Northern Thailand and Laos with Stray

15 10 2012

Item’s I have learned today:

-In Laos culture, meals are shared. When you order food at a restaurant everything comes out at different times, as the locals eat family style.  Westerners have to put what we consider “being polite” aside, and not wait until everyone gets their food.. unless of course you’re a fan of eating a really cold meal.

-The concept of “there is always room for one more” should be official motto for any form of public transportation in SE Asia.

After wrapping up in Phi Phi (Thailand), it was off to Phucket for a few hours (literally.. just to catch a flight) and then to Chiang Mai.  Now, I LOVED Chiang Mai, but unfortunately I only had about a week before I was meeting Bex (former roommate and friend from Wellington) and Bekah (who I met while touring NZ) in Cambodia.  That gave me all of two days in Chiang Mai!  Luckily, I ended up meeting two girls on the overnight trip at Maya Bay who happened to be on my exact same flight (it’s funny how the SE Asia traveling circuit works.. you end up bumping into the same people, or ending up on the same path).  So I spent the day with Rebecca and Tamara and their friend John touring the temples.  In all honesty, I wish I had had a bit more time to explore, because it was a cool little spot.

Rebecca, Tamara and I

Rebecca, Tamara and I

I wanted to be able to fit Northern Laos into my trip.  I knew my time was limited, so I booked a tour with Stray.  I heard about Stray in New Zealand (it’s founded there). Stray is a hop on/hop off bus type deal, with the slogan of “off the beaten track.” At this point, I didn’t really care what track we went on, as long as it included the highlights of Northern Laos.

In the morning I met Yuval or “Wan” as he goes by in Laos, our tour leader, and the other four girls – Rachel and Shauna, friends from Uni in England, and Anna and Kim, sisters (also from England).  The journey began with a stop at the White Temple in Chiang Rai.  I saw A LOT of temples during my six weeks in SE Asia, but have never seen anything like Wat Rong Khun.

The White Temple in Chiang Rai

The White Temple in Chiang Rai

It is painted white for purity and covered in glass. The temple is designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat, and is expected to be finished in about 50 years.

Chalermchai Kositpipat Postcard and I

Chalermchai Kositpipat Postcard and I

The outside is covered with images and statutes of both good and bad (hell) if you will. Right before you cross the bridge into the temple you cross a sea of hands struggling to reach.

Crossing the Bridge

Crossing the Bridge

Wat Rong Khun is rich with symbolism derived from Buddhist and Hindu traditions.  Once you enter the main temple there are depictions of the “end of days” – chaos, fire and popular culture.  It’s a unique experience to walk around and see drawings of Harry Potter, Elvis, Neo (from the Matrix) and Superman on the temple walls!  The other cool thing about this temple, is that it is a work in progress.  Wan was saying that every time he goes back something new has been added. It’s pretty incredible now, so it will be amazing to see what it’s like when it’s completed!

White Temple - Wat Rong Khun

White Temple – Wat Rong Khun

Our next stop was Chiang Khong, a tiny little town on the border of Northern Thailand. It was here that we were deemed the
“spice girls” (as there were 5 of us).  We borrowed bikes from our guest house and went out to dinner, where I ordered a pizza that took about 2 hours to cook.  I was warned to not eat Western food in Asia, but I really wanted a Hawaiian pizza!  I have the extremely good habit of biting my finger nails (lol), so luckily my stomach is used to all kinds of bacteria. Even though the pizza took awhile to arrive, it was delicious 🙂

The next morning it was up nice and early to take a 30 second boat ride over to Laos (really, it was over before it even started) and become a millionaire.   It will probably be a once in a lifetime experience but I’m not gonna say it didn’t feel nice to have a million of the local currency in my wallet (or purse for all you Brits out there).  Yes… I easily admit that I am a nerd.

Thailand/Laos Border

Thailand/Laos Border

First stop in Laos was a tiny village where we bought sandwiches for our slow boat to Pak Beng.  Laos used to be a French colony, so because of that there were baguettes galore.  I loved the guy at the “store” (converted bottom of the house) where we bought our baguettes. He had quite a few signs to attract the “ladies”

The sign says "Don't forget me"

The sign says “Don’t forget me”

Now the slow boat was an interesting experience.  Luckily we got there earlier enough to save actual seats.  Just as I thought we were leaving and all seats were filled, a group of 50 backpackers rolled up.  Please see “items I’ve learned today” lol.  I didn’t think there was any way we could possibly fit them, or the locals that were transported, but some how they all got squeezed in.  Where?  Not sure?  Maybe the engine room, on the floor, on the top of the boat??? I have no idea, but miraculously room was made.

