Author Archives: 5 on the go

Koh Samed: Full of Russian poseurs

Finally some beach time where it is warm enough to swim (although not as hot as you might think), the beaches in New Zealand were amazingly pretty but it was a bit too cold to swim. It has actually been … Continue reading

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Four days in Bangkok

A day before the flight to Bangkok (with a transfer in Singapore) we received an email from Jetstar saying that due to the protests in Bangkok they would understand if we would want to change our flights and to give … Continue reading

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Around Tauranga and Mt Maunganui, New Zealand

Having spent quite a bit of time in this area, staying with family, we have discovered a few favourite things to do as a family: McLaren Falls McLaren Falls is a small area with rocks and waterfalls just before the … Continue reading

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Northland, New Zealand

We have been in New Zealand since the end of November and to be honest, we haven’t done a whole lot. We have been relaxing with family (big house with swimming pool helps!) and mainly made some day trips in … Continue reading

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Santiago, Chile: not quite worth the expense

Our bus trip to Chile didn’t get off to a good start. A 6-hour trip turned into a long 12-hour one unfortunately. There were delays at the border. Apparently there were elections the next day and a lot of unhappy … Continue reading

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Cordoba, Buenos Aires and Mendoza

Cordoba is the second largest city in Argentina (Buenos Aires being the biggest) and it is certainly quite sizeable. There is plenty to see and do and lots of lovely cafes, restaurants and bars everywhere. We did a tour in … Continue reading

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Tilcara, Salta and Cafayate in Argentina

Bolivia was a bit of a mixed bag for us, we had some great times but it was tough travelling in parts. The roads can be bad, facilities very basic and the people not so outgoing. We weren’t planning to … Continue reading

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Sucre, Potosi and Salar de Uyuni

We took a night bus from Cochabamba to Sucre, which dropped us at the bus station at 5am, it was raining and still dark outside. We decided to hang around the bus station for a bit before taking a taxi … Continue reading

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La Paz and Cochabamba

After the very expensive but lovely experience in Machu Picchu we decided to move swiftly on to Bolivia where everything is much cheaper. We went straight from Cusco to La Paz on a night bus, a 15-hour journey. As it … Continue reading

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Cusco and Machu Picchu

Having realised it was a 21-hour bus ride from Lima to Cusco (the main gateway to Machu Picchu), we decided to fly instead. The flights aren’t outrageously expensive and we really couldn’t face 21-hours on a bus with three children. … Continue reading

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