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World on a Shoestring A beginnger's guide to traveling around the world...as written by beginners...

Cairns Can!

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 8 Apr 2007 | Views [2222]

Whoever lost paradise, no worries, we found it.  I'm not sure where you lost track of it, but we found it on the northeast coast of Queensland.  And, since it didn't have any tags or a contact number, we've adopted it as our own. The recipe for ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine

Gallery: Australia

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 28 Mar 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Disney's Lies Revealed!!

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 28 Mar 2007 | Views [2269] | Comments [2]

After so many years of naive acceptance of Disney's claims that its theme parks are the "Happiest Place on Earth", Gen and I have uncovered the truth.  After wandering, by chance, into the Elizabeth Hostel in Melbourne, we discovered, and ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

Cyclone JakeandGenny

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 26 Mar 2007 | Views [1133] | Comments [2]

Touchdown OZ!!  We still haven't figured out why they call Australia OZ, but here's what we think:  Australia became Aussie became OZ...that's the best pedigree we can come up with; anything we learn from here, we'll keep you posted. Since the end ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

To Every Season...

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 23 Mar 2007 | Views [799]

Turn, Turn, Turn... Just as the seasons have changed down here in the South Pacific, so too has our country.  As summer becomes fall, we go from Kiwis to Aussies.  In New Zealand, summer becomes fall like a light goes from on to off.  There's no seasonal ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

All Work and Some Play...

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 20 Mar 2007 | Views [1941] | Comments [1]

We won't be going insane and hunting each other through a huge hedge maze, but... Short on dough and long on time, Genny and I found ourselves in New Zealand's largest city (though not the capital) with no capital.  Well, not NO capital, but our funds ... Read more >

Tags: Work

OK in AK '07

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 19 Mar 2007 | Views [2044]

Fortune smiles upon us once again, and we've spent our last two weeks in Auckland during a festival celebrating culture, music, dance, art, and cinema worldwide.  Choose a day at random and walk the streets of Auckland and you'll come across people ... Read more >

Tags: People

A Traditional Spanish St. Patrick's Day

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 19 Mar 2007 | Views [4444] | Comments [4]

What, you ask, is this?  Well, have no fear, for we are here to satisfy your naive curiousity... When far from their homes and unable to celebrate the traditional Spanish holiday of St. Patrick's day with family , the only thing left to do is drink ... Read more >

Tags: Party time

Rugby: a study in athletic convicitions

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 12 Mar 2007 | Views [2217] | Comments [6]

We've got Football (they call it Gridiron).  We've got Baseball.  We've got Hockey.  They've got Football (we call it Soccer).  They've got Rugby.  They've got cricket (what is this??). Now, Gen and I were fortunate (read:  spent the money) ... Read more >

Tags: Party time

Mad Thai

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 12 Mar 2007 | Views [2168]

Can happiness be sold as a noodle dish?  If you ask us, yes, yes it can be.  In fact, it doesn't take much.  Some peanuts.  Some veges.  Some chicken and Tofu.  Voila, you've got Pad Thai.  But, not just any Pad Thai will do.  Hidden in the heart of ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating


NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 9 Mar 2007 | Views [1428] | Comments [3]

We quit the bus, cold turkey.  After a grueling 9 hour ride from Queenstown to Christchurch, with less leg room than the back seat of a Miata, and staring down the barrel of two more ten hour rides, PLUS a ferry ride (which gives Jake night terrors), ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 5 Mar 2007 | Views [914] | Comments [1]

Just wanted to give a heads up to those keeping tabs on this blog:  be sure to check out our pictures from New Zealand as we've just updated the database with about 200 pics!  They're sort of mismatched, but you'll be able to recognize a few of the places ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

World famous...in New Zealand? FERGBURGER

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 4 Mar 2007 | Views [12614] | Comments [9]

There's a clever little expression, birthed by L&P, a popular (and tasty) native NZ drink, that goes like this:  "World Famous in New Zealand" Now, you and I both know that this expression makes no sense.  But 'round these parts, it works.... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

Forging Ahead

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 1 Mar 2007 | Views [2222] | Comments [4]

Lamb and Tuna Fish Plaids and Stripes Milk and Beer George Bush and Thinking Knives and Moonshine Each of these is an example of things that when combined, do not mesh well.  In all honestly, these things should be banned and legally kept at least ... Read more >

Tags: People

Abel Tasmaniacs

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 24 Feb 2007 | Views [2094] | Comments [8]

When was the last time you spent four days carrying around 50 kilos on your back, camped under the stars and hiked 51 kilometers?  Not recently?  Well, for us it was less than a week ago. New Zealand has multi-day tramping tracks throughout the country ... Read more >

Tags: Misadventures

Crossing Tongariro

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 24 Feb 2007 | Views [1048]

  The epic country of New Zealand sits smack dab on the Pacific Ring of Fire, which is a ring of volcanoes around the pacific ocean.  One of these volcanoes sits in a town called National Park on the North Island.  Passing between this volcano and ... Read more >

Tags: Mountains

Kia Ora!

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 22 Feb 2007 | Views [773]

What to say, what to say?  We've done tons since last I posted, so let's try and sum it up a bit, shal we?  Let's see if i can't give you a peak of things to come.  Once I find a viable USB port, we'll post some pics, too. Since last we spoke, we've ... Read more >

Tags: Friends

Vege-mighty BAD!!

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 11 Feb 2007 | Views [975] | Comments [4]

There's a plague running rampant throughout the world that hasn't yet scourged the American plains.  This nasty pest is a yeast-extract spread that so many Australians and Kiwis refer to as Vegemite.  In the UK, I believe they call it Marmite, but if ... Read more >

Tags: I should have known better!

Gallery: New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 11 Feb 2007 | Photo Gallery

Kiwi Adventures
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A fortunate SNAFU

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 11 Feb 2007 | Views [1124] | Comments [2]

With one day down on our round-the-world tour, we started our second day with high hopes for what our future tour of "New Zild" held.   In the early morning hours of the day, as native Kiwis made their way to work (none dressed nicer than ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

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