I wish I could travel to Rio…

Well have reached Buenos Aires and it looks amazing - but more of that later. Better not forget about Rio and my flying visit. Like Mike from the Monkees I wished I could travel to Rio and I did.  Because of the delay from Easter Island I only had 3 nights and 2 full days there so I didn't really get to see a whole lot of the city but the bits I did see were amazing. Visiting the Christ the Redeemer statue was an emotional moment for me - it was like walking into…

The scariest thing of all

After coming all this way and doing some nerve-wracking things like driving over the Sydney Harbour bridge or round the side of cliffs in New Zealand, or scuba diving in the pacific, the thing that scares me the most is getting into a foreign taxi or bus, especially when it's on the other side of the road. Jesus, my nerves! I ask the universe to protect me. Am having a nice glass of Argentinian Malbec to calm down. Might need two. As the taxi driver said - welcome to Argentina!!

Stranded on Easter Island

First little hassle of the trip occurred lately when all flights to and from Easter Island were cancelled due to bad weather. That meant two extra sunsets, more moais and lots of queueing  and hanging  around but it got  sorted and I left Easter Island two days later than planned. There are definitely worse places to be stranded!  We were well looked after so it was all fine. Easter Island is a magical place, despite the lashings of rain we had the first day - check out the sexy gear, which was basically ripped to…

Farewell Aotearoa

It's hard to believe I am coming to the end of my time in New Zealand. It is such a varied and beautiful country - I met a woman who said we don't have history but we have scenery! And they have it in spades.       The New Zealand people are really nice and friendly - way nicer than the Aussies. Much as I loved Australia, the people you meet in public were very closed and there was no chit-chat, the way there is at home. I think the Australians are very insular and their interest…