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Fox Glacier Ice Climbing

Fox Glacier Ice Climbing

I love rock climbing. My rapidly, prematurely ageing frame doesn’t necessarily love that I love rock climbing, but it’s still one of my favourite adventures! The challenge is a thrill, the technical aspect is exciting and beating a route either…

Fes: Lost in the Medina (Part 3 – exploration)

Fes: Lost in the Medina (Part 3 – exploration)

  This blog is a continuation of last week’s blog. Haven’t read the first bit? Catch it here! The second bit is here! Having spent a couple of hours investigating the tannery, we changed direction and headed deeper into the walled…

Fes: Lost in the Medina (Part 2 – Tannery)

Fes: Lost in the Medina (Part 2 – Tannery)

      This blog is a continuation of last week’s blog. Haven’t read the first bit? Catch it here!   The next morning, we enjoyed the first of many delicious Moroccan breakfasts in the courtyard as we planned the…

Fes: Lost in the Medina (Part 1 – Arrivals)

Fes: Lost in the Medina (Part 1 – Arrivals)

We arrived in Fes on our second day of driving around Morocco. The first day took us from the capital, Rabat, via the northern Port of Tangiers on the Mediterranean coast and south to the Blue City of Chefchaouen (you…

Essaouira – In Search of a Dream.

Essaouira – In Search of a Dream.

We expected a lot out of Morocco. The weight of expectation has built, for me, for over 20 years from the first time I imagined wandering through a crowded medina in Marrakesh. It has been so long since I began…

An American Musical Itinerary

An American Musical Itinerary

After any significant trip, I try to post an itinerary that reflects the journey we’ve taken. During our most recent sojourn to the United States of America, however, our main goal was to visit family, so an itinerary would lack…

Two by two in a city of blue

Two by two in a city of blue

If you have ever considered a trip to the North African country of Morocco, it is more than likely that you’ll have considered a trip to the mountainside town of Chefchaouen. It’s almost equally likely that, considering its remoteness from…

Investigating the Ivy League

Investigating the Ivy League

One reason (read: excuse) for the pathetic lack of consistency in my upkeep of this little blog project over the past year or so has been my other (or more aptly, actual) job. I spend much of my time pretending…

View from a Room/ Welcome to Hanoi

View from a Room/ Welcome to Hanoi

In the corner of the room, close to the window was an armchair. It was black, adorned with metal end-caps on the armrests, and a large pillow decorated with gold embroidery which was slightly too large to be useful. I…

Extra Cut! Huge Luge in Rotorua

Extra Cut! Huge Luge in Rotorua

Rotorua is known for its volcanic activity. It’s also become renowned for the quality mountain biking available right in the city. I don’t ride a mountain bike, so we tried the luge instead!

Guest Who

Guest Who

When it comes to accommodation, we as travelers, have a number of options for consideration. The obvious starting points are the traditional options; hotels, backpacking, and camping. More recently we’ve been offered accommodation share choices like Air BnB and couch…

Head in the Land of the Long White Clouds

Head in the Land of the Long White Clouds

I’ve explained my love of the Mackenzie Country in the Canterbury area of New Zealand’s South Island, but in so doing I glossed over a rather important landmark that sits in the northern corner of the region. Don’t worry though…

A Picture of Halong Bay

A Picture of Halong Bay

I have seen thousands of pictures of Halong Bay. It is one of the places I think almost every traveler considers at some point. Of all the ‘have you been’ conversations I’ve been a part, it has not only cropped…

Pies and Lodges in the Mackenzie Country

Pies and Lodges in the Mackenzie Country

VISTA: There are miles of roads like this all across the South Island There is a lot to love about New Zealand, and anyone who has spent any amount of time in The Land of the Long White Cloud (a…

New York is just a city?

New York is just a city?

New York City. It’s long been a holy grail for travelers. One might say it is the default capital of the world, but I’ve always harboured a suspicion that New York City is nothing more than – a city. Sure,…

Jealousy and Longing in the Middle East

Jealousy and Longing in the Middle East

I miss Egypt. Not just Egypt actually, but the Middle East in general. Forget the modern monoliths of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, what I yearn for is the excitement of exploration and the thrill of being set adrift…

Salt, Speed, and Utah – Bonneville Salt Flats

Salt, Speed, and Utah – Bonneville Salt Flats

Every couple of days, I walk out my back door; forsaking anything that normally catches my attention, and I sit in my tiny shed. I survey the table of parts that will one day become the bike that I have,…

Mirissa – Southern Sri Lankan Stopover

Mirissa – Southern Sri Lankan Stopover

“Can’t we just take a tuk-tuk?” I asked. “But the bus is cheaper.” It was the same discussion every time we travelled. I wanted comfort speed and a just a little legroom. Linh, on the other hand – at 5’1”…

Extra Cut! Snow Boarding in New Zealand

Extra Cut! Snow Boarding in New Zealand

It has been some time since my last post and during my hiatus, there have been plenty of adventures. They’ll be heading your way shortly, along with a few new stories from our past trips! To ease back into the…

Blowing through windy Wellington

Blowing through windy Wellington

New Zealand is a unique place, and when it comes to the nation’s capital – Wellington – that is true in fantastic style! One of the wettest, windiest places on the planet, New Zealand’s capital city lies nestled in the…

New Zealand: Rushing through the North Island

New Zealand: Rushing through the North Island

Three weeks is nowhere near long enough to spend touring New Zealand. This was a concept that was abundantly clear to us, long before we picked up our van in Auckland for the 20-day tour of the North and South…

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