Don’t go to Rotorua

Some people told us not to bother going to Rotorua, nothing much there but the stench of sulfur, they said, oh and a few hot springs and stuff.  We'd need face masks just to be able to breathe, they said. Yet so many told us of the wondrous and mystical…

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Wild Wild West Auckland

The Lonely Planet New Zealand guide suggests a visit to Auckland's western beaches if you are looking for a 4 day itinerary in the city. Everyone knows Auckland has a magnificent harbour, and catching the ferry over to Waiheke Island is naturally a priority for visitors. But placing the western…

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Timaru from the other side

Once we've sorted the morning caffeine fix at our favourite cafe we go exploring and there's no better way to get to know a place than on foot. We get to see a lot more when we're walking and slow travel allows us to do that. For us, house sitting…

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Our year of winter

Can you believe just a little while ago we ticked over a year of traveling full-time, away from home? Yes, that's right, a bit over 12 months ago we were reveling in the mellow winter days of Noosa, with average daily temps of 24c. There were discussions about what clothes…

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Oohoo from Timaru

Wow, we never imagined Timaru could turn out to be one of our favourite places. For the past couple of weeks we've been house sitting in a very beautiful, comfortable and warm home here in Timaru looking after these cuddly brothers, and we'll be here until mid September. Last year…

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New blog? What’s wrong with the old one?

I've been a little distracted of late, well actually I've been distracted for a very long time. But this particular distraction is all about upgrading my blog registration, setting up my own domain name and the (hopefully) successful transfer of all my Wordpress stuff to my new server - www.whereverarewe.com.…

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Melbourne, we’re on the move again ……

Having recently spent the better part of 2 months in Brisbane doing all the essentials after a year away, we're back into the swing of traveling and house sitting, currently in Melbourne looking after 2 very adorable brothers. Here are Sprocket and Boo. If they're not in their favourite big bed…

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Paddington, Brisbane 4064.

To get the true sense of a modern city it is often the surrounding suburbs that will provide greater depth and insights for the visitor. Since becoming slow travelers a year ago we took every opportunity whilst back in Brisbane to explore areas we had for years been too busy and distracted to fully appreciate.…

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Brisbane, a day on the River…

"Let's head down to Park Road for our coffee this morning". Dave wanted to expand our experiences beyond our local favourites, just 2 kilometers from our Airbnb in Paddington and guaranteed a great brew.  A popular cafe district since the early 1980's, the rest of Brisbane has since caught up with Park Road, though the…

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Brisbane, so much to love.

  Here we are in Brisbane. Crikey, talk about hitting the ground running! Since arriving in Brisbane from UK and Europe a month ago our calendar has become increasingly packed with family & friend catch-ups, medical & dental appointments, checking on our stuff in storage and that most important meeting - our financial…

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