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Month: November 2013

It’s My Life: Fox Glacier and Queenstown

It’s My Life: Fox Glacier and Queenstown

Wednesday 27th November We drove through the centre of Christchurch and saw what remained of the Cathedral and the Central Business District on our way to pick up a new person. Our first stop outside of Christchurch was a small settlement called Arthur’s Pass the highest altitude settlement in New Zealand and close to the pass of the same name. There was a Kea (a bird that looked like a fat parrot) walking around the village and he/she was the…

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November Rain: Nelson to Christchurch

November Rain: Nelson to Christchurch

Sunday 24th November The approach to the South Island through the Marlborough Sounds was truly beautiful and so I made my way to the top deck. It looked calm from the comfort of our private lounge but I was nearly knocked off my feet by the wind. Once mother nature realised I was to heavy she attempted to take my bag off my shoulder and very nearly succeeded before giving up entirety. The scene then became rather peaceful before the…

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Eye of the Tiger – Taupo, Tongariro and Wellington

Eye of the Tiger – Taupo, Tongariro and Wellington

Thursday 21st November After leaving the village we made our way to the Huka Waterfalls on the Waikato river. The word Hukanui in Maori means Great Body of Spray and whilst it was a fairly small waterfall compared to some I’ve seen it was certainly producing its fair share. Unfortunately just as we got to the lookout viewing platform it started to rain so after a few quick pictures I had to run to get back on the bus. Our…

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Don’t Stop Me Now: Return to Rotorua

Don’t Stop Me Now: Return to Rotorua

Monday 18th November The day didn’t get off to the best of starts because during the night I had been in contact with my dad about the moneycorp card issue. Not only was it still not possible for me to load the moneycorp card but because I hadn’t really been using my new credit card I’d forgotten the pin to that which only really left the expensive debit card. I waved the coach off from the hostel in Rotorua and…

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Adiemus – Geyserland Tour

Adiemus – Geyserland Tour

Thursday 14th November I won’t go in to details about the flight except to say whilst I’d tried to be polite and to charm the staff at the check in desk my attempts not only proved unsuccessful but downright backfired. I’d politely asked for a window seat but when I boarded I realised I’d been given a seat right in the middle of the plane towards the back. With 2 people either side I think most would agree these seats…

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Fake Plastic Trees – Kuala Lumpur

Fake Plastic Trees – Kuala Lumpur

Monday 11th November I made sure I got to the airport with plenty of time to spare because the last thing I wanted to do was to encounter any unexpected problems resulting in me losing one of my nights of much needed luxury in Kuala Lumpur. Arriving at the airport a middle aged man from South Africa started a conversation with me because I suppose I looked like someone he’d have more chance of engaging with compared to our fellow…

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To the End – Beijing

To the End – Beijing

Thursday 7th November As we said goodbye to Odka and boarded our final train at around 7am I (we) knew that this stage of our journey was coming to a close. For all of us except Sara it was the beginning of something longer and before I go further I want to say this: Guys i don’t want to get all mushy about it but if the people I meet in New Zealand in a weeks time are half as…

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All Right Now – Mongolia

All Right Now – Mongolia

Monday 4th November continued… We were finally out of Russia. Kind of. Technically we weren’t in Mongolia either and the two attendants on our carriage were still the stern faced sterotypical Russian ladies Elena had warned us about in Moscow a week earlier. Sometimes a country grows on you but for me and I think I can safely say the majority of us that wasn’t the case, though looking back at the pictures I certainly had some memorable moments. Russia…

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The Masterplan – Lake Baikal

The Masterplan – Lake Baikal

Saturday 2nd November The final nights sleep on the train was pretty terrible. I’m not sure what caused this but there had been a number of changes to the timezone and i think the school kids were staying in Moscow time and staying up late as a result. it didn’t help that after 3 days of waking up at 11am or whenever we liked we now had to be up at 7am. I also think we were all relieved that…

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The Day we Caught the Train – 4 days on a Train

The Day we Caught the Train – 4 days on a Train

Tuesday 29th October The race was on. Had I been on my own I’d have been at the station at the time we left the Kremlin. Most of the group agreed they’d have done the same. The mission ahead looked impossible. Elena our Honcho was stepping up the gears, and we were expected to run up the metro escalators. This was a sign that she was also starting to panic. We got to the hostel grabbed our bags and left….

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