India, 2019

  Barbara and I arrived late last night (November 16, 2019) on the same plane as many or even most other people on this tour. Because we were flying Premium, we were off the plane and waiting for our luggage for some time before the rest of them showed up. I think there are about…

Europe, 2019

On April 26, I embarked on my next adventure. I flew from Christchurch to Madrid to start this adventure. The blue dots on the map above are the places I visited. Part One: Spain  Portugal Morocco Part Two: Germany – I’ve been to Germany before, but  not Berlin Poland – I’ve been to Poland before,…

Africa, 2012

August 10 The flight to Johannesburg was the longest single flight I’ve ever been on – 14.5 hours. Neville’s flight to the same location 3 years ago, had been on a plane that didn’t have individual screens on the backs of the seats, and so knowing that I was on the same sort of aircraft,…

Peru, Easter Island, 2006

July 14, in Pisco, Peru. First of all if there are strange letters in this email it will be because of the keyboard – not me!! Cant figure out where some keys are at all. And how to get an apostrophe totally eludes me. Flight over was LONG and tedious. Watched movies – 2 even…

Mexico and Cuba, 2010

This trip will tick another 3 of my boxes: Aztec and Mayan cultures, Cuba and a cocktail in a beach bar on the Caribbean. It’s winter there at the moment, so hopefully the heat won’t be too unbearable. I’ve been watching it on a application I’ve got on my iPhone and it’s late 20s most…

Central Asia and China, 2016

Kazakhstan,  Krygyzstan,  Uzbekistan,  Turkmenistan,  Tajikistan,  China  NZ to Hong Kong Today (30 April, 2016) I’m flying from Christchurch to Auckland to Hong Kong. This time I’ve organised my seat (by paying for it) so that there’s no one sitting in front of me. This IS a good idea because I’ve discovered that I’m not very…

Europe, 2014

China England Wales Russia Iceland France April 25, 2014 Shanghai is a fabulous city. We arrived at the hotel about 7 last night after a VERY long day (more later) which is right in the heart of the city. And it’s a great city. Shanghai has a population of 23 million and is probably the…

Europe, 2009

A trip to Europe has been on my list of places to visit for years, and this year, I’m making it happen: a few days in Dubai, followed by a tour of Eastern Europe, and then Rome, Nick (my wonderful son), a car, and the road to anywhere. Countries visited:  UAE Austria Hungary Slovakia Slovenia…

USA, 2007

26/8/2007 Arriving in LA was fine. It all went smoothly and because I had been sitting at the front of the plane, I was in the first 20 off the plane which has to be good. Right? Customs was a doddle despite the fingerprinting and retinal scan. Should have asked if he could check to…

Scandinavia, 2017

Scandinavia My first stop on my 2017 trip is Copenhagen. Although I’ve been saying that I’m going to Scandinavia, many people do not consider Finland to be part of Scandinavia and so I should be saying either the names of the 4 countries or Scandinavia AND Finland. Scandinavia – as a word – was first used…