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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+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+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+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+49: Life’s a Beach

T+49: Life’s a Beach

Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) So after leaving Phnom Penh, we arrived in Ho Chi Minh City (previously called Saigon, though both names are used interchangeably), and found ourselves on another pub crawl. A good night, but as is the case with travelling you can run into the same people you’ve met before at random times. So when we see someone come up to us going “I’ve seen you naked!” (referring to the time we went skinny dipping), it was a…

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T+32: Cambodia so far

T+32: Cambodia so far

So we’re half way through Cambodia now, currently chilling out at our hostel in Sihanoukville. So far its been so good – Claire favourite place so far, and a lot more has happened compared to Laos. Siem Reap Crossing the border into Cambodia was simple enough, $40 USD to do it. We also had to have our throats scanned with a laser to see if we had malaria or dengue fever. None of us did, so that was a relief….

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T+11: Kissed by an Elephant

T+11: Kissed by an Elephant

Chiang Mai (She-ang mai) Good morning, the train is broken. We’ve been stuck for 3 hours near Pha Lad volcano. I woke up thinking “wow, this train is smooth!”. Then I looked out the window. We ended up being 4 hours late into Chiang Mai, so our zipline adventure was postponed to the next day. But this was completely fine as it meant an extra few hours sleep.   The red section was where we were stuck for four hours!…

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T+8: Thai Time

T+8: Thai Time

First of all, please accept our apologies for the appalling grammar in the previous blog. We were both pretty exhausted. Pai After a few days in Chiang Mai (blog to come later) a number of people had recommended we took a trip to ‘Pai‘. On our way over we once again experienced something that I’m calling ‘Thai Time’ – which is that whatever amount of time someone says something will take, its a guarantee it will take at no less that that time, but…

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T-0: Thunderbirds are go!

T-0: Thunderbirds are go!

The day has finally arrived. We have got to Heathrow and we are ready to leave…. We have been verified by a number of countries (visas), stabbed in the arm countless times (vaccinations) and packed and repacked our bags thousands of times (travel light). So just before we go, here is a list of everything in ours bags. We’ve split some of the stuff we’re carrying, so Duncan is carrying all the sun screen, while Claire is carrying more of the medication, for example….

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T-5: Things we’ve learnt in the last month(ish)

T-5: Things we’ve learnt in the last month(ish)

So after finishing work at the beginning of July, we’ve been taking some time off to sort our lives out and get ready to go. While it sounds very relaxing taking a month off before going travelling, its been anything but! Running around seeing people, packing the flat up, cleaning, and various other little bits have eaten up almost all our time. Highlights of this period (for me) have got to be when we went punting in Cambridge for Claire’s birthday, climbing the…

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