Location: Home!, UK
Ok so i'm back home now!!!
well nothing much has changed as far as the gloomy weather goes but its nice to be back and seeing everyone.
my number whilst i'm back in the uk is +447999891506
cant wait to catch up with u all
big love xxxxx
Location: San Francisco, USA
well slight change of plan......hehe! ok so met a crazy little chick called Katie in Fiji and spent an awesome and pretty giggly week with her in the sunshine on some fairly remote islands...was great!! neway she was off to San Francisco the same day i was off to LA and all her planning made me want to go there too.....LA sounds pants compared to San Fran..... so after a crazy moment i changed my flight! also must add that this flight change was done 3 hours before the flight! for someone who likes to plan this was a bit last minute for my liking but it was sooooooo worth it!
met up with one of my fav kiwi boys and then spent today shopping like i havent shopped in 10 years and sightseeing...San Fran is gorgeous!!
well katie has arrived today and we've just been out for an awesome meal at Sears Fine Foods.....gorgeous!
planning the next couple of days and then thats it....Oh my goodness i'm coming home....i am going to be freaking out on that final plane journey! but sooooo looking forward to seeing you all.
ok so i should probably put a plan together for the weekend....i'm thinking everyone round to mine anytime from sat arvo onwards and then out somewhere probably richmond or kingston.....warning drinks will be on you folkes as i'm eternally broke after this yr!!!!! i dont have a mob number for the uk at the mo but my lovely little bro is working on a sim card for me.
otherwise my number here in San Fran for the next couple of days is....+014152024734.
cant wait to see you all
big love xxxxxx
well the time has come to count down the days till i get home....its now 2 weeks till i step back onto home turf and get to see all ur beautiful faces!!
i get back on 21st Feb so put that weekend following in your diary for a couple of drinks.
to fill you all in on what i've been up to....well been here in sydney working hard for SMART a sales and marketing company with my lovely sara potter. so far moved house 4 times in as many weeks...started out in
Surry Hills with miss potter and benny then
Darling Harbour with the boys...Simon, Mark and Binny followed by
Glenorie with potter, benny and gill and now stopping in
Newtown with gill till I leave for Fiji on 11th.
went to Palm Beach at the weekend where Home and Away is filmed, twas gorgeous. been out a few times....so lots and lots of pics to upload on here.
well best be off but hopefully i'll get a chance to update from fiji or LA before i get back.
simply cant wait to see you all, lots of love and see you all v v v soon!!
Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Ok so this is way long overdue...... I will attempt to update the diary since Sydney which firstly seems so long ago...well it was! and secondly v weird cos its where i'm going back to in a few days!
so a breif round up.... from sydney we ventured all the way up the East coast of oz joined by Ags and Alex in Brisbane and then Steve in Mckay.
A few of the things we did included Fraser Island, The Whitsundays, another skydive for me and a first for the others, diving on the great barrier reef and meeting some awesome ppl along the way.....check out my pics for an overview of the adventures.
so since i've been back in nz i managed to get a job 3 days after i returned working for Fuji Xerox in Auckland where i've been living. what started out as a 4 week project turned into a wee while longer and i finished there last week! met some awesome ppl there too (hi stacey!)
apart from that not a lot has really happened. been going to the gym most days....Les Mills in Auckland is where all the classes from the UK originate and although many of u will think í'm nuts its been awesome training there.
so the last few months has simply flown by and i seriously cant believe i've been away the best part of a yr. i'm off to oz (sydney) on sunday for I'm not sure how long but it will be great fun. will be out there with Sara who i met in nz and theres a couple of the boys out there too. New Yr in sydney who would have thought?!?
looks like i could be back in Feb for a couple of weeks so watch out and keep ur diaries free for the last week of fev and 1st week of march!
we had xmas day yest and it was sooo lovely being able to be around family even though i was miles and miles away from home.. the day was pretty cruisy with a few nutty things happening.. mainly my cousin dressing up as father xmas and taking the role very seriously!
today being boxing day we went to the opening of Happy Feet the most gorgeous film if you love penguins...its a must see! we then went over to Whakatane for lunch with freinds where it was 29 degrees...summer is here! woop woop!
well thats about it folkes
hope you all had lovely xmas's and have an awesome new yr! (yeah right i know at home its always a let down! just think of me in sydney!!! ur all very welcome to come over!!!)
