Glacier Trekking in New Zealand

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While in New Zealand with my friend Louise we travelled around both the North and South island. I don’t think that I can ever explain just how beautiful that country is! It’s so rugged and picturesque.1917360_1201076118532_6288118_n

During our travels, our friend from college, Kate, came to join us as did Louise’s now husband, Gary. One of the most memorable things that we did while in New Zealand was trek along the Franz Josef glacier on the South Island.1918522_1282044582693_3694342_n

We began with a long walk towards the glacier, allowing us to see it’s enormity in full. While walking we passed some waterfalls and streams and it was such a beautiful setting.1917360_1201075078506_2543794_n1917360_1201075318512_4841935_n

 

We then got to climb up on to the glacier using our crampons. One of the guides had a pickaxe which he used to make steps for us.1917360_1201075238510_3985083_n1917360_1201075598519_4808275_n

 

The glacier was beautiful and we even found an ice tunnel that we could crawl through.1917360_1201076678546_3121719_n1917360_1201076478541_7194070_n

 

It was definitely a day to remember!1917360_1201076238535_7251441_n1917360_1201076198534_3216758_n1917360_1201075958528_5225639_n

 

 

Getting there:

We purchased bus passes from the Naked Bus company. Apart from having an awesome name, they are quite cheap and allow you to make trips all around New Zealand without being part of a tour group. You can visit their website here.1917360_1201077118557_5380229_n

For the glacier trekking, you can find the company that we used here.

 

 

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Sipping Kava in Fiji

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During my RTW trip with my friend Lou we spent two weeks in the paradise that is Fiji. It is such a relaxed country! So relaxed that even when we were rushing to catch our flight from NZ they told us to calm down because it was Fiji time.

 

We first came in to contact with Kava when we spent a couple of days in Nadi before going to the islands. We had met another Irish guy who invited us along to a kava drinking session.

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So what is kava you may ask?

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Well it is a famous drink in Fiji, it is made from the crop of the same name. It is perfectly legal and it is known as a sedative. Many Fijians drink it because it relaxes you and can soemtimes have the same effect as marijuana. Most drink it because it’s illegal to drink and drive but perfectly legal to drink kava and drive.

When we arrived for our first kava taste we all sat around in a circle while the locals sang some amazing island songs (my favorite was “please don’t touch my papaya”)

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Kava just looks like muddy water and honestly that’s what it tastes like too! After our first night drinking kava we didn’t feel any different except that we had tingling tongues.

We then headed out to one of the islands (Nacula island) to spend 10 days in our own island paradise.

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After being there a couple of days we were invited to drink some kava with the workers at our resort. Remembering the lack of effect the last time I drank some. The others headed off to bed leaving me and another German traveler to drink the kava. Again I didn’t think that I felt any different, that is until I went back to our dorm room!

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I was on the top bunk and got in to bed. Suddenly I heard my friend Louise calling my name (I though it was strange because it was the middle of the night) So I was answering back to her, but she just kept calling my name. I finally flashed my torch on her to realise that she was fast asleep!

It was at this point that I knew that it was the kava messing with my head so I lay down and tried to will myself to sleep. Then I heard someone banging really loudly on our door, of course there was no one there. Luckily I fell asleep after that.

That was the only time that I’ve had hallucinations in my life. I didn’t feel too scared and I’m glad that I tried the kava. I would definitely recommend trying it if you are ever in Fiji but just remember to not drink too much!