Some how 5,000,0002 people were squeezed onto this boat

Some how 5,000,0002 people were squeezed onto this boat

The slow boat was actually really beautiful. We spent the night in Pak Beng, and then rose early to head off to Ban Lad Khammune where we would be doing a home stay at the local village. It was nice to be floating along the Mekong river taking in the beautiful sites of Laos.  I was happy for this part of the adventure to be starting!

Mekong River - Laos

Mekong River – Laos

More to come.





Going to “The Beach” – Phi Phi Island

8 10 2012

Item’s I have learned today:

-There is the whole system of organised theives on the overnight bus journeys in SE ASIA.  If you have anything of value.. keep it on you (or as they so over there “on your person”! ) I met quite a few people who had money, souvenirs, electronics, you name it stolen out of their bags that they were storing underneath the bus

-Fox caused a lot of drama when filming “the beach” as they tried to make it look more “paradise like.”  Having been there, I would say that’s pretty unnecessary as the place was AMAZING. damn film studios.. lol.

Lounging in Koh Phi Phi

Lounging in Koh Phi Phi

After a few days in Bangkok, it was off on an overnight bus adventure to Phi Phi Island (an Island on the West Coast of Thailand).  I hauled my backpack and gear to the travel office and waited. I should have known from the venture to my “bus,” that it was going to be an interesting journey. First off, I was supposed to leave from outside the travel agency at 6pm.. someone finally showed up to “escort me” around 6:45pm.  Next, my walking escort decided the walk was too far, got on a motorbike, sped down the alleys… and ever so politely occasionally slowed down so I could catch up (let me remind you I was carrying massive amounts of crap).  We ended up in one place, the motorbike escort determined it was wrong, so we walked to another.  On arrival at our second “pick up” location, Motorbike tour person realised that the first stop was the right place, and asked if I wanted to hop on the back of the motorbike. Um, Hello? Maria and coordination, and motorbikes in foreign countries are never going to be a good match, let alone when I have a 20k backpack on! So I trekked back to the original destination to board the bus. SUCH FUN. Not that I ever complain.. ever. But come on now? I’m not exactly the worlds buffest person.. so having a fun little adventure stroll with my massive back pack wasn’t exactly my idea of the best time ever.  Once I was finally on board….I pretty much had anything I cared about in a bag on my lap.. the only thing that actually went under the bus was my clothes.  The person next to me LOVED this. but whatever. I wanted to keep my personal belongings thank you very much!

The bus left at about 7:30pm.. we had a few stops.. took a late night break and then arrived some where else at 5:00am.  When I booked my ticket, I was told that it would be a bus and boat ride, and that I would arrive on Phi Phi Island by 11:00am the next day.  Well this wonderful little morning stop lasted 90 mins while we waited for bus number two.  We then drove for a few hours until we got to a travel agency where (surprise, surprise) we had to wait for bus number three.  This apparently happens all time. Tour companies will arrange the bus journeys, but you will make all sorts of “pit stops” where there is nothing but a travel agency or food.  The idea is that hopefully you book more, or buy something.  Finally after another hour, our third bus comes and we are off to the dock.  The boat departs at 1:00pm.  We get there around 4:00pm.   Not exactly 11!  I was fine, as I wasn’t on any sort of deadline, but I felt really bad for a couple I met on bus number three.  They only had a few days, this was supposed to be a nice romantic get away for them.. and they had lost a full day on our wonderful little bus excursion… oh the joy.

Reyana, a friend that I made while touring around New Zealand recommended a hostel called the rock.  She warned me that the beds are like rocks, but that I would walk in and make an instant group of friends.  Considering the fact that I was hot and cranky, I seriously doubted that I would form any serious friendships.. but she was right.  I walked in all tired and sweaty and was immediately followed by Lucy and Katie.  We bonded over our shared hatred for the stairs that led up to the dorm room, then immediately decided to head down to the beach.

