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Val Thorens – Powder, partying & proposals

Snowboarding trip number two for 2014 was back to the French Alps in Val Thorens which makes up one of the Les Trois Vallées. Another catered chalet for the week was on the cards with a great crew keen to sample the French après and powder. We lucked out with close to the perfect mix of bluebird days and storms dumping fresh snow.

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Budapest – Stags, beers and baths

A weekend in Eastern-ish Europe was on the cards to celebrate Blake’s upcoming wedding. Being a stag weekend, most of the photos taken are unpublishable, however these ones have made the cut and show off what is a really beautiful and thoroughly entertaining city.

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New York – Work hard, play hard

My first trip to New York almost 5 years ago was spent seeing the massive list of famous sights that the city has to offer. When work flew me out for the week, outside of work hours it was cool to check out some bars and restaurants, catch some games at The Garden and spend some time off Manhattan hanging out with friends in Brooklyn.

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St Anton – Snowboarding, après and Liechtenstein

The first of my three snowboarding trips for 2014, St Anton is part of the Arlberg ski area which is one of the biggest in the world. Add to that what is arguably the best après ski, a great crew and a catered chalet and it was a pretty awesome way to start the year.

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London, Paris – Sport & stuff

November & December continued on at a hectic pace, plenty of sport to finish 2013 and a trip to Paris to see the All Blacks and see some of the things I missed out on last time I visited 2 years ago.

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Hamburg – Christmas, riots and mini things

I love a good Christmas market, and so too do the Germans, so Hamburg was an excellent choice for a weekend out of London in December. Not even a full-on riot could dampen our spirits as we saw a few of the sights and had a few drinks of gluhwein (mulled wine) to keep us warm.

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Oktoberfest – Steins, roller coasters and pork knuckles

There’s always a lot of hype about Oktoberfest, but as the dust settled on a weekend of plenty of beer, dancing on tables, carnival rides and pork knuckles, it had to go down as one of the best weekends of partying I’ve ever had.

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San Sebastian – Beaches, pintxos and G&Ts

I’d only been as far north as Madrid in Spain and in an effort to get the last out of summer, a long weekend in San Sebastian with a crew of 8 beckoned. It’s known for its two spectacular beaches, crazy good seafood and a great night out on the town. For us, it delivered on all three.

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Sailing in Croatia

Definitely one of the most interesting holidays I’ve ever had. Croatia served up a thunderstorm, a partially severed finger, hospitals then 8 days of glorious sunshine, boats, boozing and Game of Thrones nostalgia.

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Ukraine – Kievs, cheap beer and nuclear power

Five guys from New Zealand decided to venture east from London and visit Ukraine and more specifically the scene of the disaster, Chernobyl. All in all, a fantastic adventure and it’s something very unique and bizarre that you won’t see anywhere else in the world.