This week our thoughts have turned to technology. What will we need to take on the Trip to do the things we want to do? I have to admit that ours is a relatively technology-focused household as the Husband works in IT and of course I have a few blogs and such like, and my […]

Part of preparing for the trip is the minimalisation of our belongings. If asked, I would have said that we didn’t have much stuff as we did a lot of downsizing 4 years ago when we left the large family home and garden and moved into the apartment. All garden equipment, outside paraphernalia and a […]

Last weekend we went to Waiheke Island for the long weekend. We went over on our bicycles and stayed in lovely accommodation in Enclosure Bay. The ‘mission’ we had planned was to test out electric bicycles, as neither of us had ever been on one, and compare the experience with the common or garden variety. […]

I’ve been pretty busy writing my CV and applying for jobs this week so have not had much time for thinking about the trip but, in response to the findings from the Clevedon trip, I have researched and bought a new pair of sandals. This has thrown my footwear plan into a bit of a […]

We thought we would take the opportunity over the christmas holidays to get some good quality NZ dirt on our shiny new travel equipment, remove the ‘newbie’ look and do a ‘test run’ to figure out the finer points of the set up. We broke the task into a couple of different trips. Primarily because […]

The Boxing day sale gods were kind to us and at long last the North Face Base Camp duffle bags were discounted (20% off in Bivouac) so we pounced. Mine is red and the Husband’s is yellow. I also managed to find that very illusive beast – a functional AND stylish rain jacket in my […]

There’s not been much progress on planning for the Trip this week as I have used all my none-working time for Christmas shopping, baking and decorating. I have slipped a little ‘Trip prep’ in where I can, however. I have added a little note in the Christmas cards to alert UK friends to our plans […]

This week I turned my attention to what this lunatic ‘gap year’ idea was going to cost us. I mentioned the idea of creating a budget to the Husband and he very quickly left the room. By way of explanation, he is afflicted with the not-so-rare male condition known as ‘formaphobia’. The syndrome manifests itself […]

I have recently found myself feeling a lot more .com than .co.nz, if you know what I mean. Before we settled in NZ, we always considered ourselves global citizens who did not really belong to any one country but who moved around to live in interesting places. If the city or country did not measure […]

I have been really busy with work recently and have spent a fair bit of time in airports going backwards and forwards to Christchurch. Unfortunately, this tends to interfere with my daydreaming about cycling across lavender and tulip strewn idyllic landscapes and planning for the trip. I have however had some time to think about […]