Location: Sydney, Australia
sooooo sydney!! awesome! am very excited that i might be working out here for a few months, its a really cool city and so far i've loved what i've seen.
as soon as we arrived we went to check out the opera house and harbour bridge, they are spectacular and the whole area around the quay is very busy and interesting.
the following morning we were up early to do the sydney harbour bridge climb, which was wicked, very cool and would again def reccommend even tho it is pricey, its worth it. we had a great guide called darren who told us loads about the bridge, how it was built, all the things that have happened with it and showed us all the sites around it. its 72 yrs old and when it was build it was only given 6 months warrenty and estimated to last 70 yrs! this made us a little uneasy as it seemed to be past its sell-by date!! he told us how 16 ppl died building it, and only one of those was off the top so u were statistically safer up at the top where we were! we got to see some awesome views of sydney and really enjoyed it.
the afternoon we spent in manly, we took the ferry over and hired some mountain bikes for a 10km or so ride around. manly is a lovely island with a great beach. well worth seeing!
went out in the evening with a couple of lovely irish guys from our dorm and had a really good time. consequently tired and a little delicate today!
today we went to the blue mountains. which was very good but it takes 2-3 hours on the train to get there and then when we finally did the weather was aweful. u could barely see ft in front of u cos of the low cloud, but it still looked spectacular. we got the bus around to scenic world and then did a couple of walks after plumiting down a vertical drop on a train. then we came back on a cabel car.
back to sydney on the train, delayed again but for a far more exciting reason.....a drunk shouting and swearing and crying, no not crying....whaling!! then the driver ordered him off and he threw a massive punch at him. then about 3 ppl pounced on him and we had to wait for the police to come. one of the irish guys we were with filmed it and had to go to the station to give evidence with the footage! great entertainment!
back at the hostel and shattered! time for bed i think....off to byran bay tomorrow evening, so one last day in sydney but i can't wait to return!
lots of love xxxxx
Location: Sydney, Australia
phew....what a busy 10 days, it has gone sooooo quickly its crazy! well what have i been up to....?
ok so met my bro in sydney airport, got straight on another plane to melbourne much to billy's delight having just been on a plane for 2 days!! neway in melbourne we did the thing you should definately do...the neighbours night! oh yes we met harold bishop himself and he even gave me a cuddle! there are pics to prove it. hehe! and for those Holmes Place ppl i saw one of the members! very odd! melbourne is really nice, everyone always says it is but it is. we went on some crazy trams into the city and did all the touristy things, the observation deck, the Rialto tower of 253m, the 16th tallest in the world! where we were asked if we were from birmingham...now i know my accent is more relaxed these days but a brummy! whatever! we did theaquarium, the AFL world (aussie rules), mebourne museum and one of the best things we managed to get tickets to the state of origin rugby league game which was awesome, its a really big deal here and in nz so was very cool to go to and it was great. we also did Queen Victoria market which is a must for shopping and buying crap essentially!!
then we hired a car to drive the great ocean road. now having only driven automatics and few of those in the last 5 months i seriously sruggled. couldnt even work out how to turn it on,......honestly! not a good start hehe! also then had to drive around melbourne which is mental cos if u want to turn right u have to get into the left lane to avoid being hit by a tram!!!!
finally made it out of melbourne and onto the great ocean rd! which was an awesome couple of days.....we made it down to Geelong which isnt far from melbourne and stayed there the nite above a pub. pretty grim but a bed! and decided to have a quite nite watching pirates of the carrabian. next day we were up very early to get driving. watched the sun rise at bells beach which was v cool, then off to torquay where the world surfing champs are held to see loads of those crazy surfers up already. next stop was anglesea golf course to check out the hundreds of kangaroos, yes kangaroos, they are as common there as squirals are at home and they hold right of way on the course!! drove to Aireys Inlet to see the lighthouse and finally made it to Lorne for breakie! the scenery in this drive was amazing just spectacular - pics will be up on the web shortly! Then we were off the the apollo bay region where we did a 4 km walk to a waterfall that is a lot smaller than the pics seem, but the walk there was pretty good fun! this was in the Otways national park area which is gorgeous.
having been ok so far in the car thinking to myself i was doing good i did then manage to get it stuck half way up a very steep hill and in mud!! very scary cos the car would only roll downwards! had to get a grumpy local to help me, she wasnt so freindly considering i had the car stuck on her drive having just used her toilet! oops! i was bursting for a wee tho and we cant just stoplike u guys! neway car got moved eventually....billy just gave me this look like u stupid cow!!! hehe! hes too young to drive tho so there was no choice but for me to attempt to!
next stop wasOtway llighthouse, another one, this time we got to climb it andit was pretty good, thought unbelievably windy and i nearly got blown away! didnt stayup there too long! then off to Otway fly tree top walk where u get to walkliterally among the tree tops, its very cool,not so much tho when ur on an overhanging viewing platform that is 50ft up, looking down is not a great idea!
