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3rd August
2011
written by Hazel

We arrived at Ljubljana at night and had a bit of a roundabout taxi ride to get to our hostel, Hostel Print.  However, this awesome hostel refunds the cost of the taxi ride, so it was no problem.  And it is a really good hostel.  Curtained off beds, your own power socket, your own reading lamp, awesome kitchen.  It’s a little walk into town, but as we found out the next day it is a pleasant walk and a very pleasant town.  We saw the castle, walked along the river, had an apple at the farmer’s market, and some really good pizza near the hostel.  Beautiful, relaxing first day in town!

Ljubljana

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We didn’t know much of anything about Slovenia until we arrived there, but it is an absolutely wonderful place to visit.  Not too expensive, incredibly beautiful, lots of people speak English so it’s easy to get around.  Just wait until you see the countryside which is coming up!!!

2nd August
2011
written by Justin

Many of you are probably thinking: Why haven’t they gone up to see the castle yet!  It’s so spectacular!  I don’t know, but we never did end up going to see the castle.  We heard rumors of another sight not far from Prague that sounded so much more unique and exciting to me that we went there instead!  It was the Sedlec Ossuary, a church whose cellar is completely full of (and decorated with) human bones!  This is not the type of thing that even exists in the US so we jumped at the chance to go.  It took a two hour train ride to get to the town, a suburb of the city of Kutna Hora.

Sedlec Ossuary

Sedlec Ossuary

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31st March
2011
written by Hazel
We were so excited to see my dad, Nigel, that we arrived at the airport really, really early.  It didn’t help that we had thought his flight got in an hour earlier than it actually did.  Everything went smoothly though and after a nice coffee at the airport cafe we met my dad and got our rental car!  I was amazed how much energy he had after a long flight and we set right off for Valparaiso, a town on the coast where we were spending our first three nights.

On the way we stopped off at a nature reserve for the first of many birdwatching expeditions.  My dad is an avid birdwatcher and we were determined to help him see as many of Chile’s birds as possible.  He was full of interesting information.  For example, there is less species variation in the southern hemisphere, so in all of Chile there are not many more species than on the small island near Seattle where he lives!  We took an informed bet as to how many species we would see in ten days.  I guessed 93, my dad guessed 115, and Justin was optimistic with a guess of 119.

This first stop was at the Reserva Nacional Lago Peñuelas and we had some good sightings.  There are additional bird photos if you click any of these for the link to the gallery.

Horses in the reserve

17th February
2011
written by Hazel

Before

After!!! Who knew they had hairdressers in the bus station?!

Views from the bus - click for more!

One more 12 hour bus ride tomorrow and we’ll have made it to Ushuaia!  Busses are very fancy here.
8th February
2011
written by Hazel

We’re settling into a pretty awesome routine here in Buenos Aires.  Lots of sitting in cafes and studying, lots of good food, and lots of Spanish classes.  I’m very behind on emails, but will try to get caught up in the next few days.

We spent the past weekend exploring the city and had a really great time looking around.  Friday night was swing dance night and we were really pleased to discover that we could understand a LOT more of the Spanish than the week before.  On Saturday we went out to Palermo, the fancy area of town, on the Subte (Subway) and explored the giant complex of parks there.  We had thought to go to the Planetarium, but it was closed for renovation.  Instead we wandered around the rose garden and botanical garden and saw the outsides of the zoo and the racetrack.  These parks are truly enormous and really well kept up.  There were a lot of people lounging in the shade with picnics and it was a really pleasant place to hang out.

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On Sunday we had a busy day exploring the street market in San Telmo and going to the New Year celebration in Barrio Chine (Chinatown).  The street market was really colorful and fun to explore.  It was also a surprise to us that it was pretty low-key even though it was really large.  People were very laid-back and there wasn’t much persuasion to buy anything.  San Telmo is a cool old neighborhood, but I didn’t take too many pictures since it was pretty full of people.  In the afternoon we took a long subway ride and made it to Barrio Chine.  This was a bit of a disappointment since it was completely packed with people.  We could hardly even move, let alone look around.  We did get to see a dragon, but not a very good view.