Phi Phi island is a small island with out any cars. Everything is carried around in these huge trolleys.  It’s amusing because when you are in the way, the Thai drivers will literally just yell out “beep beep.”  The beach is beautiful, although it is slightly unnerving that a huge garbage pile boat lies smack dab in the middle of it… contaminated much? But on a hot day, when I had just lugged my 20k backpack around and climbed a butt load of stairs, I didn’t care. The water was warm and felt heavenly.. even if I was surrounded by yesterdays garbage (lol, aren’t I doing a great job of selling the place?)

It was then back to the hostel to meet the other roommates and head out on the town. The great thing about the rock is that it really does become an instant community as everyone is similar (well in the sense that we are from all over the world, on a budget, and travelling).    Phi Phi comes alive at night, with numerous parties on the beach and fire dances (where locals have batons made of fire and put on shows.. usually to trance music).

Entrance to our overnight camping trip (on the beach)

Entrance to our overnight camping trip (on the beach)

Reyana had also recommended doing an overnight camping trip at a place called Maya Bay.  Maya Bay is where they filmed the movie “The Beach.”  Aurelia, one of the girl’s staying at The Rock wanted to do the trip as well, so we booked it together.  Maya Bay has become an insanely popular tourist destination, with 5,000,0002  companies doing day tours out there. (I’m really not exaggerating…. all that much) The nice thing about doing the over night camping trip.. is that we had the beach to ourselves, it was literally just the tour group.  Although I do wish it had been a bit longer as the group was big and we were a bit segregated, but it was still amazing.

The overnight trip consisted of arriving just as all the day trips were leaving, having a pot luck dinner, doing a “jungle trek…” LOL now that one was amusing. I proceeded to change from my dress into pants and shoes… what I didn’t realise was that this trek was on a regular pathway with lights all along the side.. it was more like a leisurely stroll through the woods.. but hey, was still a good time.. although the gear change was completely un-neccessary.

We then all relaxed, took in the sites, and  of course went for a late night swim.  I almost forgot about the plankton!!  They are these little microscopic fish, but when you make movement they sparkle.. so literally it feels like you are swimming with fairy dust… straight out of a disney movie.  Probably one of the coolest experiences I had on the whole trip.

Maya Bay and I

Maya Bay and I

That and of course spending the night under the stars on the beach… that part was absolutely phenomenal..  you know just the small things in life 🙂  If you ever get a chance to make it to Thailand.. I highly recommend the overnight trip to Maya Bay.. it still has become a bit more touristy than years past. but at the same time, I am really really glad I had a chance to do it.





Spending my Birthday in the Land of Smiles – Thailand

28 09 2012

Item’s I have learned today (Ok, I apparently lied in my last entry.. I kinda sorta need to bring this  back for the tales of SE Asia)

-The freeway is apparently considered a restroom for cab drivers. No joke, I saw at least 3 in Bangkok in my first few hours on the side of the road…relieving themselves.

-The shoulder of the freeway becomes a lane in traffic… or should I just say is a lane.

– tuk tuk = don’t really know how to explain it… here’s a pic

Our VIP tut tut

Our VIP tuk tuk

-Health and Safety in Thailand pretty much just doesn’t exist… period.  Seatbelts? Life Jackets? Not so much.

we wear our sunglasses inside

we wear our sunglasses inside

I left New Zealand (after saying goodbye to the fam… one of my “siblings” Michelle is pictured above)  arrived in Bangkok on my birthday (August 6th.. it’s still strange for me to write the month in front of the day as I have had two years of doing the opposite).  As I have difficulties sleeping on planes, I rang it in passing out in the airport followed by my hostel. SUPER EXCITING.

Let me back up a bit.  I decided to have a last 6 week adventure before my return to the real world aka Seattle.

Rudy and I in Singapore

Rudy and I in Singapore

I arrived in Singapore on August 5th. I went out to dinner with a friend that I originally met at the very start of my travels in Australia, Rudy. I literally met him on day 1 in Melbourne, so it was kind of full circle to see him at the end of this particular adventure.  That being said… I neglected to tell him it was birthday, went to the airport, passed out and landed bright and early in BKK at 7am (I’m a great friend.. I know).

Taking in the sights

Taking in the sights

My first day in Bangkok I was excited, but nervous.  Here I was doing this six week adventure on my own. Yes, I had moved to two different countries (well technically three if you include England), but there is a TOTAL difference between moving somewhere and going on holiday.  I was taking a vacation alone… by myself… all on my lonesome.  I don’t even like going to bars/movies by myself, and I was planning on taking on SE Asia?? Plus it was my birthday.

