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A Fun but Useless RTW Journal Watch me RTW in 2 days less than the maximum period I can leave NZ with my loan remaining interest free without spraining my ankle/losing all possessions/becoming a Hungarian farmer's wife. NZ - TX - Chile - Bolivia - Colombia etc

It's a short and leisurely walk to Hell but it takes some serious effort to get to Heaven...

TURKEY | Monday, 19 Dec 2011 | Views [2401]

For the third time in 24 hours we climbed onto a long distance bus, already desperately in need of a shower and exhausted. It started off well -  the conductor of the bus made the bus pull over in the middle of nowhere, panicking over our tickets, calling ... Read more >

Tags: asthma cave, chasm of hell and heaven, kizkalesi, maidens castle, mediterranean, mersin, narlikuyu, overnight bus, silifke, turkey

A short trip to Antakya

TURKEY | Friday, 9 Dec 2011 | Views [2918]

This is what overnight buses do to you. Overnight bus number 2 took us to Antakya, 55 miles from the Syrian border. Reading the guidebook, we were charmed by the writer's conviction that Antakya was the 'Jewel of the Mediterranean'. This was ... Read more >

Tags: antakya, archeological museum, bus, hatay, local transport, mosaics, sleep deprivation, turkey

Turkey through the eyes of the 18 year old, NZ version of Karl Pilkington: Istanbul and Cappadocia

TURKEY | Friday, 2 Dec 2011 | Views [1814]

And so I arrived in Istanbul, ready for three and a half weeks of backpacking with my 18 year old brother who - to put it gently - is a travel novice. He had arrived the day before me and in that 24 hour stretch had managed to get himself trapped ... Read more >

Tags: aga sofia, blue mosque, cappadocia, goreme, horse riding, istanbul, jackson, kaymakli, turkey, turkish tea

48 Hours in Montenegro: The time I watched Sex and the City in Serbian with a non pyjama owning man

MONTENEGRO | Monday, 14 Nov 2011 | Views [4869]

Last moments in Croatia with Alex On our last day on Croatian soil, Alex and I said our goodbyes at the bus station (which had seemed such a short distance by car but in the sweltering sun with heavy backpacks was a more arduous exercise) It's ... Read more >

Tags: border crossing, kotor, montenegro, podgorica, serbian

"It's not like I'm clinically depressed that we're in Bosnia..."

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA | Thursday, 10 Nov 2011 | Views [1433]

Despite our Croatian sojourn being Alex's last holiday before four years of intense PhD-ing in Organic Chemistry, we found ourselves getting up at the crack of dawn for a second day in a row to catch an early morning catamaran to Hvar. While ... Read more >

Tags: bosnia, cable car, camping, catamaran, croatia, dubrovnik, hvar, split, vira, yugoslavia

The VISdom of VISiting raVIShing VIS

CROATIA | Friday, 4 Nov 2011 | Views [2014]

Alex and I spent our first five minutes in Croatia bitching about how poor the ink quality was for Croatian entry stamps. Later on in the week, we became very bitter when we realised our time in Bosnia (observe map below to discover why we got a free ... Read more >

Tags: beach, croatia, dalmatia, island, military, split, sunrise, tito, vis, yugoslavia

Lazy Days ın England

UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 27 Oct 2011 | Views [1350]

Arriving 12 hours later than expected, I was relieved to see Alex at the arrivals lounge. Particularly so after the Bristol Customs team decided they had an inability to decide where New Zealand passports oculd be processed and ordered me to stand ... Read more >

Tags: billy elliot, bristol, england, london, manchester, reunion, united kingdom, x factor

A bit of Dali, a bit of Jewish history...and a bit of good old fashioned airport hell

SPAIN | Sunday, 23 Oct 2011 | Views [1212]

I had an absolutely delightful week in Barcelona - wandering around its streets, visiting the amzing fruit market and watching the Magic Fountain at night. It was all very civilised, going for walks dressed in skirts and put together outfits around ... Read more >

Tags: barcelona, catalonia, dali, figueres, girona, jewish history, ryanair, spain

"You'd thınk consıderıng how fuckıng old Europe ıs, ıt would have ıts shıt together by now"

SPAIN | Sunday, 16 Oct 2011 | Views [3246]

Leavıng Valencıa and ıts habıts of beıng covered ın water, wıne and tomatoes behınd us, Jordan and I bıd a sad goodbye to Krıssı, Josh and Damo, who had entertaıned us so much the last few days and hopped on a bus to Barcelona - Jordan's new home ... Read more >

Tags: arrival, barcelona, bus, hilarious, luggage, metro, spain, stairs

Shın Deep ın Tomatoes

SPAIN | Wednesday, 12 Oct 2011 | Views [2744]

One uneventful bus rıde later and we were ın Valencıa and faced wıth our next challenge: makıng our way to Puçol, where we would be campıng for the next 3 nıghts. Despıte plannıng for months to go to La Tomatına we had neglected to get around to ... Read more >

Tags: bunol, camping, festival, la tomatina, pucol, spain, tomatoes, valencia, water and wine festival

The jet lagged sufferer's guide to Madrid

SPAIN | Friday, 7 Oct 2011 | Views [1521]

Three months in South America seemed to have gone by in a blur when I was sitting in Bogota Airport. Sadly, the flight to leave South America felt like something close to 3 months despite being only 12 hours. One hellish flight later, I arrived ... Read more >

Tags: europe, jet lag, madrid, rowing. bus, spain

Last Days in Colombia: The End of Team Beatrice

COLOMBIA | Saturday, 1 Oct 2011 | Views [1489]

The next morning, Bea and I headed back on the boat to Turbo, along with our new friend from Miami who had blindingly white teeth. Disappointingly the weather was fine and the sea calm, so no exciting ocean adventures with the threat of death ... Read more >

Tags: bogota, colombia, couchsurfing, long day, on the road, reflections

From Patagonia to Panama

PANAMA | Wednesday, 28 Sep 2011 | Views [2065]

Arriving at Capurgana Port, we were soggy, high on adrenaline and exhausted from our two day traveling stint to get there. Deposited in the middle of nowhere (a familiar feeling by now for Team Beatrice) we were ready for some relaxation. Ladden down ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, capurgana, caribbean, colombia, hiking, la miel, panama, sapzurro

The hellish, exhausting and utterly entertaining road to Capurgana

COLOMBIA | Tuesday, 20 Sep 2011 | Views [2863]

The end was nigh. Bea and I's flights from Bogota to Europe loomed over us. We decided to go out with a bang and finish our Colombian adventures in the Darien Gap. The Darien Gap is the link between South America and Central America, and this thin ... Read more >

Tags: capurgana, long day, monteria, potholes, salsa, sapzurro, turbo

Mud Volcanoes and Midnight Swims - Cartagena II and Playa Blanca

COLOMBIA | Thursday, 15 Sep 2011 | Views [3413]

After our rain soaked experience the day before, we decided to spend the following day covering ourselves in another substance: mud! Helen and I had been eagerly anticipating the Volcan de Lodo El Totumo since reading about it back in Leticia, but ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, cartagena, colombia, hammocks, midnight swim, mud volcano, playa blanca

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