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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Sandton October 19th 2010

My take off from Heathrow was delayed an hour so I got myself a Panini and Raspberry-Coconut cake from Starbucks, totally yum. Couldn’t seem to log on to the Wi-Fi at the airport which was frustrating - all the connections were secured so I would have needed a network key. Wagamammas told me their Wi-Fi was only for staff use and the one named Free Public Wi-Fi was disabled (so if anyone knows how you’re meant to do it please get in touch). My aeroplane had 2 floors! I’d never been on one so big and should have snuck up to the top floor to check it out but I think it was first class only. Couldn’t sleep so watched some brilliant films: Get Him to the Greek with Russell Brand and Jonah Hill, both of ... read more
"Fat Bastard" wine
Dinner in Koi

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cheshire » Wilmslow October 18th 2010

So… I’m currently camped out at Terminal 5 at Heathrow undergoing a 2.5 hour wait for my connection to Johannesburg. Six weeks ago, one miserable Monday morning I was driving to work wondering why exactly I was still working in the same job after such a life-changing, 13-week, round-the-world trip earlier this year. Just one hour later I was writing to my friend Steph in Australia asking about the job situation out there. I allowed myself to daydream about a life in the sun, and kidded myself that looking at flight prices wouldn’t really mean I was moving away, but by the end of that week the flights were on hold; I’d confessed to my Mum, friends and family and had arranged to visit Ellie (my travelling partner) in South Africa en route. I sealed the ... read more

Asia » Singapore March 29th 2010

Woke up before my alarm and lazily stretched out in the king size bed, enjoying the coolness of the sheets on the other side. I kicked out my leg and when it didn't reach anything I flipped over to lie star-shaped on the massive mattress. I smiled as I wondered what Ellie was making me for breakfast... until I realised: she wasn't in the kitchen... she'd gone! The memory of her waking me in the middle of the night came flooding back. She'd had to leave at silly o'clock in a taxi to catch her flight to South Africa. Ellie was gone! My airport experience wasn't the same without Ellie (I arrived at 11 to catch my flight to Singapore). The Skinny Latte didn't taste the same; people watching was no fun; not even "slathering" cheered ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » St. Heliers March 28th 2010

We were up fairly early and went to the beach, but El was feeling restless and "unorganised" (this made me smile) so she headed back to pack her bags. She met me after; we picked up wine from the Bottle-O and sat on the park which was full of families and groups of friends playing sport and having picnics. We ended up get getting pretty tipsy after just a few glasses (I'm sure alcohol has a different affect in the daytime). Ellie did us proud and made a wonderful fritata for dinner. I'm really going to miss her cooking but hopefully I've picked up enough tips from her to try a lot of the things at home. We sat and did our last pedicure together - we both kept getting tears in our eyes and saying ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown March 27th 2010

I only had 2 hours sleep after getting in at 7am as I had to be up at 9 to pack and check out. Chilled with Tom for most of the day then he walked me to the bus station to get catch my bus to the airport. Toms living and working in Queenstown so knows exactly where he's going. It's only small but you still get a bit disorientated after only being here two nights. Had the shakes from too much alcohol and not enough sleep. Couldn't face eating anything substantial so had a skinny latte and ice cream. The latte was yuk! How can they get away with selling it? I flew from Queenstown to Christchurch then from Christchurch to Auckland, which was only about $60 instead of a few hundred to go direct. ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown March 26th 2010

Said goodbye to Julian and another guy in our room called Bobby. Bobby is a business man in his 50’s that ended up here because the bank machine ate his creditcard. He’s been waiting for the bank to send him a new one and for his wife to wire him some money so in the meantime has been living off whatever cash he had left in his wallet. I felt incredibly sorry for him but he didn’t whinge. I can imagine staying in a hostel full of 20-somethings must have been a culture shock for him. I felt ever so mean for returning home last night and scoffing a Fergburger in my drunken stupor, while he’d spent his last $3 yesterday on a can of Tuna. He’d eaten half at lunchtime, and half at tea time. ... read more
View from Balcony
Skippers road
On top of the wold

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown March 25th 2010

My alarm went off at 7.30 and I got packed up ready to leave Frienz backpackers. Had a really great stay here and would recommend it to any travelers. Said goodbye to Jenna then went on the internet to book a hostel for Queenstown. As usual I got distracted by Facebook and was left with just a few minutes to book my accommodation before my 30minute Global Gossip card ran out. I had just enough time to process the deposit fee on but not enough time to get directions. Collected a coffee and muffin on the way to the bus stop and bumped in to the minivan driver that took me home from the Māori experience at Willowbank yesterday. He was such a nice guy and gave me a loud beep when he drove past ... read more
Me at Lake Tekapo
Turquoise water

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch March 24th 2010

Woke up at Gareth and Sarah's. They'd taken me back to theirs after Franks last night and we'd collected cheeseburgers on the way. Gareth made me a cheese toastie and made me laugh all morning. My new nickname is Manchester thanks to Sarah. She continued to call me this all morning as well as last night and I started to wonder if she could actually remember my real name or if she'd been too sozzled, ha ha. She was cringing about getting up on stage last night but was really pleased with her 400dollar tattoo prize! Sarah's friend Ellie came over and the first thing out of her mouth was "Holly Fak, your gorgeous". W..what?! She joked that she was jealous of Gareth and grabbed my bum when we hugged goodbye. Gareth gave me a lift ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch March 23rd 2010

Was up really early this morning to catch my flight from Auckland to Christchurch. The flight was only fairly short so I was on my way to Christchurch centre on the airport shuttle by mid-morning. A woman stumbled on to the bus - I wasn't sure if it was her weight, her oversized bag, or drunkenness that made her struggle so much, but I was horrified when she chose the seat right opposite me. There were loads of other spare seats and suddenly the space between us seemed very small indeed. She looked like a Hill-billy inbred and probably had one leg longer than the other. I buried my head in my free travel guide that I had picked up from the airport and tried to ignore the strange sensation that I was being watched. Curiosity ... read more
In the Gondola carriage
Nice views
Village by the lake

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » St. Heliers March 22nd 2010

The views while we drove from the Mongolian Tent to our ferry port reminded me of driving through the Yorkshire Dales on a sunny day. "Can I have an ice cream" I heard from the back - all the adults groaned and rolled their eyes as this has become Lian's signature request. The landscape changed from hilly fields (filled with cows), to masses and masses of ferns, tall trees and bushes, as we drove through one of New Zealands Forest Parks. It was an incredible view. We stopped at Coromandel town and picked up a few things from Munchies Deli Bakehouse - anyone visiting the Coromandel really must stop here. El and I oooh'd and aaah'd as we looked at the glass fridges filled with cakes and pastries and the baking rack with bread and pizza ... read more
Great food
The Bakehouse
View on the way

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