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Musician, teacher, traveller. Currently on a year-long journey around the world. Bronwyn is one of the founders of

Kuta Me Krazy

The journey there was an exhausting one, but we were back on Bali and right in the middle of the action. Kuta, Bali is the surfing and resort area directly north of the airport. When you look into staying in this area you have a choice of three very distinct spots: Kuta, Legian and Seminyak. […]

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Selamat Datang in Nusa Lembongan

The Indonesian language is very easy to pronounce but not as easy to remember. Selamat datang (which I remember using for my IPS humanities classes in our ritual good mornings greetings from around the world) is hello, terima kasih is thank you and sama sama is you’re welcome. Nusa means island. And get this: air […]

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Eat, Pray, Zoom

Ubud: I had imagined it as the land of prayer bowls ringing, smiling yogis wandering the quiet streets in peaceful dazes, delicious smells wafting from brightly-painted organic cafes: the eating and praying and loving conjured, and made so famous, by Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestselling novel which I read years ago and fell in love with. Everyone […]

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Our Final Days in Oz

So the Great Barrier Reef blew our minds and really felt like the ultimate climax of our Australia leg, but it wasn’t over yet! We had to make it the 400km back to Brisbane, plus a couple of trips from the highway over to the coast to see the infamous beaches of the Sunshine Coast. […]

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Blue Mountains, Blue Beaches

Names of places in Australia are a lot more interesting than we’ve been able to illustrate so far, as we head from Blacktown to the Blue Mountains. There is a predominance (particularly in the cities) of place names from England, as well as names of the explorers, invaders and colonialists who took over the country, […]

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There and Back Again: The Journey to Middle Earth in a Rental Car

It is extraordinary what you can see in a rental car. We sped out of Queenstown north towards Wanaka with a vague idea that we wanted to see as many sites that Lord of the Rings had been filmed in, and possibly Mt. Cook and Milford Sound if we could make it. In three days, […]

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When the cold and the rain and the wind got the better of us…

The day before we left Riverton, it had been pouring all afternoon. It continued all night and the winds picked up so severely that I thought the roof of our little attic was going to blow off while we were sleeping. It didn’t, and we got through the night unscathed, but the wind was still […]

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The Day the Outdoor Camping Dream Died

We hadn’t necessarily planned to make it all the way to the southernmost city in New Zealand, but Invercargill was calling us (as was the opportunity to stay with the forest garden gurus of NZ which we will tell you all about in the next post). The bus ride was a bit long and we […]

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Rainbow at The Food Farm in New Zealand

Our Stay at the Food Farm

It was a cold and grey day as we arrived in Amberley on the bus and we hadn’t had anything but a muffin for breakfast so we decided to stop at the local cafe on the recommendation of the public bathroom cleaner who had chatted our ears off about his adventures by motorcycle around the […]

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Trains, Canterbury Plains and Bicycle Wheels

One of the main tourist spots along the West Coast of the South Island is Pancake or Punakaiki Rocks (Maori for pancake?), which were almost exactly half way between Westport and Greymouth. We had camped a kilometre downhill from the geological wonder and headed there after a bit of a slow start, the next morning. […]

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