600 Days in London

After 600 days in London (over a quarter spent elsewhere), it’s time for this Antipodean to return to the Antipodes. That means the start of a new era for this blog – I’ll have more time to write other kinds of travel content rather than focusing 99% on destination guides in order to keep up […]

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The Olympics Without a Ticket

Like most Londoners, I missed out on tickets to the Olympics. I tried dozens of times and fell flat. But where there’s a will there’s a way, and there are still  loads of reasons it’s awesome to be in London during the Olympics – even if you can’t catch any of the events in person. Reason #1: […]

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A Very Soggy Jubilee

Convinced that London was the place to be over Jubilee weekend, I resisted the urge to book a trip elsewhere. In my head, it was going to be the Summer Christmas I never got, complete with Pimm’s in the park and a royal flotilla. But unfortunately, the sun disagreed with me. So, the barbecue lunch became an […]

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Life Lesson #43 – Mad Dash

You can call me Usain. This is me. For real. When you fly Ryanair on a non-EU passport, you have to get a visa-check stamp when you arrive at the airport, before going through security. Every other airline does it just before you board. This means that if you’re silly enough to forget to get […]

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A Year of Superlatives

Today is exactly one year since I said ka kite ano to Aotearoa and my whanau. Or, in English, since we abandoned everyone and fled to the other side of the world.A lot has happened. I’ve been unbelievably fortunate enough to spend 125 days travelling out of 366, covering over 64,000 km. There have been […]

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Murder Mystery Weekend

I loved Cluedo, and I love Downton Abbey. So the idea of a live-action murder mystery in a big old English country manor was irresistible. I bought us a pair of tickets on the spot back in June, but was somewhat bemused, when I rang, to find out that they were so popular there were […]

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Waitangi Snow

I hear Zoe shriek with excitement. Rushing into the living room, I realise she’s peering out the open window at a thick haze of spiralling snowflakes. Horizontal snow fogging the lens on Westminster Bridge. Like a true antipodean, I put on my warm clothes immediately. Before I’ve finished, I’ve had an excited txt from Kat […]

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Leo in London: Part II

I’ve heard about nothing but da Vinci all week. Ever since missing out on tickets on Saturday, Paul’s been miserable. But he’s got a plan. eBay: where everyone’s a winner.We agree on a top price and only get into one argument during the bidding. I even pause Glee to find out if we’ve won. I’m a little […]

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