Hamburg Speicherstadt river buildings 0

24 HOURS IN HAMBURG

“We should do something this weekend.” The statement hung in the air for a moment. It was nine o’clock on Saturday morning and we were eating breakfast. “Tomorrow we could go to the beach, though...

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2017 ROUND UP

What a year!! 2017 will go down as one of the best years of my life. I’m not saying that because I’m getting older and I feel like I have to convince myself that...

soaring moa batdown 0

THE RULES TO BATDOWN

As children in New Zealand we played Batdown throughout summer. As is usually the case with backyard games, people have their own variations on the rules, so there was always a lot of arguing....

Pyramid of light at Alexanderplatz

THE BERLIN CHRISTMAS MARKET GLÜHWEIN CRAWL

As a Kiwi, Christmas means hot days at the beach swimming and surfing, and long afternoon BBQs. It means blooming pohutukawa trees and screaming seagulls, greasy sunscreen and crusty salt from the sea. Christmas...

Beach Realxing Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

GILI TRAWANGAN

I’m on board a ferry to Gili Trawangan listening to the crew leader explain the details of the fast boat. I always try to pay attention to the safety briefings. Partly from a suffocating...

Balinese spear dance Baris Biasa

TRAVELLING TO BALI

Indonesia is the fourth most populous country. It has 300 different ethnic groups speaking over 740 different languages and dialects. It has over seventeen thousand islands across nearly two million km2. Yet for all...

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand

MY LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH QUEENSTOWN

Queenstown is the tourist hub of New Zealand’s South Island. A lot of visitors to New Zealand pass through, or base themselves here while travelling through Otago and Canterbury. It is beautiful and interesting, with a lot of things to do. So why do I not like it very much?

driving in the fog. New Zealand. Headlights truck

DRIVING AROUND NEW ZEALAND

A lot of people hit New Zealand roads every year. Many of them aren’t prepared and don’t know what to expect. Here’s a few helpful hints I have been thinking about while I was driving around this great country.