Chinese New Year Celebration - Click for photo gallery

We’re dancing again tonight and starting to work on our plans for leaving the city.  I have to admit, it would be pretty easy to get sucked into spending quite a lot more time here.

31st January
2011
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16th January
2011
written by Justin

Tree Pose!

Tree Pose!


This photo was taken on one of the first “Trig” hikes we ever took. Trigs are little pyramids that New Zealanders put atop their hills so they can tell how far stuff is. I know, weird. But I guess it could work. Hazel is imitating the tree in the background in this photo.

Exploring a Massive Cave


Hazel discovered a gigantic cave at the top of one of our hill climbs. It was filled with stalactites! WoHoo! How far down can you go?!?

Franz Josef Glacier


This is a sweet pic of the river that flows out from under a glacier. Makes sense, eh?

Hooker Valley Track Bridge @ Mt. Cook


This is from one of the most beautiful alpine tracks we’ve walked on. A rickety bridge starts it off.

The Hut on Hooker Valley Track


A WC Hut in the middle of the track.

Glacial Stream @ Hooker Valley Track


A bright blue stream from glacial runoff in the middle of the track.

Glacial Lake @ Hooker Valley Track


Us + Glacial Lake


The lake at the bottom of the Hooker Glacier, a little less dramatic than Franz Josef. But it had its own serenity.

Ready for Stargazing @ Mt. John


Here’s what we were outfitted in before we went up to a summit to view stars. Not pictured are our socks-and-sandals.

Hazel Topping Key Summit


This was a really remarkable hike starting at the Divide on the way to Milford Sound. We got to the top of the mountain, and here is the proof!

Hazel's On A Boat


Obligatory “On a Boat” picture

Serenity on Doubtful Sound


This shows just how alone one can feel out in the boondocks of Fiordland. This picture looks out on the Tasman Sea.

Albatross on the Tasman Sea near the Thompson Sound


When we were about to start fishing, we were greeted by the friendly neighborhood ALBATROSS! So huge! The picture doesn’t do it justice but it must’ve had an 8 foot wingspan.

Hazel kissing her First Fish Ever


Finally. Hazel, after only 5 minutes of fishing in Proper Conditions catches her first fish, a Sea Perch. She was made to kiss it by our friendly captain Fiord — who said we wouldn’t get off the boat until Hazel caught her first fish. Luckily it was a good day!

The Shark Andre Caught

The Shark #2


This was huge. And amazing. And scary. Basically Andre was a hero.

Hazel and her First Fish Ever


Since we hadn’t had enough of her first fish, we got it out of the “to be dinner” bucket and photographed it again :)

Sunset on Doubtful Sound


Hazel's Eye reflecting Doubtful Sound


Sunset on Doubtful Sound #2


Sunset on Doubtful Sound #3


Moon + Sunset on Doubtful Sound


These photos reflect the beauty of the Sounds at sunset. Also how grateful we were to finally crawl into bed after seeing dolphins, pulling up lobster pots, fishing, kayaking, and eating. Did I mention eating?

Morning on Doubtful Sound


Morning on Doubtful Sound #2


The infamous Morning After. This one wasn’t so bad!
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Hazel Perched on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing


Hazel Conquering the Tongariro Alpine Crossing


Hazel Walking Into The Light


These photos represent our initial experience of Tongariro — a steep hike up rocky volcanic ground, only to cross a huge, barren crater.

Tongariro's Red Crater


Then we found out what a real crater looks like.

Us Atop the Red Crater


The Red crater was also the highest altitude we attained on the Crossing, a whopping 1886 meters high!

Tongariro's Emerald Lakes

Tongariro's Emerald Lakes #2


This is the icing on the cake, after peaking Red Crater you get to lope down loose soil to see the beautiful Emerald Lakes.

Blustery Wind and Hazel the Photographer


We had gale-force winds up at the top, and were worried about falling into a crater almost the whole time!

Hazel + Lake Rotoaira + Lake Taupo


Here’s the view at the end of the Crossing — serene and pastoral. Mission Accomplished.

Hope you liked my Best Of – this is a great selection from the photos I’ve taken so far!

18th December
2010
written by Hazel

Click for most recent New Zealand Gallery

Some of these have been on Smugmug for a while, but this gallery is complete now – so check it out if you haven’t!

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