So I woke up, went downstairs, and immediately starting introducing myself to people… lol. I’m not kidding. I am not necessarily the worlds most out going person, but when I need to, I can step outside of my comfort zone. I ended up meeting a really cool girl named Thais from Brazil, and Michelle from England.  We went out to dinner and then called it a night.  Not a very exciting birthday I realize, but I did spend it in two different countries… thank you very much!

Golden Palace

Grand Palace

Next day it was up nice early to tour the various temples in Bangkok. I went to the grand palace and the temple of the Emerald Buddah, which I can honestly say out of 6 weeks in SE Asia ended up being my favorite temple (outside of Angkor Wat).  Thais and I ended up getting there just in time for an English speaking tour guide.   Our tour guide was a prime example as to why Thailand is known as the land of smiles.  She was amazing, filling us in on bits and pieces of Thai history (like the fact that the King changes the Emerald Buddah’s clothing for each one of the three seasons) while having such a warm and friendly presence. I fell in love, even if she happened be a 60 year old Thai woman.. technical details 🙂

The day was finished by taking a river cruise.  We ended up spending around 500 baht for our “own personal tour”  Considering it was just Thais and I, we had no need for a romantic little rendez-vous on the river.  It also didn’t help that we soon learned of the public ferries that run for about 10 baht… ahfjaskfas.   Hey, we will just chalk it up to beginners NON-luck.   At least when I got ripped off I wasn’t dragged to some random jewelry store by a tuk tuk driver, forced to buy something (yes.. that does actually happen). I got a sunset “cruise” (and by cruise, I mean ancient wooden boat I was worried would crash and break…. literally every time we went over a wave).. but hey it was fun!

My very last day in Bangkok was spent going to the floating markets. I met a girl from Canada at reception the day before.  Our conversation went like this:

Me – “what’s that?” (she was looking through a tour book.. and this was the first time I had ever seen her/spoken to her EVER)

Girl – “Oh, it’s the floating markets, something that Thailand is well known for”

Me – “huh.. are you going to go?”

Girl – “I was thinking about going tomorrow morning”

Me – “I just might join you”

Girl – “Let me guess.. you’re travelling alone?”

And there you have it.  The pretty typical Maria invite herself/attempt to make friends over the next 6 weeks story.  The next day I woke up nice and early to meet Monica (formerly known as girl) to go on our floating market adventure.  After the romantic boat cruise from the night before, I neglected to get a paddle boat at the market but felt like I got just about the same experience.

Floating Market in Thailand

Floating Market in Thailand

It is kind of crazy to see people cooking and serving drinks while in paddle boats. I was told that they can be quite aggressive salesman while on the water too!  I could see it happening though, you don’t really have any where you can go when your stuck in a boat, especially in traffic jam. It would be hard to constantly fend off the “hey lady.. you want some scarves?? Buy something from me!”  or the ever present “Discount for you… discount for YOU!!” followed by “how much you want?”

I did manage to pick up a hand bag for my mother as well as have coffee at Madame Paew.  I absolutely loved this place, because not only did the Madame Paew have pictures of herself plastered all over the place, she was also the cashier.  And her pictures would read something like “Madame and a Movie Star!!” Lol.. apparently she was WAY more important than said movie star.  Pfft who needs a name when you are pictured next to Madame Paew.

After returning to Bangkok that evening, it was off to pack and prepare for my overnight bus and boat over to Phi Phi Island where I would be spending my next few days.

More to come 🙂





The Return to Seattle

21 09 2012

Now I know I am supposed to be writing about all that was SE Asia and its amazingness, I am finding myself wanting to write about the present.  Don’t fear faithful few readers, I will eventually write about Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, i just might take me a few years lol.

Also “Item’s I have learned today” may eventually have to come to a close as I am back at home and obviously already know everything (kidding, kidding).

For this entry it will read – “things I previously hadn’t noticed about America”

– Pedestrians really do have the right away.  I was thanked the other day for stopping and letting a car turn as I was crossing the street.. that wouldn’t happen anywhere else (or more specifically in SE Asia).. if you don’t stop… you get hit… end of sentence.. full stop.

-People take ‘National Pirate Day” VERY SERIOUSLY over here

-On a bus or in a coffee shop it’s considered perfectly natural to scream your conversation even if you are only sitting a few feet away from the person you’re talking to.  Appparently it’s very important to make sure that everyone around you can hear your entire conversation. Yesterday I learned all about how to write a non-fiction book, the best techniques in creating lesson plans, as well as the juicey gossip of some 16 year olds love life.  Good times.

