“Hi, this is Kevin from Alfriston Camping!” “Oh, uh, hi!” “Let me book you in for this weekend” “Wha…? What? Oh, okay.” And hence the South Downs Way chose itself to be my second overnight camp/hike trip in the UK. I hadn’t been meaning to book a trip but I had been considering it. I wanted to check whether they accepted solo hikers on a … Continue reading We’re Halfway There! – South Downs Way Section Hike – Lewes>Eastbourne
I may have only just decided to embark on this journey, but I am already prepared in certain ways for a thru-hike of this magnitude. Not due to any physical or mental strength. Not because I’ve done something similar. But because I have a weird obsession with the Ultralight hiking blogs and PCT blogs in general. I’ve been reading about these mysterious American adventurers for … Continue reading Te Araroa 18/19 NOBO Gear List
If anyone was actually interested in my story that’s what I’d expect the headlines to read. Alas, no one is interested in my story so a sensationalised headline is not my future. Hence, I must write the story myself. Born and raised in Wanganui, New Zealand with as much resentment for the place as one might expect for a citizen who lived through the Michael … Continue reading Traitorous Kiwi Returns to ‘Rediscover Herself’ in Epic Homeland Adventure
I wake early and the jetlag I thought I would avoid by staying up for 22hours has forced itself on me. Maxine has a place in mind for brekkie that’s a local hotspot. People line up outside and they have eggs bene. That’s all I need to be convinced this is the best brunch place in Vancouver. We walk 10minutes down the road and only … Continue reading DAY 2: Vancouver – Oh Yeah… This is Who I Am!
The lead up to my trip was so chaotic that I barely remembered I would be sitting on a plane for 10hrs. But remember I did. I loaded up my laptop with movies and video games and headed out the door at 8am making it to the airport in good time. The plane was a lot smaller than I expected but fairly empty meaning that … Continue reading Vancouver: DAY 1 – How Am I Even Awake?
£17.50 That’s all I’ve got this week. Usually my budget is small (thanks London and Japanese employers) but not quite this minuscule. Unfortunately, due to a number of unforeseen costs (new glasses, non-zone 3-5 transport, and a few events) my usual monthly food/social budget of £280 was reduced to £150. At the start of the month I thought that roughly £37.50 a week wouldn’t be … Continue reading £17.50 Grocery List (aka. Living Rich in London)
Today’s Theme: ‘All Good Things…’ My last day. So soon? I woke this morning feeling fairly relaxed but just the tiny bit anxious about how the St Patrick’s Day festivities might impede on my travel plans. I ate the last of my supplies (smoked salmon and cream cheese on a gluten free/wheat free bun) and hung out for much longer than necessary in the hostel. I’ve … Continue reading Killarney: DAY 6 – All Good Things
Today’s theme: ‘reunion’ After a dramatic morning in the hostel of fire alarms and fire trucks (the chimney started a fire in the roof…) an impromptu trip to Limerick it is! It’s a grey and rainy day so I quite fancied the idea of sitting on a bus and having been to Cork already I liked the idea of going somewhere new. The bus for … Continue reading Killarney: DAY 5 – Reunion
Today’s Theme: ‘I guess I’m a loner; confirmed’ I should be used to shared dorm life by now but this morning was still a rude awakening. Noise I can handle but light is just rude at such an ungodly hour. But I have nowhere to go until 10.30 this morning anyway so I go down to the dining room and chat to others about their … Continue reading Killarney: DAY 4 – I Guess I’m a Loner; confirmed
Today’s Theme: ‘Going Off the Beaten Track’ I woke at a decent time but was no where near ready to get going until around 11am. But the sun was shining and the outdoors beckoning so I decided to grab a cheap lunch deal from Dunnes Store for €3.50 and take it on a walk out to Ross Island. I took a minor detour to start … Continue reading Killarney: DAY 3 – Going Off the Beaten Track