Germany: Part 1

Stuttgart. To cross into Germany I used my handy EUrail pass and boarded a total of five trains. It took me around 6 hours all up to go from Ghent to Stuttgart in Baden-Württemberg via many different cities including Düsseldorf, a city that I returned to for a few days. The train journey from Düsseldorf … Continue reading

Report from the South.

Report from the South.

About a month and a half ago now I handed in my last essay, farewelled fellow exchange students and headed off for the South of Chile. After five months in bone-dry Santiago the green, fertile South beckoned. Unfortunately Patagonia – the extreme South of Chile – was off the cards as winter there resembles the apocalypse, … Continue reading

Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Nijmegen 19.07.15 Nijmegen: I have been looking forward this part! To be honest I didn’t know much about Nijmegen, only that a very special person lives there and I haven’t seen her in almost ten years. Lakmali and I. Her name is Lakmali van Haaren-Pulles and she lived with my family for a year when … Continue reading

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Netherlands 18.07.15 Amsterdam: 32 hours travelling and I finally arrived in the magical city of Amsterdam. Everyone knows this place, everyone has ideas about what it’s like, I sure did. But boy was I blown away. I knew there were thousands of bikes, but I didn’t know just how many there really are. I … Continue reading

Time to leave!

Part 1: 13.07.15 I’m sitting in the lounge of my Uncle’s apartment in Auckland, all packed and ready to go. I left Wellington a few hours ago and it was a sad affair. I said goodbye to my dog Clive, who I’m sure did not comprehend that this time I wouldn’t just disappear for a couple … Continue reading

The parents come to town

The parents come to town

Four weeks ago i hopped on my bike, rode fifteen minutes across town and pulled up in front of an apartment lobby to see my mum and dad smiling out at me. After a few months finding my way in a new city, feeling as if i was as far away from home as possible … Continue reading

Big City Life: Beijing, Tokyo, Hong Kong

Big City Life: Beijing, Tokyo, Hong Kong

So here I am in New Zealand, at the conclusion of my exchange. But instead of going there with the clichéd and emotional missive of how much I’ve learned – I should touch on my recent wanderings in Beijing, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. As a delegate of the week-long P.A.L. (Promoting Asian Leadership) 2015 Conference, Beijing … Continue reading

Where I’ve been living

Where I’ve been living

During my time here in Chile I’ve called two places home. The first was an 18-person student flat known to young and old as Casa Condell. The Second, where I’m currently living, is a 3rd floor apartment that I share with four Chileans, a Scot and a German. I stayed in Casa Condell for two … Continue reading

Seeing more of Denmark!

Seeing more of Denmark!

This is me taking it to the extreme cruising on the “other” side of the road! So, as i may have mentioned, I am lucky enough to be living with a Danish host family as opposed to flatting with other exchange students or living in a apartment. This has a been a great way to … Continue reading