Angkor Wat and I

Angkor Wat and I

It is now day 4 for me back at home.  For some reason I thought it would be hard for me to adjust, it’s not like I don’t miss New Zealand and Australia (because I do.. a lot), but surprisingly I am OK with being at home.   I have managed to go to the doctor, renew my drivers license, get re-connected to world (as all of my technology.. i.e. my i-touch and netbook could not handle SE Asian heat), and do a bit of necessary shopping.

This weekend.. the job hunt begins.  This is what I have been avoiding for the last two years.  I worked while down under, but the jobs I had were designed just to save money to travel, I wasn’t bothered about how they would look on my resume and what they could lead to next.  Now everything changes.  I also need to start working on my cover letter.  I am horrible at talking about myself (it might seem hard to believe if you have read a few entries of my blog, but it’s true.)  So to try to convince a potential employer how amazing I am in a few short paragraphs when I am not so great at selling myself is going to be an interesting feat.

The apartment hunt will also begin soon, but first comes the employment one.   Originally I was worried about having to rush to find a place to take my cat back.  I have a ragdoll named Sam that my friend Pam and her husband took in.  Now I love Sam, but he has become an outdoor cat.  Whatever place I find, I guarantee it will not have some outdoor area that I would feel comfortable letting Sam explore.  He has also come to feel at home with Pam and her husband Paul, so when they emailed they other day saying that if I wasn’t able to take him back they would be OK with keeping him, I was some what relieved.  Don’t get me wrong,  I love Sam, and I would love to have him back, but I was worried about the transition, and I know he his happy with his new family, and most importantly.. I can go visit!

I almost forgot the joys of moving and starting all over again.. it’s not so much fun. But the plus side is that I am surrounded by friends and family who are making it all a bit better piece by piece.  It’s strange to be back in Seattle after living away for the last two years.. but I must say at the moment it’s quite nice to be home (although I am just waiting for the travellers bug to kick back in).

Will keep everyone posted.. and wish me luck!





My Attempt at Photo Journaling – Bits of Thailand and Laos

20 08 2012
Floating Market in Thailand

Floating Market in Thailand

Lounging in Koh Phi Phi

Lounging in Koh Phi Phi

Entrance to our overnight camping trip (on the beach)

Entrance to our overnight camping trip (on the beach)

Maya Bay

Maya Bay

Spent the night here - its where "the beach" was filmed

Spent the night here – its where “the beach” was filmed

The White Temple in Chang Rai

The White Temple in Chang Rai

Slow Boat on the way to Luang Prabang (Laos)

Slow Boat on the way to Luang Prabang (Laos)

Mekong River - Laos

Mekong River – Laos

Baci Ceremony at Ban Lad Khammune (village in Laos)

Baci Ceremony at Ban Lad Khammune (village in Laos)

Leaving the village

Leaving the village

Pak Ou Cave with over 4000 buddahs

Pak Ou Cave with over 4000 buddahs





Saying goodbye to Wellington… (and getting the best gift ever)

3 08 2012

Item’s I have learned today

Pounamu = greenstone/jade

My Pounamu - Toki (adze)

My Pounamu – Toki (adze)

So you can not buy yourself your own Pounamu it is considered bad luck.  You also can not put it on yourself. I had just about a week left here (today is my last day.. I’m  just trying to tell this story to its fullest), and I had literally walked into work thinking of how I really wanted my own piece of greenstone to bring home with me.  I obviously was not going to buy one for myself, nor did I want to tell someone “hey, I really want a greenstone pendant will you please please buy me one? thanks.”

Fast forward to my last Whānau group meeting at LINZ. If you have read any of my previously posts, you would know that I have recently become very heavily involved in the Whānau group at work, even to the extent of performing infront of the company at our Matariki (Māori new year) celebrations. I had expected a few hugs, and we wish you wells, and maybe possibly a card at the last Whānau Group meeting.. what I got.. was what I had cosmically wished for.. my very own pounamu.

I literally could not stop smiling the rest of the day. Each piece has a spiritual meaning, and the one that I was given signifies strength, confidence and triumph during times of adversity. I am not an overly spiritual person, but I really do feel a calming presense wearing this. It was given to me over a week ago, and I seriously don’t know if I will ever take it off.