we drove pretty quickly to our last stop of the day, the twelve appostles, justcaught them asit was getting darkbut decided to stay in Port Campbell nearby and return to see them first thing as well. the hostel in Port Campbell was lovely and its the sweetest town, only has one shop!! bless!!
so then next day back to the apostles which were stunning first thing, loads more pics taken here. then back in the little white bug along the great ocean rd past london bridge another big rock in the sea. Then off to Logans beach to try and see the whales but they were too far out for us, amazing beach tho, just awesome! finally made to warnambool for lunch, sooooo similar to Rotorua in NZ it was werid but loved it! then on to Port Fairy, Penola and Mount Gambia. was sooooo tired by this point but kept going. we're on quite a tight schedule so had to keep going!
final leg was from mt Gambia to Adelaide where we were staying with family. lovely evening and a great sleep after driving more than 700km!!!
next day relatives took us round adelaide which is lovely -has lots of bad press but i really liked it, walked along the beach and around the city which is gorgeous.
then we were off to alice springs by the ghan train which takes hours and hours. its overnight and half of the next day too, but still cool to do and i'd recommend!
ok running out of time so will update the alice springs and ayres rock bit soon - yep done those too in the last few days. now back in sydney and off to climb the bridge tomorrow and visit manley!!! sooooooooo busy!!
hope u are all goood
love u lots
Location: Ayres Rock, Australia
Got up early in Alice to catch the greyhound bus to Ayres Rock. luckily managed to get 2 of the last 9 beds in the resort very last minute.....very lucky cos we hadnt bothered to book in advance and it turns out this time of yr is the most popular cos its cooler! the accommodation is a fortune in Ayres Rock because its so popular and its in the middle of nowhere they can charge what they like - we were paying the minimum of $42 each per nite....we could have had to pay up to $1500 tho which some ppl seriously paid! unbelievable!
anyway the resort was really nice but we dumped our bags and went to see the ROCK! which infact is massive, huge! we walked all around the base of 10km. its a great walk and u get to see some amazing geography its awesome!
nearly stayed the nite on the rock tho cos the bus forgot to pick us up...and two old ladies. so the of us sat there freezing for over an hour. finally a bus was sent out to find us and we got rushed to the lookout to see the sun set, tho there wasnt really one cos there was a fair bit of cloud but it is still a great view. very weird cos even right up close to it u cant fully grasp how big it is, as theres nothing to compare it to. but its very cool!
only one nite in Ayres rock so thought we should probably try their special kangaroo wrap! very yummy indeed!
checked out the following morning to find it pouring with rain. consequently the flight was delayed. was the most rain they'd had out in the desert for years!! crazy!
Location: Alice Springs, Australia
Ok so the Ghan train finally arrived in Alice Springs. Its not a bad journey at all and pretty comfy but u do want to get off by the end of it.
arrived in Alice to hot sunshine....apparently the hottest day in a while at 24 degrees! got to the hostel the Manuka right in the centre of the town and went straight out exploring. first thing was first......the flying doctor museum!!! oh yes and actually very interesting and informative. its very important that this service is kept going and benefits from donations cos central australia and the northern territories have so many isolated areas that people can only get help from this service.
then we went off to the reptile centre.. where i met my new best freind the puffing dragon lizard. i got to hold one and nearly slipped it into my bag!! they are so cute and eat all the bugs and spiders i hate... so ideal! found out australia houses 18 of the top 20 worlds poisoness snakes! saw a blue tongue lizard and a lizard that has a tail that looks like its head and its main defence is to confuse the preditor making it think its tail is its head and then poos in its mouth when it attacks!! lovely hey!! hehehe!
ooh saw a croc too!!
the next day we got ourselves on a tour around alice springs. it was a really really good tour with an aboriginal guide. they took us to the telegraph station, past the Todd river (which is dry), to the alice springs which is dry, but if u dig a little u can find fresh water. we got to see euros, these are a type of kangaroo and black footed wallabies too. they showed us a number of different types of plants that the aboriginals used to and still use for medicinal purposes, food and shelters. we were told all about what the areas of land mean in the dreamlands tales and how each aboriginal lives through the spirit in their type of land. we were then taken to a cultural centre where we watched an aborignal show which was awesome! billy got to try out the didgerydoo and i got to dance like an emu!! honestly!! was very funny! hehe! finally we were introduced to the aboriginal dot paintings. all in all a very busy and informative morning!
the afternoon we spent walking, walking and walking....in the very hot sunshine. we did 4 different walks through the bush totalling about 12km. we saw kangaroos about 5ft away and luckily didnt come across any snakes!
final thing to do was visit the baby kangaroo sanctury, where we got to hold these adorable things. they are so soft and cute a bit like rabbits but with longer legs!
well alice springs was just lovely but we had to move on to ayres rock next!