So long, and thanks for all the fish

So long, and thanks for all the fish

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Apr 13, 2013
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Exactly a year ago today I left, on a jet plane, not entirely sure when I’d be back again. Several thousand photographs and sixty plus blog updates later it’s time to draw my year of amazing adventures to a close. Over the last few days a number of people have asked me what has been ...

Ice ice baby

Ice ice baby

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Apr 9, 2013
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I’ve had a whole range of border crossings this last year, from several hours getting out of Cambodia – because we declined the option of a fast track ‘fee’ to the guy manning the barriers – to a helpful chat about the best places to visit in Canada (it’s definitely a tie between the Kiwis ...

Four seasons in one day

Four seasons in one day

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Apr 5, 2013
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I never intended to visit Patagonia. A mid-trip decision to change plans – allowing me to fit in a spur of the moment yoga teacher qualification – left me with insufficient time to visit Peru and trek the Macchu Picchu trail. Whilst this meant that the altitude sickness medication (scored by a bit of elbow ...

Where are the Andes?*
In Chile

Where are the Andes?*

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Mar 29, 2013
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I wonder how many Santiagos there are in the world? Maybe my next trip should be a quest to take in every single one? I reckon I’d prefer that to a tour of all the Stockports on the planet. For reasonably adventurous parents, Stockport really wasn’t the most glamourous place they could have chosen for ...

Cry me a river

Cry me a river

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Mar 24, 2013
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According to Maori legend the Franz Josef glacier, which forms part of a wider UNESCO world heritage site, was formed from the frozen tears of a maiden called Hinehukatere, who cried for the man she loved and who had died after she’d goaded him into climbing her beloved mountains with her. Turns out he wasn’t ...

Good things come to those that ask

Good things come to those that ask

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Mar 20, 2013
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I was about to tell you all of my South Island adventures but I’ve come over a bit giddy. It’s fascinating how you can say five words* to a total stranger and find yourself inexplicably drawn to them. And now, instead of concentrating on an amusing story to tell you, all that I can think ...

Battle of the bean alchemists

Battle of the bean alchemists

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Mar 16, 2013
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Wellington is, by reputation, one of the most laid back capitals in the world. It must be one of the smallest, too. Positively pocket-sized, it still manages to cram in a decent number of cafés, especially along hipster hang out Cuba Street – where I’ve spent most of my daytimes, busy sketching out colourful mind ...

That’s what it’s all about

That’s what it’s all about

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Mar 12, 2013
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Right! I’m a woman on a mission to catch up (again, yawn) on my travels. Focused and in the zone (well in Wellington’s public library actually). Here are the top seven stand out memories of my trip down New Zealand’s North Island:   1.The magical glow worms at Waitomo Caves Waitomo is the Maori for ...

Cameron’s close shave

Cameron’s close shave

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Mar 8, 2013
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There are some things you really shouldn’t do at university, especially at one of the more traditional redbrick establishments. Like turn up to lectures in your Dawson’s Bakery uniform (unless white apron dresses smeared with sausage roll crumbs are now hot, of course), thereby ruining all chance of scoring with the posh boys down the ...

Kia ora my precious!

Kia ora my precious!

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Mar 3, 2013
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With every single day that passes, I’m getting more and more excited – almost impatient now – about starting up my new yoga business, Asha Yoga. Like the sensible person I sometimes am, I have been doing a spot of research in between all the oohing and aahing, including scanning various ‘how to’ guides on ...

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