When I timed my trip to New Zealand, naturally I didn't look up to see what big events were on (or not!). So I arrived on the last weekend of the World Masters Games, like the Olympics for all age groups, meaning every hotel in Auckland had long been sold out. Not a peep, not … Continue reading Auckland: St Francis Retreat Centre
I did disappear a bit. There's an empty seat where once we chatted daily. Sigh. I got to New Zealand and started working hard on the MA thesis which is - after all - why I'm travelling. I posted a few bobbets on FaceBook and kind of tailed off. I've been to Australia in between … Continue reading ‘Scuse me? Where’s the blog/MA at?
This place is nice! It's less like a hotel and more like an apartment building. Studio doubles are the smallest room, but offer plenty of space for two people. https://youtu.be/czmtdWvwv1Q
Most airports: bleurgh, whatever, get me out of here. Auckland: making a real effort on the welcoming people front! Before you get to baggage claim, there is a huge wooden hand-carved archway, called a tomokanga. It was unveiled in 2008 and you can read more about it here. Everyone was stopping to get a picture … Continue reading Arrivals: Auckland Airport (AKL)
You may recall my previous flights with Latam, from Johannesburg to São Paulo, onwards to Buenos Aires and thence to Santiago. I'd come to expect okay-ness. Which is fine. Safety most important and all that. Latam's obsession with queuing was much in evidence at SCL airport. The flight was boarding, but only for the 12,000 … Continue reading Flights: LA801 – SCL to AKL, Santiago to Auckland
After the experience of the shonky Salon VIP, I hotfooted it to the other big lounge at Santiago airport, Avianca. This was a relief! It was fairly quiet when I arrived, and had good service and options! What else could you ask for! There were plenty of non-alcoholic drinks should you feel so inclined. The … Continue reading Lounges: Avianca, SCL, Santiago, Chile
It's a couple of weeks since I left Chile and the memory of all the earthquakes is still fresh in my mind! If you live in a bit of the world that shakes, shudders and schleps around, the whining of a random Irish man about earthquakes will be irksome. But where I come from, the … Continue reading Chile: Earthquake Alert!