Bye Dunedin!

This post has sat in my drafts for over a week now, so better late than never here is briefly what we got up to in our 10 days in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Early last Friday morning we left sunny (cough cough) Dunedin and headed to Nelson. When planning our time in New Zealand we were looking at methods of transport between the two cities, in the past we had always flown but with flights $200 each we decided to find a different way. Tom is a star and was researching transferring hire cars between Dunedin and Nelson, each morning he would check the website diligently until he found one between Christchurch and Nelson. That’s half our trip, so we snatched up the deal. For those who don’t know transfer cars are cars which hire companies need relocated, so you can get an absolute bargain on your transport costs. In our case it was a two day relocation, free tank of petrol and a maximum of 900km distance, great if you want to squeeze in a little sightseeing on the way.

The Rhododendron Dell at the Botanic Gardens

The Rhododendron Dell at the Botanic Gardens

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Dunedin – Five Favourites

Us at the Gardens

Us at the Gardens

For the last 9 days we have been staying in chilly Dunedin, New Zealand with my family. This is the city I grew up in but it is always nice to check out places you know well from a tourist perspective, in that regard I have visited a few places since moving away from Dunedin while back here on holidays.

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Perth – Five Favourites

Hello and welcome to our first Five Favourites post, this is where we will attempt to do a quick post detailing our five favourite things we have experienced in an area, zone, country, city, town or region.

We thought it would be fitting to start with the place we are leaving and that we have called home for the last three and a half years (four and a half for Tom).

So here it is, our top five favourite things to see and do in Perth, Western Australia.

Black swans in Lake Monger - Perth

Black swans in Lake Monger – Perth

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The road to Ephesus

The amphitheatre at Ancient Hieropolis above Pamukkale.

The amphitheatre at Ancient Hieropolis above Pamukkale.

In this chapter of our Turkish adventure we briefly visited Pamukkale for a 12 hours speed visit before continuing on to Selcuk. We had a fair amount of distance to cover in a short time after getting off the ferry in Marmaris; a bus and taxi getting us to our accommodation late at night in Pamukkale, plus a mini-bus to Selcuk the next day to look forward to. It was this bus between Marmaris and Denizli that I had nightmare motion sickness, as Tom so kindly pointed out to me while proofreading this post. I don’t think he will ever let me forget that journey, especially as Claire one of our travelling companions, had to mime needing a sick bag to the young bus host (poor guy), he didn’t speak much English and looked mortified as he thrust about 10 sick bags in my direction. Luckily buses an are easy and convenient method of travelling in Turkey (unless you forget to take your travel sick pills), we had no issues with heat, overcrowding or security of our belongings. A few had screens in the back of each seat for entertainment, all the buses we took had WiFi and from memory cost us about $30 Lira at most.

The towering library facade at Ephesus

The towering library facade at Ephesus

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