ok just leaving NY. have changed my flights so im now arriving in Sydney on the 6th at 10 am. This is a day earlier than first expected. Il be staying in sydney friday night and leaving saturday afternoon at 6pm.
fam, let me know who will be in the city on friday if anyone. il be staying at the Holiday Inn Lido, Beijing. If you call there and leave a message for me or just email me.
Location: New York, USA
Well, the Caribbean is now just a memory and the tan has started to fade already. Missed the kiwi game today but heard they won in under 30 overs so sounds all good!
This lady started talking to me in Antiguan airport. She sounded American and was very well to do so was surprised when she said she was a kiwi but had been living in NY for 15 years. When I got out at NY airport she was their with her husband and daughter. They offered me a lift which I gladly accepted. Turns out they were very well to do. They live in an apartment on in the heart of NY. They got picked up by their "driver" which I guess was like the equivelant of a Crown car sort of thing in NZ. Not sure exactly waht "Bob" the husband does but she mentioned he was looking at a promotion to be in cahrge of Traffic Control for NY city so im guessing some sort of government something. Anyway, they were lovely and they went out of their way and dropped me to the door of my Hostel. Its the best feeling in the world meeting people like that who are genuinely nice and interested in helping others. She was reminciting about her solo travels as a young woman. Ahhhh! What a feel good moment!
Ok so its 9pm, time for a slice of pizza and a beer then sleep. Still havent sorted out my flight for tomorrow so hopefully it all turns out ok. Im just going to front at the airport and hope for the best. They have to let me on, right?? So if it works out tomorrow il be in Sydney a day earlier than planned and will stay for a whole night and day which will give me more of a chance to catch up with people that i want too.
ok will keep you posted,
Location: Antigua & Barbuda
Well my time in the Caribbean is drawing to a close. I leave tomorrow morning being monday. Had a great time, highlight probably the NZ V Windies game. The atmosphere at game was much better than Aus game unfortunately as the oz game was rained out.
Anyway, its been good and would deinately recommend the caribbean to anyone looking to see something different and just relax.
So the massive journey home begins. NY tomoorw followed by beijing again (il know to steer clear of dodgey drivers this time!!!) then into sydney. I am attempting to change my flights slightly so i get a full day in sydney instead of just a few hours but we will see. (for family that are coming to see me at airport ill keep u in the loop re: any changes)
Location: rex halycon resort, Antigua & Barbuda
well the fun continues. oz won their game which im sure your all aware of. Seeing hayden hit 150 something was a highlight.!! lara was good but not that good.
nz game today was outstanding. nz wiped the floor with the windies. looks like they'll be out now which is no good for the locals.
resort is still good AS. IV TAKEN HEAPS OF PHOTOS BUT CANT WORK OUT HOW TO POST THEM ON THIS SITE SO WONT. to pauvla, sounds like your still having good times, not long til your back in welly! to maca, very disapointed in your lack of appearence on this site. to think i was going to buy u a present over here!!!!!
to anne and work people............. il be back soon, no one worry!!!! haha
to mum and dad, u guys are only ones really getting on this sit so thank u...nothing like family eh!!
ok, all day harbour cruise tomorrow so sleep time. hope all is good wherever u are reading this
Location: Halycon Cove Resort, Antigua & Barbuda
well, im here!
I can't begin to describe this place. Its exactly how you imagine it would be. Our resort spills out onto our private beach. there are jet ski's, catamarans, whatever you want to use all just sitting on the beach. We have our own bar which is on the sand. Guy called "yard dog" runs it and will pretty much sell you whatever you want.........if you get my drift.
There is a wharf that goes out into the water with a restaurant on the end. Up and down the beach, other resorts have the same set up so u just cruise up and down the beach bar hopping and chatting with people. Its fairly good!!!!
I arrived yesterday and jonni picked me up and airport. On the way in he broke a few bits of good news to me. He got a double room so i wasnt sleeping on the floor, he got me tickets to all games and last but not least, he had signed me up to play an exhibition sort of match, all the media crew vewrsus the Legends of West Indies team. The likes of Sir Vivian Richards, etc etc. So to say im excited would be a slight understatement!
For the first time this trip jet lag is playing havoc with my mind. I woke at 4am and have been up since. Game day today, first game of the Super 8's. Ill be in the Party Stand. Its Oz V West Indies, both teams are stayiong at our Resort so should be an interesting night tonight after the game. Have met the entire on ground camera crew and they said they will find me in the crowd and give me planty of airtime so keep your eyes on the game and if someone could record it would be awesome.
Ok, breaky time, better be off.
Not missing work (sorry Anne) but definately missing the people and family. Trips like this you wish you could share it with everyone!
