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 […]
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.
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.
Mission to the Arctic. I booked this trip in the first week of 2015 in a bit of a yolo moment, I’d always wanted to go to the Arctic Circle and getting there via the Norwegian Fjords on a ship seemed like the perfect way to see Norway.
Although not the reaching towering heights, the biggest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales offer some spectacular scenery and a decent workout for the legs. I’d been wanting to do this “challenge” for a few years now after hearing about the 24 hour version. 16 hours of driving, 50km of walking and 4000 vertical metres climbed, here’s how it went down.
The 2014 Commonwealth Games was in Glasgow and I managed to get some tickets for a few of the events, after that the Highlands beckoned and we ventured as far north as mainland Britain goes at John O’Groats before checking out the otherworldly Isle of Skye.
My previous festival experience has been a bunch of Big Day Outs and some music in parks, it was time for 5 days of awesomeness in the Sommerset countryside. Glastonbury is arguably the biggest and most famous festival in the world and it’s pretty unique to be able to see Metallica, Dolly Parton & Arcade Fire sharing the stage within 48 hours.
We’re almost half way through the year and although I normally only post a blog when I get on a plane, I figured some of what England has served up so far in 2014 deserved some mention.
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.
London 2012 was probably a lot more fun if you could attend the events instead of going to work on the train every day with other people who were going to attend the events. Instead, we filled our time with other things. Like country walks. And weekend trips. And deer stalking.