Journal Entries

2009 in Review

Holiday and illness means this is the latest I’ve got round to writing a yearly review. Whilst today is possibly the latest I can get away with such a post, I still think it’s important to reflect on the achievements of the previous twelve months.

Magical Melbourne

After two and a half weeks exploring various cities, it was finally on to Melbourne, and the final stop on my short tour of Australasia.

Celebrating the New Year in Sydney

Since visiting Sydney in 2003 I’ve been longing to return. In the intervening years I’ve visited more cities and for a time considered Chicago to be my new favourite – understandable given my love of architecture. As I flew over Sydney Harbour I quickly realised I was wrong.

Absolutely, Positively, Wellington

From Nelson I reluctantly headed back to Wellington, cursing myself for not having an itinerary that continued south. However, Wellington will remain the most memorable city of this trip, although perhaps not entirely for the right reasons.

A Small Taste of the South Island

Having arranged my flights into and out of New Zealand before I had decided upon a full itinerary – departing from Wellington rather than an airport further south – meant I had little time to really explore the South Island.

Auckland: A City in Search of Itself

Before the tan disappears I’d like to record my short journey across New Zealand and Australia. There is much to say, so over the next few days, I shall try to describe how I ended the previous decade down-under.

My LA Ex

I hoped that almost missing my flight would be the worst my trip to New Zealand would have to offer, but thanks to overzealous immigration officials at LAX, that was nothing but a minor blip.