARGENTINA | Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Views [606]

The last week was a rushed visit back to Argentina, starting with the quite fun border crossing from Bolivia.  Interestingly there is only a small barrier between the two countries that people seem to stroll through, so quite why we were in line waiting ... Read more >

Bolivia - 16th August  Day 3 Salar de Uyuni - The Bolivian salt flats tour

BOLIVIA | Thursday, 16 Aug 2012 | Views [833]

After a good nights sleep, we woke up refreshed and ready to go.  We headed to one of the highlights of the trip, and something we missed out on the day before because of the delays.  Nestled at the base of a semi-circle of red mountains was the 'Laguna ... Read more >

Tags: road trip

Bolivia - 15th August  Day 2 Salar de Uyuni - The Bolivian salt flats tour

BOLIVIA | Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | Views [771]

Having not slept well overnight, and needing to get up for the loo twice in the middle of the night, I was relieved when the 430am alarm went off.  The night sky was the most amazing I think I have ever seen, millions of stars and the milky-way clearly ... Read more >

Tags: road trip

Bolivia - 14th August  Day 1 Salar de Uyuni - The Bolivian salt flats tour

BOLIVIA | Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 | Views [1063]

Today our four day tour of the Bolivian salt flats began, where we will cross the biggest salt lake in the world.  We headed off in our 4WD with a Belgian couple and the driver called Santos, and we followed another group also.  Initially we were to ... Read more >

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Turpiza, Bolivia - 12th August

BOLIVIA | Sunday, 12 Aug 2012 | Views [520]

We arrived at La Quiaca the Argentinian border town facing Bolivia.  It was 615am and literally freezing cold.  Loads of people had gathered and crammed into the decaying bus shelter, some sleeping on the floor, many half falling off chairs.  Most ... Read more >

Tags: trekking

Salta, Argentina - 10th August

ARGENTINA | Friday, 10 Aug 2012 | Views [474]

After another very  poor nights sleep we boarded our bus heading to Salta, Argentina. The bus still hadn't departed after two hours and it wasn't until a girl got on that we realised we'd been waiting for her the whole time. How can a double decker ... Read more >

Chile Santiago | San Pedro de Atacama - 6th August

CHILE | Monday, 6 Aug 2012 | Views [735]

Hola amigos! Here we are in Santiago, Chile. After a comfortable 14 hour overnight flight and a short underground journey on the amazing tube system, we made it to our accommodation. We didn't really get up to much in Santiago except book our bus ... Read more >

As things come to a close...Aug 5th NZ

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 4 Aug 2012 | Views [816] | Comments [1]

. With only a few weeks left till our return home, I thought a little personal account of my emotions might be something interesting we could look back on one day. Firstly all my apprehensions of leaving work and stopping training, jumping off the bandwagon ... Read more >

Tags: thoughts

New Zealand - Skydiving Lake Taupo - 1st August

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 1 Aug 2012 | Views [867]

Today we woke up with a plan.  The plan was that if we looked out of the window and there was blue sky, we would skydive.  If not, then it's not meant to be as the weather forecast was only rain for the foreseeable future.  It was blue sky.  ... Read more >

Tags: skydiving

New Zealand - Tongariro Alpine Crossing - 28th July

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 28 Jul 2012 | Views [990]

We had heard many good things about the Tongariro National Park and this was our next stop from Wellington.  The scenery very different to the stunning south island, but we already knew that couldn't be beaten.  The north definitely reminded me more ... Read more >

Tags: trekking

New Zealand - Rotorua and the living thermal village - 24th July

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012 | Views [558]

We drove to Rotorua and could smell it before we even arrived there. "Yuk you farted!!" I said to Oresti, before learning that it was actually the sulphur in the air. Rotorua is a geothermal town and aswell as smelling the eggs, you can ... Read more >

Tags: city

New Zealand - Lake Brunner Fishing again - 21 - 23rd July

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 23 Jul 2012 | Views [739] | Comments [1]

We arrived at Lake Brunner in the afternoon and oresti got to work straight away fishing for food. I sat there reading my magazines that someone must have  left for me in Air Pacifics first class chairs and after a while, I decided to give fishing ... Read more >

Tags: fishing

New Zealand - Franz Josef Glacier - 20th July

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 21 Jul 2012 | Views [915]

We left Lake Hawea and were heading to Franz Josef Glacier. On our way we stopped off at the Blue Pools which was a pretty cool river with glacier water going through. Needless to say it was very cold to touch and was a lovely blue colour. As we were ... Read more >

Tags: trekking

New Zealand - Hawea lake Fishing 17-19th July

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 | Views [589]

After our strenuous walk up Mt Isthmus we headed to the nearby lake of Hawea.  Here was another beautiful forest campsite, with the lake in view from our camp spot.  The next couple of days were spent relaxing, enjoying the sun, and most importantly ... Read more >

Tags: fishing

New Zealand - Isthmus Peak at Wanaka Lake - 17th July

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 | Views [981]

Wanaka Lake It was along drive from Milford Sounds but after 350km we arrived at Wanaka Lake.  A magnificent lake, again surrounded but monstrous mountains providing the perfect backdrop.  We visited the information centre, identified good fishing areas ... Read more >

Tags: trekking

New Zealand - Milford Sounds - 14 to 16th July

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 16 Jul 2012 | Views [399]

We arrived in Te Anau and headed to the remote fiordland in the far south-west of the south island.  This region is one of the wettest places in the world and home to some unique marine life also.  Despite it's name, 'sound' is a misnomer given that ... Read more >

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New Zealand - Camping 12th July HAPPY FISHING

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 12 Jul 2012 | Views [485]

  Day5 Having stayed in Glentanner park for 2 nights, it was time to move on.  Crumpets and baked beans for breakfast, and off we went heading for Queenstown.  We stopped off occasionally to take in the magnificent views, the drive through mountains was ... Read more >

Tags: fishing

New Zealand - Camping 10th - 11th July

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | Views [799]

Day 3  We woke up after a freezing night and had the car heater on for about 20 mins before we began to thaw out.  The windows were frozen from the inside and we decided that we would stay in a campsite tonight so we could make use of the electric heater.... Read more >

Tags: camping

New Zealand - Camping 8th-9th July

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 9 Jul 2012 | Views [758]

NZ Day1 We approached NZ at 39,000 feet (according to the pilot rather than any skill in measuring altitude) and the skies were crystal clear.  Beneath us lay the monumentous southern alps of the south island and it was breathtaking.  Nothing gets ... Read more >

Tags: camping

Fiji - A quick bula! 5-8th July

FIJI | Sunday, 8 Jul 2012 | Views [632]

Bula! Bula!! We arrived into Fiji at about 1930 and having no accommodation booked, we followed a friendly looking lady to her office. She spent ages trying to find us accommodation for our 3 night stay but with arriving late, it meant the last boats ... Read more >

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