We are a couple from Toronto, Canada who would like to share our travels, experiences, and adventures.
We recently spent the better part of a year travelling through Japan, Korea, South East Asia, and New Zealand and had the time of our lives! Feel free to read about our adventures and if you are heading over to that part of the world, or to Canada, we would be happy to answer any inquiries.
Our travels have opened our eyes and broadened our horizons to the many different and amazing cultures that share this world, and we are eager to continue to explore what else is out there. Only time will tell where our next adventure will bring us. Stay tuned.....
August 15th 2009
Our Asian and New Zealand Adventure has reached its end, although we're still in denial that it even happened in the first place! Here is a breakdown of how we spent our last few weeks of “vacation”. Kuta, Bali - Indonesia Kuta beach in Bali is known for it's world class surf, and it's non-stop night life atmosphere. Throw in the fact that you can live like kings and queens for dollars a day and it's no wonder it is extremely popular among backpackers and vacationers alike (yes, there is a big difference) as the go-to destination of Indonesia. Because of its proximity to Australia, Bali tends to be the Aus equivalent of heading to the caribbean for a short but sweet package vacation where usually the main focus tends to be more about how ... read more
July 24th 2009
….The edge of an active volcano that is! While in Borneo we got word of a volcano that had recently errupted in Indonesia, and was continuing to spew ash and lava. Even more exciting was knowing that there was an opportunity to hike up the volcano adjacent to it to have a front row seat for the erruptions! We spent a few days relaxing on the beaches of Kuta, Bali and then met up with Sandro and Lisa-Marie: a couple we had met in Thailand over New Year's who had decided to join us for this last leg of our Asian adventure. Upon greeting these two, we had to do a double take with Sandro as he had taken an unofficial vow not to shave when we parted ways 7 months ago in Thailand, hence ... read more
July 16th 2009
After our Sipadan adventure we were ready to see what there was to discover in the Borneo rainforest. We had heard great things about the river cruises and treks through the rainforest and we managed to get a last minute booking into the Nature Lodge which is situated on the lower Kinabatangan River in East Borneo. We arrived at the lodge mid afternoon after a bumpy bus ride down dirt roads, and a short jetty to cross the river to the camp. For being a Nature Lodge, we still had such amenities as 24 hour electricity! The first thing on the agenda for the afternoon was a 2 hour cruise down the Kinabatangan river to see some of the local wildlife. With images of pygmey elephants, crocodiles, and orangutans dancing in our heads, it was quite ... read more
July 14th 2009
0.00539 Under the Sea It is estimated that the surface of the earth is covered by approximately 70% water. The deepest part of any ocean, the Mariana Trench, plummets over 11 km below sea level while the average depth of all oceans is around the 4 km mark. With stats like those it is easy to understand that we humans have been thought to have only explored 1% of all our world has to offer; most of this being on land. The other 99% of the world we have yet to chart and discover remains submerged. Making our way to Malaysian Borneo we would not have guessed that we would be visiting arguably one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring places on the face of this earth, above or below water - but that is just ... read more
June 24th 2009
Dunedin & The House of Pain We left Queenstown after having spent a great few days there and drove through the Otago wine region and through some more beautiful scenery to reach the city of Dunedin. We are convinced that there isn't a drive that doesn't have stunning scenery...or flat or straight roads for that matter in this country! We arrived in Dunedin which is known to be the home of the second most photographed building in the southern hemisphere; the old train station in Dunedin falls just behind the Sydney Opera House. For us however, this university city boasts the 'House of Pain,' the venue where the New Zealand All Blacks team took on France in a match within the International Rugby League. We arrived to Dunedin and the town was buzzing with the upcoming ... read more
June 7th 2009
Scratching the Backbone of the Southern Alps We took a couple of days to make our way to the interior of the south island. The drive from Christchurch is absolutely beautiful and offers views of the Southern Alps mountain range. The Alps run vertically down the south island and act like a backbone as they almost split the west from the east. We took a quick jaunt through the town of Methven at the base of Mt. Hutt to scope out what the job situation looked like. Mt Hutt experiences the longest ski season in the country and actually opened two weeks early this year as they had been getting dumped on in the snow department. This however didn’t seem to spark many job openings yet so we decided to move on. We pulled up for ... read more
May 29th 2009
Move over Chicago, there’s a new Windy City around and it goes by the name of Wellington! After two days of futile attempts to leave the city of Wellington (the high winds cancelled the ferries) we finally had an 8:30 departure time on a dreary Monday morning. You can blame it on the early start(well 8 am is an early start for us these days), or perhaps due to the choppy ocean causing Linds to feel a bit queasy on the ship, but whatever the culprit, we unfortunately had a rather unpleasant experience on the ferry. We moved from one lounge to another and Linds accidently forgot to grab her purse. Not 5 minutes later she finally remembered that she left it so she ran back to grab it only to discover that it was no ... read more
May 22nd 2009
After our skydiving birthday adventures we thought we should tame things down a bit, so we travelled to the east coast to an area densely populated with wineries! Similar to a Niagara-on-the-lake, the Hawkes Bay area has over 65 wineries, of which most only sell their product within the country. The Kiwi’s must really enjoy drinking their wine! We spent a couple of days here going from winery to winery and sampling all of the free tastings. Fantastic! This area is also known to be the fruit production capital of the country and we enjoyed driving past apple orchards, seeing mandarin orange trees overflowing with fruit, and of course, eating all of the seasonal goods! One of the most interesting points about the Hawkes Bay wine region is that it contains a rather famous area known ... read more
May 12th 2009
Any guesses as to what I chose to do to celebrate my birthday?...Take a look at the first picture collage for a few clues. That’s right, we jumped out of a plane at 12,000 metres and plummeted towards the ground at over 200km/hour!!! I’d been thinking about ways that I wanted to celebrate my birthday and being in the country where extreme activities seem to be everywhere we thought it was only appropriate to “Go big or go home”! Lake Taupo is also one of the cheapest places in the world for a tandem jump as well so all things were working out quite nicely. We woke up in the morning not really expecting the jump to be a go as the skies were quite cloudy, but apparently only heavy winds and rain will cancel jumps. ... read more
May 10th 2009
Welcome/Kia Ora to the country where the sheep outnumber the people, the land is covered in an emerald Astroturf (at least in the north island), and the people are also keen to using the word “eh”. It is evident that we are no longer in SE Asia and back to a Western country as driving rules are obeyed, everyone speaks some form of the English language, and there aren’t millions of people wandering around the cities. We have officially arrived in New Zealand! As we flew into Auckland and admired the many small green, carpet like covered islands and dormant volcanoes we knew that this country would awe us with its beauty. So far, it has yet to disappoint. My mom’s cousin and her family live in west Auckland and we were fortunate enough to stay ... read more