A Photoessay of Vindication

My Mum is the biggest fan of this blog, and she is unfailingly positive about the stories I write here. But last time I visited Singapore, I wrote a post about the little patches of colour that crop up all over the city, that aren’t part of the steel and glass skyline that many people … Read more

Drivers side with stickers, Goodwood Motor Circuit

Procuring a Polo

By the time we arrived at Heathrow, two of our precious rally preparation days had been taken up in transit, and (most) thoughts of tourist-ing it up in a city that Wade and I have both had the opportunity to fall in love with previously, vanished like Wade’s luggage. Instead, we would be spending the … Read more

Airplane stairs not working - Etihad, Abu Dhabi

The saga continues

Call me naïve, but there was a part of me that thought that when we got on the plane that would be the end of the dramas; that our layovers would be smooth and straightforward; and, that having had all that extra time to sort everything out, Etihad would make sure that there was nothing … Read more

Boarding gate, Hong Kong airport

Sometimes you win…

Sometimes you lose. And sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference when you’re in it. We were scheduled to leave Hong Kong at 6:55pm on Sunday evening, arriving in London at 7:35am Monday morning, with a couple of hours in Abu Dhabi in the middle of the night. To make sure we got there in … Read more

Hong Kong skyline from Star Ferry

Checking out the sights of Hong Kong

Our day in Macau left us all wishing we had opted to spend more time there instead of Hong Kong, but we nonetheless managed to find a few things to do to keep us entertained for the other three days of our stay. When we first arrived in Hong Kong, after having breakfast, we wandered … Read more

Go Pro shot of Wade pre-bungee jump, Macau Tower

In for a fall

When we first booked our flights through Hong Kong, Wade announced that he wanted to make a day trip to Macau. Aside from being home to some of the world’s biggest casinos (which is a pretty big drawcard anyway), one of his best friends from school has been living there for the past 10 years … Read more

Wade Jo Darcy at Stirling Point, NZ

Held up at the second hurdle

We were scheduled to leave Invercargill at 6:15pm. With a final check in of one hour before departure, we told Darcy we needed to be there at 5pm – you know, just in case. He wanted us to start with a team photo as Stirling Point, to say we had started our journey right from … Read more

Jersey Boys - West End Live 2014

So. Much. Musical. Theatre.

One of the down sides to arriving in London at the end of a year on the road is the inevitable lack of cash. In my case, a refusal to check just how much cash was not still in my bank account in the weeks leading up to the UK resulted in my lack of … Read more

Charlette and Jo - Covent Garden

Let’s meet tonight’s contestants

After a year of being on the road, meeting new people and making new friends everywhere I went (except for staying with Elea in France, and bumping into Sammyh in Morocco), it was nice to finally arrive in the UK. I got to see Sara, of course, and I also know some folks from home who … Read more

Cupcake Jemma from Crumbs and Doilies

A fine day for a spot of polo

When one finds oneself in England, there are certain activities that one is expected to undertake in order to be accepted into proper society. The Royal Ascot, the Queen’s official birthday celebrations, and the occasional polo match, of course. Unfortunately, I was too broke this year to dress up like Eliza Doolittle and make small … Read more