Tag/category: Travel

Queenstown and Doubtful Sound

Queenstown, in the south west corner of the South Island and the gateway to the two ‘Sounds‘ — Milford and Doubttful — only made my itinerary because so many said I ‘must go’. After the earlier misfires my hopes were, well let’s say neutral. But I needn’t have worried: Queenstown was marvellous and my overnight […]

Lake placid?

In an Aron Ralston-style fit of athletic hubris today I found myself in dicey waters and very nearly up a creek without a paddle. Not that I want to over-state it; of course it wasn’t anywhere near as epic, gruesome, drawn-out or extreme as 127 Hours, and the denouement nothing like. But having seen the […]


Well I’m a week or so clear of Auckland now and have covered so much ground that it seems much longer. I can’t say I love it as a city or as a tourist destination, but to say I didn’t have a good time would be churlish. As described, there was the Waiheke Island visit, […]

Sydney will you marry me?

I loooove Australia. Every time I visit it feels like coming home. And in my opinion Sydney is the jewel in its crown and as close to perfect a city as you can get. Any city that esteems an opera house its cultural and architectural apogee and where the life criss-crosses above, below and alongside […]

Another day in Singapore

Well it turns out I DID get a second day of remote working after all – though┬ánot by design… My day started well, waking up on time, tired but acclimatising to the timezone, easily hailing a taxi for the airport, having the friendliest cabbie give me a driving tour of Singapore pointing out the 50-storey […]

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