Location: New York, USA
ok, im back.
NY is awesome city. So much to see. Every corner seems to have a building or place that is famous for something. My hostel is right outside Maddison Square Garden so nice and central.
Met some kiwis on the plane who are going to antigua for world cup too so met up with them last night for what started out as a few sneaky beers but soon developed into a full blown booze up! Finshed up in Times Square around 4am! Good times. So far ive done a city bus tour (perfect seeing im feeling a bit worse for wear today and walking just wasnt an option!), I ve eaten one of those huge slices of pizza, i had a donut, iv hailed and caught a yellow cab " uptown", Ive been lost on the Subway and after 1.5 hours, ended up in Harlem! (not as scary as i thought but prob wouldnt go back!) and Ive been to a comedy club! im thinkin i may head to times square tonight and see if i can get some cheap broadway tickets but not sure if that will happen.
seen empire state and will hopefully be going to the top tonight as the view is meant to be amazing. saw statue of liberty from a distance, trump towers..the list goes on!
Its a fast paced city thats for sure. Saw the Sheridan Hotel, 3000 rooms! Huge, imagine doing the papers!!!!!!
So thats about all for now. no plans for tonight, off to caribbean tomorrow. cant wait!
Location: New York, USA
im here. hasn't been the greatest experience so far. bit frustrated and tired at moment so il let u know im here and safe and il fill u in with details later.
Location: Biejing, China
well Im half way there. woke up in wellington at 4am friday and some 24 hours, 3 planes, 4 airports, 2 transfers (travel agant never mentioned stopping in shanghai!) 4 plane meals, 223 pages of book, 3.5 movies and 2 hours sleep later I arrived ar Beijing airport.
Met a really interesting guy called Frank at Sdney airport (older guy, HR specialist) who threw me a curve ball by saying no taxis's ran after midnight in Beijing. So as im leaving the airport at 0115 u can understand I was a little concerned. To my relief I was met but about 100 or so taxis at the door so all was good.
As i tried to eye up the least "dodgey" looking one a guy grabbed my arm and said " taxi, taxi, I take u, no bother! No bother!". I applauded his intiative and " anticipating guest need" so I decided to go with him. So he turned me round and began walking me to an unlit, unoccupied area of the carpark. I stopped and told him I get a "real cab" but he insisted, so I trusted him.(maca will know this trust thing has got me in strife before!!haha) Anyhow, he wasnt a taxi driver, his car was unmarked but he seemed really friendly and said he was cheaper. He even showed me his card, so I went. (sounds stupid now that I write it!) ALl was sweet, apart from him not believing in indicators he was safe. He did try to convince me to stay at a different hotel that was closer to airport though?? weird from a guy getting a fare based on distance!) we negotiated....well he said a price and I said maybe. 200RMB. (was that cheap? I didnt know, forgot to check exchange rate!!) Cut a long story short we ended up having a argument in the lobby of Hotel at 0100 in the morning. Turms out trip should have been 60RMB. (il have a $100 triple 3 to wellington airport thanks!! haha) so i gave him 100rmb to shut him up and went to bar for a cc and dry.
So i slept for 3 hours and woke at 0630 to excited to sleep.
I have 2.5 hrs to get to town, have a look and get to airport to get plane to NY so I better go.
Hope the fun continues!!!!
Miss u all
Location: sydney )airport), Australia
Well in transit at moment, nothing to exciting happened yet. Flight from nz was fine. Small hitch at check in when lady told me I needed a visa to get out of airport in beijing and the u.s. After about 10 minutes she realised she was wrong and i was off.
Next flight to china will be a mission, will report from downtown beijing!
Location: Antigua, Antigua & Barbuda
This is where im heading!!!! So excited
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
As this is my first diary entry il give those of you who don't know me that well a quick update.
Been living in NZ for just over 3 years now. In this time I have travelled around the counrty quite a bit. Ive been around the entire South Island one 1 1/2 times, except for right down the bottom around Invergargill and Bluff. (Heard its really nice though) Ive traveeled to New Plymoth/Taranaki twice and even surfed in the middle of winter with snow capped mountains in the background. Been snowboarding (attempting too anyway!!) at Whakapapa (pronouced "fuc-a-pup-a"). Been through Taupo too. Spent time in Napier and Martinborough, the wine country.
With work, Ive spent majority of time in Wellington, my favourite city in the world.............so far.
Most of you will know all that already and be wondering why I started this page. Reason is, in 10 days il be seting off to the Caribbean for the cricket World Cup. I have stop overs in Beijing and New York so hopefully I will experience some amazing sights and stories.
So right now im in prep stage, keep checking this site as the adventure starts in under two weeks.