No really, they do. It must be all the sulpher. If you’ve ever been to Rotorua, you know what we’re talking about, haha. Smell aside, though, Rotorua is definitely worth a visit. Lots to do and see and, like back in Cairns, we had to pick and choose how to spend our time there. Hobbiton was a no-brainer for us–we love the films. It was … Continue reading Hobbiton. Glowworm Caves.Thermal Pools Smell Awful.
If you’ve been following along, you already know how much Jess LOVES The 1975. (Matty in particular). You may also remember her dressing up as him for Halloween. Anyways, Jess found out the band would be in Auckland during the time we had booked for this trip, so we basically planned the New Zealand portion around the concert. Then a week ago, while down in … Continue reading 12 Hours on Queen St.
I won’t lie–the thought of renting and driving a car around New Zealand made me a little nervous. It’s not the driving–I honestly love driving in new places. It was the whole driving on the left-hand side of the road thing. I think the worst part is the roundabouts. The only other time I’ve experienced them was when we lived in Vancouver–even then they were … Continue reading Driving on the ‘Wrong’ side in New Zealand
You know that scene in Stepbrothers when the b’ys get bunkbeds? Cairns is sort of like that–“So many activities!!!” We took advantage of the hundreds of options during our three days there. Seriously, most of the things we wanted to do while in Australia could have been done from Cairns. You want to hold a koala and feed kangaroos? No problem. You want to snorkel … Continue reading Cairns has ALLLL the activities.
We felt bad for Adelaide. We had just come from Sydney–and that’s a tough act to follow, haha. We had three days in Adelaide, so we wanted to make the most of them. I think we did pretty good. This will be my rant about the heat, haha. It reached 38° every day we were there. Being from Newfoundland, we’re used to the wind making … Continue reading Escaping the Adelaide Heat.
Our lack of blog posts did not do our week in Sydney justice. Here’s a summary, haha: Things we’ll miss about Sydney (or sometimes Australia in general): *How much better their iced coffees are compared to Canada’s. We’re already hooked. Sure, we can bring along vanilla ice cream and cream to every cafe at home–but that’s really not the same. *CUSTARD. Whoever decided to put … Continue reading Sydney in a Nutshell. A late Nutshell.
Our NYE in Sydney was something straight out of a movie. (Thank-you, Adam and Matt, for inviting us to the house party). (Not that either of them will read this). I wish I had snapped a picture of the house. And the pool. And the poolhouse. It sort of looked like the White House, only a little smaller. And minus Barack and Michelle. It was … Continue reading New Year’s Eve in Sydney.
You don’t really realize JUST how far Newfoundland and Australia are from each other until you actually go there. For instance, we left home on December 25th and landed in Sydney on December 28th. Travel was a 3.5 hour flight followed by an hour flight followed by a 15 hour flight topped off with a 10 hour flight. I was never so relieved to get … Continue reading Australia is far.
This is by no means a complaint–I absolutely LOVE traveling with just a single backpack. (Remind me to write a post on how problematic a suitcase would have been getting to our accommodations in Cinque Terre). My biggest struggle when packing my backpack revolves around footwear. You basically only get to bring a single pair of shoes. That’s it. ONE pair. I usually have room … Continue reading Backpacking & Footwear Problems.
Navigating the roads around the island of Mykonos is an adventure in itself. The roads are super narrow to start with. Then add huge buses going in both directions, some blind hills, locals, and tourists on rented atvs and scooters who have no idea where they’re going. No wonder the guy giving us a ride from the airport warned us not to rent an atv. … Continue reading Europe 2014: The Roads of Mykonos