Its been about 6 months since I updated this or something. I know, I know I dont really deserve a TP blog do I? I'll try harder, I promise.
It's high summer here in New Zealand.
Auckland is just HOT and sticky most days and it's actually a relief to get into work just for the aircon! Still though, i'm not complaining. Apart from the odd torrential downpour it's fanstastic sunny weather and you are never far from a beach here. Auckland is pretty much surrounded by water, being on a narrow isthmus between the Tasman Sea and the Pacific.
Ive been a busy girl in the last 6 months. I've tried to see as much of the country as I can , racking up two speeding fines in my overzealousness to cover ground. Work has gotten in the way somewhat and made it difficult to be a tourist here, but Ive managed to do a lot, including a 15,000ft skydive, whalewatching, tramping and lots more. Im planning a dive to the wreck of The Rainbow Warrior over Easter Wknd which im really looknig forward to.
My family made the long trip over my Ireland to see me for Christmas. I knew my Mam and Dad were coming but when my two brothers said they wouldnt because of money and work issues, I was disappointed but made up my mind that I wouldnt be seeing them. So, it was a BIT OF A SHOCK when they turned up outside my office one Monday morning before the Christmas holidays! It took me at least a few minutes to actually register that it was them! What a great Christmas presnet though! So, I had my family for a month which was fantastic - we did a lot of travelling and Mum and Dad and I saw a lot of the South Island which is one of the most beautiful places I have visited. It was really great to have a conversation with people who really knew me for a change. After a year on the road, you get tired of having the same one the whole time. "Hi, I'm Evelyn, I'm IRish, yes Im travelling, ive been to Peru, Chile....." you get my drift Its nice to have a giggle with someone you have a bit of history with.
It was hard to say goodbye to them again in January, not really knowing when I would see them again. At that time I had no real plans other than to stay in NZ for another few months. Since then, however, I've put some wheels in motion. Last weekend I wandered into STA travel, more out of curiosity than anything, to price airfares. 20 minutes later I emerged beaming with my airfare tailored and secured with a deposit. The beam faded pretty quickly when I checked my bank account and realised I was broke for the week! But never mind!
So, I leave NZ on 01 Aug, the day before my VISA runs out, stopping in Sydney for a week. Then it's off to Singapore and overland in Asia for about 3-4 months taking in Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Burma, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and some of China. I'll be back in Ireland next Christmas.
At that point, I will have been away two years!
I'm getting the familiar tingling in my spine now just thinking about the next phase in the journey. NZ was a nice long break in the middle and it's been really great getting to know the Kiwis and make new friends, but I cant wait to really get stuck into travelling again. 4 months in Asia just isnt enough but at this stage it's all I can do. India, Nepal and Tibet are just going to have to wait until I can do them properly.
Its six whole months away yet though! So I still have a lot of time left to enjoy here and lots of places yet to see. I'm moving house this weekend and going to be living with some new ppl for a while in a different area of Auckland which will be a nice change.