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My Long Awaited 'Round the World' Trip

Sorting out Visas in KL

MALAYSIA | Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | Views [465]

As I said previously, the main reason I was in KL this time was to get my Thai Visa sorted.  I got up at about 8/8.30 to have a drizzly shower (the water was still not fixed) before the shops got going and took all the water away which was not a major ... Read more >

The Real Taste of Asia as I Move on to Kuala Lumpur

MALAYSIA | Wednesday, 7 Jan 2009 | Views [687]

So the time had come for me to take leave of Singapore, as it really is just a city and an expensive one at that compared to the rest of SE Asia, & move on to Malaysia.  My initial plan was to head straight to Melaka but the Thai Visa regulations ... Read more >

Singapore - My First Stop in SE Asia

SINGAPORE | Tuesday, 6 Jan 2009 | Views [451]

Although really really long (22 hours) the trip from my hostel in Auckland to my hostel in Singapore via Brisbane was a pretty good trip.  As it was a day flight from Brisbane to Singapore, I was not desperate to sleep and managed to catch up on some ... Read more >

Back to Auckland & Operation Round the World Phase 2 Complete

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 3 Jan 2009 | Views [422]

With tears in my eyes & a lump in my throat, I boarded the ferry to cross the Cook Straight for the last time as everything was now all about last times in New Zealand.  I was feeling pretty nervous about my SE Asia leg as I would be on a plane flying ... Read more >

Christmas & New Year with Friends

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 1 Jan 2009 | Views [506]

I got back to Christchurch on the afternoon of the 23rd & got hold of Caren so that she could come and pick me up and take her to her brand new house that she & her husband had built and had moved into while I was travelling around New Zealand.... Read more >

Lake Tekapo - My Final Magical Destination

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 23 Dec 2008 | Views [410]

I awoke to another perfect day.  I think apart from diving with dolphins this stunning light blue lake with the idyllic Church of the Good Shepherd would have to be my favourite destination so far.  Animals aside it would definitely be my favourite destination.... Read more >

Queenstown to Lake Tekapo via Dunedin

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 21 Dec 2008 | Views [1933]

I said a fond farewell to Jessica as we left Queenstown bright (this does not refer to sunshine) and early in the morning.  We had a fair drive to Dunedin & for once there was not a whole lot to see so for the most part my fellow Magic travellers ... Read more >

Adventure Capital Queenstown

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 19 Dec 2008 | Views [470]

After our stunning journey to Milford Sounds & much consideration I decided that I was absolutely satisfied with my New Zealand journey so far & that I had done enough.  The availability of all the outdoor adventures could seriously boggle ones ... Read more >

Day Trip to the Magnificent Milford Sounds

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 18 Dec 2008 | Views [778]

Now this has certainly been the most worthy of an early morning get up on this trip.  Of course being a night owl and all, the before 7am wake up calls are always killers but if there is a truly magnificent journey to be enjoyed it does make it all worthwhile.... Read more >

From Franz Josef to Amazing Queenstown - Adventure Capital

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | Views [710]

 So this one was a really early start yaaaaawnnn hitting the road at 7.25 for our next stop at Wanaka where Jessica & I had decided to get off while the rest of our fellow magic people were continuing to Queenstown.  Needless to say after my little ... Read more >

Onwards & Upwards to the Fantastic Franz Joseph Glacier

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | Views [582]

We left Greymouth nice and early in the pissing rain to stop off at Lake Matteson which is the most stunning mirror lake which sadly was not worth even bothering with as there is nothing to see when it is raining so we just had coffee at a nice little ... Read more >

Nelson, the Awesome Abel Tasman & the Wonderful Journey Down to a Dreary Greymouth

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | Views [835] | Comments [1]

Ahhhhhhh the Abel Tasman National Park.  What a worthwhile journey that was.  We had a chilled night in Nelson getting some absolutely nyummy Hot Chocolate Pudding which I was immensely pleased to enjoy as it was totally egg free and sooooo delicious ... Read more >

Back to the South Island via Taupo & Wellington

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 12 Dec 2008 | Views [438]

The trip in the rain back to the beautiful Taupo on the shores of the massive crater lake that is the size of Singapore was short and sweet and we stopped yet again at the wonderful Huka falls (mentioned these on the trip up) on the Waikato River.  Fortunately ... Read more >

Heading Back South to Rotorua & a Maori Cultural Evening

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 9 Dec 2008 | Views [477]

After spending a lovely evening and sunny day with family friends in Auckland who took me on a mini tour of Auckland which included a stunning black sparkly volcanic beach (Auckland is the land of volcanoes and is overdue for an eruption) & a substantially ... Read more >

Paihia, The Bay of Islands & Cape Reinga

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 6 Dec 2008 | Views [487]

And so we leave Auckland again to head up to Paihia in the Bay of Islands for a trip to the top of New Zealand.  We had an early start as per usual and lucky for me a lovely Dutch girl by the name of Jessica was now doing the same journey as I was which ... Read more >

Pretty Coromandel Coast with a Little Tipple Thrown in.

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 2 Dec 2008 | Views [685]

We headed out of Auckland at the crack of dawn yet again for a trip to the Coromandel on a less than lovely day in this weird unpredictable weather land of New Zealand.  First stop was to the top of Mount Eden to have a little look at Auckland and I ... Read more >

Heading North to Auckland

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 30 Nov 2008 | Views [469]

Not as interesting on this leg although this being New Zealand - breath taking scenery is a guarantee on every single trip so there is no such thing as a boring trip here.  We left Wellington rather early in the morning with Mungu (my spelling could be ... Read more >

Swimming with Dolphins. WOW WOW WOW!

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 28 Nov 2008 | Views [566]

My oldest friend & two of her darling children dropped me off on a chilly Wednesday morning at the Magic stop at the crack of dawn to jump onto the hop on hop off to head up to Kaikura for Whale watching or Dolphin swimming options on the way to ... Read more >

Reconnecting in Christchurch

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 24 Nov 2008 | Views [523] | Comments [1]

How joyous to meet up with my childhood friend Caren Eccles now Constable.  We have been in and out of touch since we left Fairways primary and went to high schools far away from each other all the way through until she headed out this way in 1997 &... Read more >

Byron Bay & Operation Round the World Phase 1 Complete

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 20 Nov 2008 | Views [542]

And now for my final destination before hitting Brisbane and heading out the New Zealand.  Unfortunately the weather was pretty rubbish and it was certainly not condusive to much in Byron Bay.  However I did land up in a 9 bed mixed dorm with a cool ... Read more >

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