Honestly, I know New Zealand and Australia have all been about new experiences, but being presented with this, and getting to know the Whānau group, and saying  goodbye to my New Zealand Whānau (who I have been informed will now be my Whānau (family) for life) will be something I remember forever.

I know I don’t look very happy in the picture above.. I’ve just finished packing and organising my room… but I wanted to be able to provide a visual of the gift that I love.

I will write soon about my feelings about leaving the city that I have called home for the past year or so.. until then.





It’s all about the haka… and maybe a little reunion

23 07 2012

Item’s I have learned today:

pulled = kissed/hooked up with

nibbles = appetizers (kind of sad that this now incorporated into my vocab, and I only thought to include it here when a friend from home didn’t know what the hell I was talking about)

I had my own little kiwi bus reunion a few weeks ago.  For those of you who didn’t know I toured around on one of those big green buses that all Kiwi’s love (… and by love I mean hate) for two months when I first got to New Zealand (for shame.. ) Anyway. I had a blast on said embarrassing, touristy bus known for young crazy shenanigans and had a mini reunion with Bekah (who I originally met in Auckland at the  very start of this trip) and Nic.

Bekah and Nic are both living in Australia and flew over for the test All Blacks Match vs. Ireland.  The most recent theme in my life is the fact that I seem to be attending or watching rugby every single weekend.. not because of my undying love for it… but because of my friends.  That weekend was no exception.

Nic, the ghost of Bekah and I at the match

Nic, the ghost of Bekah and I at the match

I flew out of Wellington and into Christchurch on the smallest plane that I have ever been on.  I was row 15. I remember thinking how awesome that was because I would be one of the first people off the plan… hah.  It was the LAST row.    Flight was 50 minutes… it was literally over as soon as we fully ascended

Bekah, Nic and I all arrived in Christchurch right around the same time.  We then proceeded to hire a car, and drive 6 hours to Queenstown arriving just after 11:00pm.  Brilliant idea right??  We only had four days in the South Island, so if 12 hours  were spent driving and listening to rugby anthems (not kidding,  found a cd for .97 cents at discount store.. I didn’t even know rugby anthems existed??) so that we could spend time in the place that we loved… so be it.

I had WAY more appreciation for Queenstown the second time around. Don’t get me wrong I still had an amazing time when I first went there back in November, I just seemed to some how take more in this time.  Plus it’s winter now, so it had that whole cold/snow/Christmas in July feel to it.

breakfast in queenstown.. ferg burger

breakfast in queenstown.. ferg burger

mid-bite

mid-bite

The only issue? I some how managed to catch a bug while there which made me a sh*t ton of fun let me just say. Sick, cranky Maria = not so much fun too hang out with.   So we spent one night and day in Quesnstown.  Having a car we were able to drive around a bit, explore Arrow-town and head back up to Christchurch early Saturday morning for the game.

It took a bit of time to figure out where the hostel in Christchurch was as the city centre is still pretty much closed off.  We arrived just in time to change,  layer up and go (if I hadn’t mentioned it before, it was FREEZING).  I was seriously debating staying in as I was old cold and fluey but I couldn’t miss my first (and possibly only) All Blacks game.  I was more excited to see the haka than the game, but hey.. I was still excited!  Not quite as excited as Nic who I literally thought was going to have a heart attack but still…

game time

game time

The cool part about this particular game was that it was the first All Blacks game in Christchurch since the earthquake. They opened a new stadium and we got to be there for the opening night. The atmosphere was amazing, although a bit cold.

It was also quite festive with the Irish supporters just as vocal as the All Black ones. And Ireland played well, so the game with actually quite fun to watch.. ending in an all blacks victory but not a slaughter.

bekah stealing some married dudes flag.. no joke :)

bekah stealing some married dudes flag.. no joke 🙂

Afterwords, I attempted to make it out, but the cold and fever caught up with me.. so Bekah and I headed back to the hostel.

The next day we ventured back down to Cashel mall and then to Nic’s cousin’s house for a roast.  A warm living room and a roast dinner sounded absolutely fantastic.

After that we all parted ways, with me flying back to Welly, and the girls headed to Sydney for a few days. Even though the weekend was slightly dampered by the flu, it was still really nice to see Bekah and Nic again, and knock off another thing off the bucket list.. a rugby world cup champions match 🙂








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