Travel DiaryPacific Voyages of Iga & Ale

Day 23: Re-Start Christchurch Day 23: Re-Start Christchurch
  • Day 23: Re-Start Christchurch

  • In 2010 and 2011 Christchurch was struck by two earthquakes that brought down most of its CBD district and killed 183 people. Today, two years later, the city centre is still one big construction zone. Squares that were once major attraction stood empty and haunted. Beloved by residents cathedral st[...]
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)
It rains even in paradise It rains even in paradise
  • It rains even in paradise

  • Rain and mist followed us from Halong Bay all the way to Tam Coc some 200km down. It was a little bit warmer, but humidity and rain started to become unbearable. Since the day we crossed the border with Vietnam two weeks earlier we were cold and wet, our shoes stunk from humidity and our good moods [...]
Arty Xmas in Battambang Arty Xmas in Battambang
  • Arty Xmas in Battambang

  • Getting out of the floating village took us some time. It was also quite an experience. When the boat took us back to the shore motobike drivers were waiting there for us almost killing each other over who was to take us. As soon as we touched land they jumped on our boat and snatched our bags. We d[...]
DIY Halong Bay DIY Halong Bay
  • DIY Halong Bay

  • Staying in Hanoi and not visiting Halong Bay? Cannot be! The world famous gorgeous Halong Bay was high on our list of desires and we would not be discouraged by rain, mist and cold. February is probably the worst month to visit, but we didn't care much. We had to see it, one way or another. 99% of p[...]
Day 15-16: Welcome to heaven Day 15-16: Welcome to heaven
  • Day 15-16: Welcome to heaven

  • What we got in the campground was just a taster of Wanaka's beauty. We were planning to stay one day in the area, but it was not enough. The truth is an eternity wouldn't be enough. We stayed there for two days and did two completely different but equally stunning tracks. We got to Wanaka on a Su[...]
Day 14: Glaciers and sandfly attack Day 14: Glaciers and sandfly attack
  • Day 14: Glaciers and sandfly attack

  • We started the following day with a 3 hour walk around Okarito Lagoon. We were already close to the glaciers and could afford to spend the morning wandering around the only untouched by humans lagoon on the West Coast. It was a relaxing walk in the forest, yet this time we didn't get a reward. When [...]
Red Hot Kampot Pepper Red Hot Kampot Pepper
  • Red Hot Kampot Pepper

  • Bus ride from Phnom Penh to Kampot took us 6 hours. It's only a over a hundred kilometers, but the road is so bad, the bus hardly goes more than 50kmh. Once we got to Kampot though we forgot all about uncomfortable buses, traffic of Phnom Penh and crowds of people. Kampot was a small tranquil town o[...]
Meeting place of drama and romance Meeting place of drama and romance
  • Meeting place of drama and romance

  • Popular belief says that Venice is the most romantic city of the world. Well, there is a big rival to that title. Wait for Hoi An to switch on its thousands lanterns and you'll wish your boyfriend proposed to you right there and then. When night falls over the city, it responds with an explosion of[...]
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[...]
Venice Cambodian style Venice Cambodian style
  • Venice Cambodian style

  • "If you're after a real Cambodian experience, go to Kompong Luong," Jast, a German traveler told us in Kep. And we did. It took us around 5 hours by bus, motobike and boat to get from Phnom Penh to our destination, but it was absolutely worth the effort. Kompong Luong is a village like no other.[...]
Day 10: In pursuit of hoppiness Day 10: In pursuit of hoppiness
  • Day 10: In pursuit of hoppiness

  • Our next destination was Abel Tasman National Park, but we got distracted on the way by art and beer of Nelson. We were meant to stop there for quick grocery shopping and a visit to information centre, when we got side-tracked by Nelson's many art studios and pubs with locally brewed craft beer. Red[...]