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The Big O.E An epic adventure across the world, backpacker style :)

Home Sweet Home

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 30 Oct 2008 | Views [775]

Things that struck us about New Zealand: - how clean the toilets are! Westfield Albany's toilets are like a palace! - how easy it is to do things! ASB is the most wonderful bank on the planet. - you can just buy a car! Pay money, get a car. - everything ... Read more >

Camping in a tropical paradise

FRENCH POLYNESIA | Thursday, 9 Oct 2008 | Views [1695]

Imagine watching the sun set over a picture postcard lagoon, then waking up to the lapping of waves on a perfect tropical white sand beach, complete with coconut palms leaning precariously out over the lagoon. Welcome to camping on the French Polynesian ... Read more >

London to New York

USA | Tuesday, 30 Sep 2008 | Views [740]

Our last time in London for a while, so we crammed in as much as we could! We spent some time with the Bennetts in Putney and our friends in Wapping. Their baby John has grown up so much since we met him as a six month old, and now he's walking and talking ... Read more >

End of Another Chapter

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 24 Sep 2008 | Views [721]

Our UK summer is at an end... not that they really have a 'summer' in the UK. But eleven weeks later, our work at Kings Manor is over. We'll miss the beautiful Isle of Wight, the free flowing wine, top quality meat and organic vegetables. And the gorgeous ... Read more >

Back to Work

UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 2 Aug 2008 | Views [614]

Back in England it took at least a week to get back into the habit of flushing the toilet paper down the toilet. And it just seemed so cold - not real summer! But it was nice to be able to do stuff without sweating all day. We had a super stressful ... Read more >

Gallery: Turkey

TURKEY | Friday, 18 Jul 2008 | Photo Gallery

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GREECE | Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | Views [1238]

What a view to arrive to. The streets buzzing with people dining al fresco and the Acropolis lit up under floodlights overhead. Now to find somewhere cheap to stay... yeah right. At 10pm after a day of travel we didn't really have a lot of choice or ... Read more >

Greek Island Hopping

GREECE | Thursday, 3 Jul 2008 | Views [1428]

All we wanted was a gorgeous Greek island that wasn't swamped with tourists in July. A tall order, but we had it on good authority that Amorgos was the place to go. However, just getting there from Turkey proved to be quite the journey in itself. The ... Read more >

Olympos and Blue Cruise

TURKEY | Saturday, 28 Jun 2008 | Views [1567]

After five weeks of full on travelling it was time to put our feet up, chill out and recharge for a bit. A cute wee hut nestled in the middle of an orange orchard, in Olympos on Turkey's south coast sounded like just the ticket. So, uncharacteristically ... Read more >

Selcuk and Pamukkale

TURKEY | Sunday, 22 Jun 2008 | Views [1985]

By the time we arrived in Selcuk, we'd spent 21 of the last 40 hours on busses. And we still love each other :) Even though our bus activities had deteriorated as far as making wordfinds for each other to ease the boredom... The best food in this part ... Read more >


TURKEY | Friday, 20 Jun 2008 | Views [2352]

James: Beautiful and sobering would be the words that I would use to sum up our visit to the WWI Gallipoli battle grounds. Despite having experienced 27 ANZAC days, I didn't know the full meaning and the significance of what what happened on the Gallipoli ... Read more >


TURKEY | Sunday, 15 Jun 2008 | Views [878]

Ok, so I have some ground to make up here! This is my impression of Istanbul six weeks after we were there, written from my comfy bed in an English manor house. Luckily, the geek in me kept a diary during our travels, so at least some of it will be authentic ... Read more >

It's cool to live in a cave

TURKEY | Thursday, 12 Jun 2008 | Views [2509]

Wow, what a difference a few metres can make. Crossing from Syria into Turkey is like stepping into another world. Bam! Everything is cleaner and newer. The dress code is much more relaxed. The fields of crops are more uniform. Call to prayer at 4:30 ... Read more >

Crac des Chevaliers

SYRIA | Wednesday, 11 Jun 2008 | Views [1325]

Crac des Chevaliers is a Crusader castle. And being in Syria it doesn't get overly many tourists. Which is great because you can wander round the place almost by yourself. Until the Scouts show up! I think I remember the Syrian Scouts more than the castle ... Read more >

Middle East Musings

SYRIA | Sunday, 8 Jun 2008 | Views [1233]

I started writing about Petra so many times and just found that it was way too hard to explain. It's an amazing site and I think we'll just try and put on some photos to show you what we mean! Same goes for the vast desert landscape at Wadi Rum. It was ... Read more >

Salaam Syria

SYRIA | Friday, 6 Jun 2008 | Views [1009]

They reckon that people have been living in Damascus continually for over 8000 years. That's more than eleven times longer than there has been people living in New Zealand! After Jordan, Damascus was a bit chaotic which took us a bit by surprise. ... Read more >

Floating around in the Dead Sea

JORDAN | Monday, 2 Jun 2008 | Views [7637]

Swimming in the Dead Sea (at more than 410m below sea level, the lowest point on the surface of the earth) is a totally bizarre experience. For a start, as you get in the water feels all oily on your skin. Wade in up to your chest and the water forces ... Read more >

Fantastic Petra

JORDAN | Sunday, 1 Jun 2008 | Views [3333] | Comments [1]

Recently voted one of the seven new wonders of the world, star location for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and one of my two non-negotiable 'must see' sights on our global trip, the Nabatean city of Petra had a lot to live up to. It certainly didn't ... Read more >

Into Jordan - Wadi Rum

JORDAN | Thursday, 29 May 2008 | Views [984]

After legging it up Mt Sinai it was great to chill out at our seaside camp at Nuweiba on the gulf of Aqaba the next day. The snorkelling was pretty nice with stacks of lionfish and morays hanging around. You know the diving is pretty second rate though ... Read more >

Pyramids and Mt Sinai

EGYPT | Sunday, 25 May 2008 | Views [1929]

How exciting! We got to see the pyramids in real life! And we marvelled at how they could possibly have been built, and how they have lasted thousands of years of sun and wind and sand. Just amazing. From the outside. Going inside is like crawling ... Read more >

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