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Last week I went to Budapest for work. I added an extra day on the end so that I could see a bit of the city. Budapest is split by the Danube, so there are several bridges joining each side. … Continued

Goodies from Italy

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I got back from a few days in Italy early this morning. The plane was delayed so I didn’t get home until almost 2am, so very tired today. Still in a fog. Perfect for spending the afternoon on the sofa … Continued

Routeburn Track, Day 3

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This was my last day of hiking and also signalled my the coming end of my time in NZ, as I was due to fly out just two days later. Sad, very sad. An even worse night’s sleep than the … Continued

Routeburn Track, Day 2

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I mentioned in my last post that I last walked this track over 20 years ago. While I enjoyed the walk and it was a beautiful part of the country, I was also overcome with how the passing of years … Continued

Routeburn Track, Day 1

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After my rest day in Milford Sound, I got up early the next morning ready to catch the bus to Te Anau. Except I was hopping off part way there at The Divide: the start of the Routeburn track on … Continued

Milford Sound

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Nine of us from the Milford Track all caught the shuttle bus from the boat terminal to Milford Sound Lodge where we were staying the evening. There we had 30 minutes to check in, shower and change (if we still … Continued

Milford Track: Day 4

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I greeted this day with mixed feelings. I’d been having the time of my life, immersed in the this beautiful landscape and was feeling so energised and at peace – I really didn’t want it to end. But I was … Continued

Milford Track: Day 3

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The forecast we were given last night was for rain andwind, building up to gales on the pass. We were also warned that it would get worse as the day progressed so we should aim for an earlier start. I’m … Continued

Milford Track: Day 2

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In the past, I’ve found that the first day of a big hike is the hardest. It doesn’t matter how fit you are, your body is just not used to carrying a pack and walking several hours. Since our first … Continued

Milford Track: Day 1

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This day started with a 2 hour bus ride from Queenstown to Te Anau where we stopped briefly to pick up boat and hut tickets and change buses. I also sent on a bag of food to meet me in … Continued