T+147: Meri Kirihimete!

T+147: Meri Kirihimete!

Christmas day was lovely. Not much to say about it, so here’s some pictures (though I will say that having a BBQ on Christmas day was pretty weird!) – Wellington We spent a fair bit of time indoors here – its called windy Wellington for a reason! We went to the Te Papa museum which had a Gallipoli memorial section. They had these large sculptures of some people who had fought there which were done by Weta Workshop – the same people who…

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T+142: I think I’m quite ready for another adventure

T+142: I think I’m quite ready for another adventure

So as you can see from the last blog, Duncan and I arrived in style to Christchurch. My aunt Theresa and cousin Paige arrived at the airport to find Duncan and I sitting on the floor, bags unpacked and everything covered in wine…. bit of a shame as it was a gorgeous bottle. However the best bit about the whole situation was our conversation with our airline. Duncan: Your baggage crew broke our bottle, the bag had a fragile sticker…

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T+136: 2000 miles later

T+136: 2000 miles later

So after 2214 miles we’re finally saying goodbye to our Spaceship and heading to the north island. Its been fun, so heres what we’ve been up to for the second half of our journey around the South Island. . Franz Josef So after leaving the over crowded campsite we made our way to Franz Josef town itself. Had to leave early (we got caught out in Milford Sound so didn’t fancy missing this, especially with the cost of it), so…

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T+118: Wales on Steroids

T+118: Wales on Steroids

Firstly, on behalf of all tourists I would like to apologies to the local kiwis – we aren’t all this bad at driving. I have had people go 40 KPH in 100 KPH zones, people park on bends, and people swerving off the road and straight back on without looking countless times. If I am getting this frustrated I do truly feel for the locals.   Christchurch After our ‘luxury’ flight from Sydney (we flew Virgin when normally flying Jetstar) we…

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T+112: Down Under

T+112: Down Under

Only Claire could get food poisoning from her last meal on her last day is Asia. Our plans in Australia came to a halt quite early on with a few trips to the 24 hour clinic to figure out what was wrong with Claire. After dosing up on 6 antibiotics in one go, and a further weeks supply, she was feeling fine and back to normal. We had to drop out Byron Bay from our schedule, but luckily we only…

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T+97: Crème brûlée (krem brulay)

T+97: Crème brûlée (krem brulay)

  Robert’s blog   For those who do not know me, I am Claire-Marie’s brother (I’ll refer to her as CM) who just spent a week off at Uni to go visit my sister and Duncan, and to have a great time in Bali. I have never written a blog, so I hope this is still as interesting and informative to read as CM and Duncan’s blogs!     Legian So after a 19 hour flight with a 2 hour…

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T+86: Sun, Sea and Subwings

T+86: Sun, Sea and Subwings

After our night boat and plane journey you would have hoped the next bit would have been an easy journey, however unfortunately not! When we arrived in Bali we were greeted by two things – ripoff airport taxis and uninsured dodgy taxis. This was the time we realised our public transport usage was not over. Luckily I had done a bit of research and the best way out of the airport was to head up to arrivals and grab a…

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T+79: Sleep is for the weak

T+79: Sleep is for the weak

So travelling from Hanoi to Bangkok was interesting. We took a taxi, a bus, a plane, a train, a boat, a tuktuk, and with plenty of walking meant we took 7 forms of transport in one day! Excluding the cost of flights, it cost us around £4.5 each to get from Hanoi to Bangkok. It’s also much warmer this far south compared to Hanoi! Bangkok is a quick stop for us to catch up on the stuff we didn’t have…

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T+68: Goodnight Vietnam

T+68: Goodnight Vietnam

After 61 days of travel, Duncan and I are once again on our own, goodbye Stray Asia. While the tour had pros and cons, overall we are both very happy we booked it. Not only did it calm my slightly panicked mind before we left, it helped us meet some fantastic people. Our trip around Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam wouldn’t have been the same! Nimh Binh After Phong Nha, we went to another small place called Nimh Binh. Despite the…

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T+58: Ôi chúa ơi

T+58: Ôi chúa ơi

Not only are we almost at the end of Vietnam, we are almost at the end of our tour with ‘Stray Asia’. I cannot believe we have been travelling for 2 months. The experiences we have had and the people we have met have been almost unbelievable and we wouldn’t change any of it for the world. Saying all this, we still have 3-4 months left to go…. Ôi chúa ơi! Even better the further we go along our trip the…

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