Istanbul was fantastic, but it was time to head out into the rest of Turkey and see the real draw cards. It’s a big country spread across two continents and faced with the choice of an overnight bus or a quick one hour flight we chose the latter and arrived in the town of Göreme […]
And so it begins, leaving London after 5 years and spending 6 months on the road seeing the cool parts of Asia and Africa. First stop was Turkey, mainly for its geographic proximity and the fact that it’s halfway to the Himalayas. There had been a fair bit of unfavourable media coverage for Turkey in […]
My 6th and final trip to the alps from my time living in London and after my trip to NZ, I had to leave it pretty late in the season to get it done, the prospect of a winter with no snowboarding was too difficult to contemplate. We based ourselves in Courmayeur on the Italian […]
The last of the four parts of the United Kingdom for me to visit and before I did a bit of research, not one that I was terribly interested in visiting. That changed when I started reading this book, developed a minor obsession with Game of Thrones and found out about the Giant’s Causeway. With […]
First time back for 3 years, just as summer was getting a full head of steam up and with two weddings to attend in January, it was good to be home. The tricky bit was managing to juggle one of the Great Walks, two working weeks and plenty of catch-ups, I think I managed ok. […]
I came to the UK at the start of 2011 and the timing of that decision meant I missed possibly the biggest sporting event in New Zealand’s history, the Rugby World Cup. I’ll never forget watching the final at the Walkabout in Shepherd’s Bush but not being there to see it in person always bothered me a little. As luck would have it, come 2015 the Cup came to the UK and after a very favourable ballot, I intended to take full advantage.
Continuing on with the Nordic theme of my summer in 2015, I avoided warm temperatures and headed to Iceland. The trip was all about hiking the 6-day Laugavegur Trail, but I had time before the hike to check out the capital Reykjavik and drive around the Golden Circle.
Day 8 and we crossed the imaginary line (there’s an island with a plaque on it) and entered the Arctic Circle. For many, this was where the real fun starts. By now, the temperatures were dropping unlike the sun which wasn’t going below the horizon, causing 24 hour daylight and plenty of confusion about when to stop drinking at the bar.
Another fun season! 10 days, 4 countries (Italy, Switzerland, Bulgaria and the East Coast of the U.S.), 200+ km boarded, 30,000m vertical drop.
And on the 4th day, we reached the shores of Norway. I was expecting snow-capped mountains rising out of the sea from all angles with small colourful sea-side villages dotting the shoreline and I got exactly that and then some, reminded me a lot of New Zealand…with more fish. Along the way we learnt a lot about Norwegian culture thanks to the historians and biologists onboard, a country that has played the hand it was dealt extremely well.