Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, Chile

We decided to take a day trip out to the seaside and visit the coastal cities of Valparaiso and Vina Del Mar. Valparaiso is known for its colourful clifftop houses which cling to the numerous ‘cerros’ (hills) that make up the city.  The town is also know for its bohemian atmosphere, street art, numerous steep hillside…

First impressions: Santiago, Chile

One of our aims for this year was to experience what is was like to live abroad and to immerse ourselves in a culture which was unfamiliar to us.  Although our change in plans meant that we wouldn’t be in one place for an entire year, we still wanted to try and base ourselves in a…

New Zealand Road Trip! South Island

After a surprisingly calm and pleasant ferry crossing over the Cook Strait we arrived in Picton and drove out to Nelson on the north coast of the south island as our base for a couple of nights. We started our first day by visiting the Te Mania and Richmond Plains vineyards, after a few tastings and…

New Zealand Road Trip! North Island

We couldn’t wait to get to Auckland to meet up with Claire! However, luck was not on our side and her plane finally arrived 24 hours after it was supposed to.  It was horrible to have to wait another day when we hadn’t seen each other for so long… … however it did mean that Ryan, mum…