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Gallery: New Zealand - Wellington

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 2 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

New Zealand - Wellington
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Networking and notworking

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 2 Mar 2009 | Views [576]

Sylvia and Oii bade us farewell early on the Monday morning – their schedule only allowed them another 2 weeks for the whole of the South Island and they had an early ferry to Picton. Our journey 5 minutes up the street was shorter but we ... Read more >

Tags: apartment, carnival, concert, flood, rugby, work


Getting settled in Wellington

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | Views [750]

After 10 days in the car and sleeping in tents we were all quite glad to pull up to the Wellywood Backpackers in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. The monstrous pile of camping detritus that was crammed into the lift on the way up was positively ... Read more >

Tags: apartment, fire escape, hostel, museum


The Tongariro Alpine Crossing

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | Views [2030]

Continuing further South, Taupo with its enormous lake provided a pleasant spot for lunch and catching up with internet and suchlike. We needed to keep moving so we carried on towards Tongariro National park, stopping ... Read more >

Tags: camping, fire, trekking, volcano


Gallery: New Zealand - North Island

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 28 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

New Zealand - North Island
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Maori in Rotarua

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 27 Jan 2009 | Views [589]

The next day was the anniversary of the day Claire and I had met a year previously so we were determined to enjoy ourselves despite the gloomy mood of Sylvia and Oli's unsuccessful attempts to reconcile. We took the front seats, yanked up the music ... Read more >

Tags: camping, maori


A hot beach near Narnia - the Coromnadel

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 26 Jan 2009 | Views [3308] | Comments [1]

Our next destination was the Kauaeranga Valley in Coromandel Forest park where a clutch of DOC campsites are set in a forest environment. A long gravel road took us up from the modern but shut Info ... Read more >

Tags: beach, hot spring


Camping & Tramping around Northland

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 24 Jan 2009 | Views [1711]

We were all quite happy to pack up the next morning and pile into the car rental company's collection car. It took us out to near the airport and we picked up our green flash station wagon rental (MOT 26) with over ... Read more >

Tags: camping, forest, hot spring, rental car, wildlife


A slightly bizarre hostel in Auckland

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 20 Jan 2009 | Views [845]

The 16 th of January never happened as we crossed the international date line to New Zealand, the first “developed” country on the trip. The flight was pleasant (LAN are great) and Auckland airport was certainly ... Read more >

Tags: hostel


Santiago de Chile and leaving South America :o(

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 15 Jan 2009 | Views [922]

Teresa wanted us to stay for the whole time we were in Santiago, all of 3 days, but we couldn't accept any more hospitality, despite her insistence. We got a taxi to the centre – Teresa wouldn't let us go without giving Claire the woolen shawl and ... Read more >

Tags: cacho, chess, chilean football team, crab


Gallery: Chile - Santiago

CHILE | Thursday, 15 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

Chile - Santiago
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A drug bust and a random act of kindness on the way to Santiago

CHILE | Tuesday, 13 Jan 2009 | Views [719]

The challenges with our final South American journey, to Chile, began as we alighted the bus. Our seats, 9 and 10 were on different floors of the bus. It took a few minutes of confusion before someone with some common sense came along to sort out ... Read more >

Tags: drug bust, hospitality


Things start to go a bit pear shaped in Mendoza

ARGENTINA | Monday, 12 Jan 2009 | Views [1206]

A Bolivian approached us as we waited to get our bags off the bus, touting the “Life House Hostel” and promising free transport. We had been contemplating other places but we decided to go for a bit of randomness, seeing as we had never planned to ... Read more >

Tags: bike, blood, rain, storm


Gallery: Argentina - Mendoza

ARGENTINA | Monday, 12 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

Argentina - Mendoza
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Bingo-bus to Mendoza

ARGENTINA | Saturday, 10 Jan 2009 | Views [1232] | Comments [2]

I have already briefly described South American long distance buses as being quite luxurious and well equipped compared to many European bus journeys I've been on. We thought our last 12 hour plus journey in the continent deserved a blog of its own.... Read more >

Tags: bingo, bus


Gallery: Argentina - Bariloche

ARGENTINA | Saturday, 10 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

Bariloche
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Biking around Bariloche

ARGENTINA | Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | Views [781]

As it was high season we decided to book ahead in Bariloche and arranged to stay at a place a few km out of town (Alaska Hostel). We said our bon voyages to Aisling and Keith at the terminal and jumped on another ... Read more >

Tags: asado, biking, lakes


Hats off to El Bolson

ARGENTINA | Wednesday, 7 Jan 2009 | Views [1986] | Comments [1]

The first time I had heard of El Bolson was when a friend recounted a tale about a friend of hers when in Buenos Aires. It had been settled (if that's the right word) by a bunch of hippies in the late seventies ... Read more >

Tags: fair, hat, hippy, hostel, trekking


Gallery: Argentina - El Bolson

ARGENTINA | Monday, 5 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

Argentina - El Bolson
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Gallery: Argentina - Parque Nacional Las Alerces

ARGENTINA | Friday, 2 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

Argentina - Parque Nacional Las Alerces
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Gallery: Argentina - Puerto Madryn & Trelew

ARGENTINA | Friday, 2 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

Argentina - Puerto Madryn & Trelew
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New Years and Old trees: Esquel & Parque Nacional Las Alerces

ARGENTINA | Thursday, 1 Jan 2009 | Views [923]

The night journey across the continent towards Esquel was pleasant enough, although I thought I had left a bag containing all my gadgets behind. A man got on selling hand-made wooden rosary beads which I bought as a sort of superstitious insurance ... Read more >

Tags: fireworks, lake, mountain, party, trekking


Dinosaurs, black and white dolphins and Welsh tea in Trelew

ARGENTINA | Tuesday, 30 Dec 2008 | Views [1734] | Comments [1]

In 1852 a number of Welsh settlers arrived in Puerto Madryn and worked their way south and west before they got to the Chubut valley which they decided was the spot for them and promptly irrigated, We arrived in the heat of the mid afternoon ... Read more >

Tags: cake, mad people, museum, tea, wildlife


Gallery: Argentina - Buenos Aires

ARGENTINA | Saturday, 27 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery


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A Whale of a Christmas in Puerto Madryn

ARGENTINA | Friday, 26 Dec 2008 | Views [1583]

The bus was warm and smelt distinctlly of feet as we found our seats. It had been delayed for 2 hours and Retiro was packed with throngs of people heavily laden with Christmas miscellanea. Puerto Madryn, in Chubut province in Patagonia was 18 hours ... Read more >

Tags: christmas, fireworks, whale, wildlife


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