Dean Kay


Dean Kay

Just married and off on our tour, Dervla and I will try to keep you as updated as possible

Asia » Singapore January 31st 2010

Arriving in to Singapore late we headed straight to our hotel in the Geylang area of Singapore to get some sleep. We haven't planned to stay in Singapore too long so we decided to get up early and catch the MRT to the city where we got off at the City Hall, we had a stroll around the city taking in the colonial buildings, the Raffles Hotel, cricket club and St Andrews cathedral and the old parliament house before ending up down by the River walking along Clarke Quay and Boat Quay which are located right next to the cities highrise. Singapore doesn't feel much different to most modern cities, it was very clean and safe and has an interesting history. The weather has been humid enough but not too uncomfortable, we walked from the River ... read more
In the Long Bar at Raffles
Orang Utans at Singapore Zoo
Raffles Hotel

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Central Coast January 28th 2010

The last week we have spent in Australia has been great, we have had our final catching up with everyone. We had a great night out with all the old friends. Down to The Entrance bottom pub before moving on to some lovely Thai and then finally on to Mingara (there was no where else to go!). We had Australia Day down in Sydney in a nice park near where my cousin Penny is living. The weather was very warm that day, the food was delicious and we had a waterbomb fight to cool off after a small bit of cricket, which I have to say I am really enjoying knowing that I won't be playing it again for a long time. It was a nice day and a good way to say goodbye to the ... read more
Hunter and I on Australia Day
Relaxing, Australia Day
Hunter cooling off on Australia Day

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains January 21st 2010

Well the Blue mountains really took me by surprise, it was not like I remembered at all. We set off, Mum, Col, Deb and I early on Monday the 18th, we headed to the Zig Zag Railway near Lithgow. We relaxed on the short train journey, taking in the views and enjoying the old train carriages. In the afternoon we headed towards Katoomba where we stayed. We stopped by at the old Hartley village, only a few buildings in the street really, it was good to see how the old houses would have looked here as the early settlers came out. As we headed through Mt Victoria we stopped at Sunset Rock lookout for our first glimpse of the vast valleys, in Mt Victoria we went to an old museum at the railway station that had ... read more
Sunset Rock, Mt. Victoria Blue Mountains
The Three Sisters, Katoomba
Blue Mountains

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Central Coast January 17th 2010

Have been spending the last two and a half weeks catching up with everyone again, we have been busy and only had the odd day or two to relax. We went out to the Reptile Park near Gosford one day, we took the kids out and it really was a good day. Really warm but the shows the park put on are quite good and keep you entertained. My brother Troy and his girlfriend Jess took us out on their boat in Tuggerah Lake to be a spot of fishing which I really have been missing. Deb was a natural, caught a large flathead on her first cast out. We had a great time out there, caught a few things, flathead, bream and flounder most too small to keep, we just kept the flathead that Deb ... read more
Deb and Troy with her impressive flathead
Mum and Deb celebrate a win at the TAB (bookies)
Deb and I at GPK

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Central Coast January 1st 2010

Well being back in OZ for the first time in a while is great, and especially as we have 6 weeks here to enjoy without being in a rush, so it should be a good time to spend some time with family and friends as well as check out a few old haunts and hopefully get some good weather. In the lead up to Christmas Deb and I had family around to celebrate Debs birthday on the 20th of December and to catch up with them all after such a long time. The last time some of them had seen Deb was back in November of 2004 and we even had a few new babies to meet up with that we hadn't met. We had a great day, a good old BBQ (beef sausages mmmmm), a ... read more
Debs birthday
NYE fireworks

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago December 15th 2009

Last stop on our South American adventure meant we may not have done true justice to Santiago, I think we were really looking forward to coming to OZ, so spent a bit of time relaxing in our nice hostel Don Santiago in the Barrio Brazil area of Santiago which was nice and leafy with a few restaurants around. The city of Santiago was nice itself, again quite modern and definitely had the feel of a capital city, metro and all. Its setting is quite spectacular as it is almost entirely encircled by the Andes mountains. You could see the mountains most of the time but in the heat of the day the haze and pollution often made it hard to get a good view of them. There were plenty of vineyards in and on the surrounds ... read more
Cerro Santa Lucia
Atop Cerro San Cristobal
Taking in the view from Cerro San Cristobal

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Valparaíso December 12th 2009

We didn't spend much time in the port city of Valparaiso, but the 7 hour journey to get there was very much a scenic one, we passed through the Andes, with some spectacular roads, then through the fertile valley in Chile with plenty of crops and vineyards covering the valley floor and sides of the mountains. We arrived at Vina del Mar on the coast first, with a couple of small little beaches and a resort type of feel. As we hit the coast and headed south we could see the coastline and the city of Valparaiso seemingly connected to Vina del Mar. We stayed our two nights in Hostal Limon Verde, it was in a great spot just up a hill from the busy town, the building was very cool, historic but yet done up ... read more
Valpo architecture
Hostal Limon Verdo (looking up)
Graffitied streets

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza December 10th 2009

Mendoza has been great, it reminded me a bit of Salta in its size and vibrant nightlife. I really have liked the Argentinan provincial cities, it has made me appreciate them more than I would have thought before the trip. Mendoza has charm in the form of one of Argentinas largest wine regions is hard no to like the place. The wine culture here in Mendoza is very strong. They love their wine and I think indirectly it employs a majority of the workforce in the city. We were told there is around 1000 vineyards in the surrounds and they really are just located on the cities fringes and outskirts. The city had a massive main plaza, wide streets in a grid fashion with massive trees giving shade to the streets, as well as metre wide ... read more
Vineyard cellar
Wine testing
Parillada in Senor Buque

Bariloche lived up to our expectations, and the two days we spent on a bus on desolate Route 40 made it more the worthwhile. The journey from El Chalten was long, our first day was a drive of 12 hours to Perito Moreno. The scenery was again desolate and we even stopped at the aptly named La Siberia station for empanadas on the first day. I don't know how the people live out there, the climate is so harsh, with the wind not letting up much. Perito Moreno was a small enough town (but bigger than anything we had seen in 12 hours) it was freezing when we got there and we had to be up again early hours for our journey the next morning. Day two was another long drive, 13 more hours, staring out ... read more
7 Lakes drive
Cerro Campanario view
7 Lakes drive

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén November 29th 2009

Heading to El Chalten, world renowned for its trekking, we were looking forward to seeing some more stunning scenery and some good walks. The weather in El Calafate was beginning to get a little windy, but nothing like we were to witness in El Chalten. It was a 4 hour bus ride very desolate scenery until we reached Lago Viedma, where we could see the glacier Viedma running from the mountain down to the waters edge, it was very windy and cloudy so we didn't get the lovely view of Mt Fitzroy (3441m) that we were hoping to get, given that we had seen it from the aeroplane we knew what we were missing out on. El Chalten is inside the Parque Nacional de Los Glaciares and only a new town in itself, only having its ... read more
At Laguna Torre with Torre range
Windy day on the Fitzroy walk

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