Travel DiaryPacific Voyages of Iga & Ale

Day 11: 'Are you booked in?' Day 11: 'Are you booked in?'
  • Day 11: 'Are you booked in?'

  • Today alarm clock rang at 6am. We had a 23km walk in Abel Tasman Park before us and had to take water taxi to our destination. This walk was one of the most exciting points on our NZ map. The track went along the coast and could take from 3 to 5 days to complete. We only could do one day and had to [...]
Day 20: Morning Glory  Day 20: Morning Glory
  • Day 20: Morning Glory

  • We were still dreaming snow-peaked mountains and hot beef pies, when alarm clock rang at outrageous 4.50am. Well we were to blame. We signed ourselves up for 6.30 "Morning Glory" kayaking adventure. Plus we had an hours drive to do and breakfast to gobble up. It all took us more than we calculated, [...]
Don't worry, be mindful Don't worry, be mindful
  • Don't worry, be mindful

  • We arrived to Thailand exhausted from constant traveling and we swore that we would slow down once we're out of Bangkok. Vietnam was an overwhelming country, very pretty and inspiring, but traveling from North to South in a month was very intense. We couldn't wait to stop. But we had to go through B[...]
Tea time any time in Hsipaw Tea time any time in Hsipaw
  • Tea time any time in Hsipaw

  • Water festival had a side effect. In Hsipaw I started coughing like an old smoker. The journey by train was long and uncomfortable, even though we had first class seats. The Burmese call it "buffalo train" because it's slow and rocks from side to side. The biggest attraction on the way was a steel b[...]
Day 17: Queenstown - running away from NZ dollar capital Day 17: Queenstown - running away from NZ dollar capital
  • Day 17: Queenstown - running away from NZ dollar capital

  • We drove down to Queenstown the night before and spent an evening back in civilised world. I must admit it's nice to go back there from time to time. We ate out, had Spanish churros with dark chocolate and promenaded in the harbour all dressed up in our cleanest clothes. Never mind couches of Japane[...]
Voluntary prison sentence - a day in monastery Voluntary prison sentence - a day in monastery
  • Voluntary prison sentence - a day in monastery

  • "Can you live without her for 3 days?" snorted senior monk pointing in my direction. We only just arrived and wanted to get our bearings around the monastery. We were taken to a senior monk who read out rules of conduct to us and made us pray to Buddha right away. We just got off a tuk tuk that brou[...]
Day 6: Vineyards and Cape Palliser Day 6: Vineyards and Cape Palliser
  • Day 6: Vineyards and Cape Palliser

  • We had a rough night. It was pouring rain all night and big drops of water hitting the van's roof made so much noise we could hardly sleep. Yet the rain and sleepless night didn't discourage us from a wine tour. We were in Martinborough, northern island's prime wine location and weekend getaway for[...]
Thai massage and watercolours Thai massage and watercolours
  • Thai massage and watercolours

  • Going back to the real world was a little tough. We were back in traffic, honking cars, hot streets and shops with souvenirs. To make the most of that comeback, as soon as we got off the 6am bus that brought us to Chaing Mai, we had cappuccino and chocolate croissants for breakfast. Marveling at the[...]
Day 5: Super Loo and van in a ditch Day 5: Super Loo and van in a ditch
  • Day 5: Super Loo and van in a ditch

  • In Taupo we woke up to a beautiful view of Taupo Lake stretching before us for miles. It's NZ's biggest lake with an astounding 193km in perimeter. It was huge and pretty and it would all be perfect if it was not for dark clouds hanging low above us. It's been pouring rain all night and there were n[...]
New Zealand Highlights New Zealand Highlights
  • New Zealand Highlights

  • Fiordland National Park, South Island, NZ Mt Cook, South Island, NZ Mt Cook, South Island, NZ Kaikoura, South Island, NZ Nydia Walk, Marlborough Sounds, South Island, NZ Nydia Bay, Marlborough Sounds, South Island, NZ Tongariro National Park, North Island, NZ Au[...]
Helpful tips for campers in NZ - where to sleep and shower for free (or almost free) Helpful tips for campers in NZ - where to sleep and shower for free (or almost free)
Angkor What? Angkor What?
  • Angkor What?

  • Cambodia could not be ticked off the bucket list without seeing Angkor Vat and the time came that we went to Siem Reap. We were procrastinating for a long time, finding any excuse for not going there just yet, but our visa was not unlimited and time started to shrink. The only reason we were not ove[...]