It always amazes me how little spare time you have when you’re travelling. Surely not working should equate to lots of spare hours in the day. Maybe we are doing it wrong but our days are really busy. From the minute we wake up, we start – breaking camp, packing everything away, breakfast, making a […]

I thought I would show you our camp setup so I have put together a video of our transportable ‘home sweet home’ with all our equipment. p.s. A couple of things I forgot to mention on the video: In my front bag, the black area you can see at the bottom when I take out my rain […]

We have reached Toulouse, and the end of this particular ‘Trip’ chapter … I think I’ll call it Southern France (Take one). In a couple of days we are taking the train back to Paris and then we head north to sample the delights of Germany, the Netherlands etc. We are not really sure about […]

Christmas was a very busy time for these particular cyclopolitans. Pre-Christmas was the usual frenzy of Chrissy prep, but that was nothing to the post-Christmas activity. Boxing Day kicked off the big spend … purchasing the final items on our list: The camera, The phone, and The wardrobe. The camera A couple of months ago, […]

I got a bit preoccupied with organising my electric bike creation last weekend so I put off writing up the Queens Birthday Coromandel trip until now – pretty slack, I know! The trip started off quite unpromisingly as we decided to go the scenic route and got snarled up in the most horrendous traffic jam. […]

I’m back! It’s been a very hectic few weeks but I am now fully qualified with a CELTA in English language teaching and I have started my new job. The brain is still a little dazed by the rapid influx of new information but the fog is starting to clear … The work move to […]

Hamilton is excellent!  …. which was quite a surprise because the general response to our travel plans was “why?”, or “oh dear” closely followed by “why?”. To answer this question I have been explaining about the gear shake down and the availability of a train plus hotel plus campground. However, I can now also add […]

A few weeks ago when we were camping at Goat island I discovered that what I’ve been calling ‘testing’ is also known as a ‘shake down’. An interesting man with a curious accent (Irish blended with kiwi and American, I think) was pitched next to us and we struck up a conversation about this and […]

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 […]