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Month: December 2013

Do they know it’s Christmas? Bondi Beach

Do they know it’s Christmas? Bondi Beach

Sunday 22nd December Since being in that dark place I experienced on my arrival in Moscow when I really had no idea how to read any of the signs let alone understand how to get to my hostel, using public transport has got easier. Admittedly that is because in New Zealand and Australia I can speak and read the language (for the record I speak “perfect English” according to various Germans I have met). Therefore the train to Bondi Junction…

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Walk of Life: Tasmania (Part Two)

Walk of Life: Tasmania (Part Two)

Sometimes in the course of my travels a relatively minor event will occur that i intend to include but which I forget about when it comes to writing the blog (even though I try to keep daily notes). Part of the reason I decided to write this was because I wanted to keep a record of my travels so that once I’m back in the UK I can try and use it to remind myself of how I felt at…

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More Than a Feeling: Tasmania (Part One)

More Than a Feeling: Tasmania (Part One)

Monday 16th December I had booked the tour through Topdeck but the operator was Under Down Under and the first part of the morning was spent travelling through Hobart picking up different people. There had initially been 4 of us in the YHA and by the time we left for Strahan our numbers had swelled to 20. The bus was a little bit cramped but with people from all over the world including Argentina, Israel, USA, Vietnam, Japan, Hong Kong…

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Feeling A Moment: Melbourne

Feeling A Moment: Melbourne

Friday 13th December Having said goodbye to those on the tour I had a busy couple of hours ahead. I had spent a lot of time thinking about what i wanted to do in Melbourne but realised I hadn’t actually booked anything. First I tried the Neighbours tour – yes I was prepared to pay to be shown round Ramsey Street. Unfortunately (or fortunately if you think it would have been a waste of money) all the tours that weekend…

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Bat out of Hell: The Great Alpine Way

Bat out of Hell: The Great Alpine Way

Wednesday 11th December 2013 (11/12/13) I had an early hostel pick up and when i got to the mini bus I realised it would be a small group with only 6 other travellers. To me this was a good thing because as it was only a short 3 day trip it would be easier to get to know each other. However aside from the tour guide I was the only person who spoke English as my first language with 2…

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Upside Down: Down Under in Sydney

Upside Down: Down Under in Sydney

Friday 6th December Landing in Sydney my feelings this time were different to three years ago. Back then it had felt slightly overwhelming landing in a city that was so far away from the UK especially as it had been my first trip alone outside of Europe, and a very long flight. This time I almost felt like I’d arrived back home (don’t worry I am coming back!) The hostel was in the centre of the city opposite the Central…

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Final Countdown: Bay Of Islands

Final Countdown: Bay Of Islands

Wednesday 4th December I’d checked the pickup time the evening before and it said 7.30am but I had a gut feeling that I should arrive early just in case. When I was woken by one of those in the room at 6.10am (20 minutes before the alarm) I decided to get ready. I left the hostel at 6.50am with the intention of getting a drink and using the free McDonald’s WiFi but could already see a small crowd at the…

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Everybody Hurts: Christchurch

Everybody Hurts: Christchurch

Tuesday 3rd December My accommodation in Christchurch was the old jail house – part of the old jail that had been preserved and was now used as a hostel. The owners had made an effort to keep to the theme but walking up the stairs to the second level and opening the big heavy cell door I was relieved to see the beds were at least more than a mattress on the floor. I also discovered I was in a…

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Earth Song: Milford Sound, Lake Ohau and Mt Cook

Earth Song: Milford Sound, Lake Ohau and Mt Cook

Saturday 30th November We said goodbye to 10 people at Queenstown and as the coach departed it felt rather empty as we began our journey to Milford Sound. Our first stop at lunch was to the small town of Te Anau which was our last opportunity to have contact with the outside world before entering the Fiordland National Park. I hadn’t really read or seen any pictures about this part of the trip so didn’t have any real expectations except…

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