After our camping trip in Australia for the solar eclipse we were looking forward to sleeping in a bed at a friends house in New Zealand. This was very short lived as we soon embarked on New Zealand outdoor life, sailing on a friends yacht in the Bay of Islands, swimming in thermal rivers, bathing in countless thermal pools, seeing geysers erupt, bubbling mud, visiting a freshly erupted volcano at Mount Tongariro, snow capped mountains and searching as always for that different camera angle on our road trip.
Having never seen a geyser erupt it was on my list of things I`d like to see. A visit to Wai-O-Tapu thermal area was a must. When we got there we found out that the Lady Knox geyser is set off by throwing a load of soap powder into it, which sparks the eruption! A bit of a let down, but great to see none the less.
I am a big fan of hot springs and New Zealand certainly has its fair share. Chatting to local people who share the same passion for thermal waters we were tipped off to visit a thermal river with waterfall. We were the only people there and the waters were way above bath temperature and when you put your feet on the floor you could feel hot water bubbling up – paradise.
Something new I have noticed on my travels is that cameras have all of a sudden got so much bigger! I find it strange to see people taking photographs with their tablet computers.
The next country was Mexico which saw us on top of the pyramid of the sun at Teotihuacán on the 12:12:12 at 12:12:12pm. A must see if anyone goes to Mexico City is the National Museum of Anthropology. Not usually a fan of big museums this one is laid out so well it never becomes boring as it weaves you inside and outside.
The rest of my time in Mexico was spent visiting various pyramids and taking in the colours and flavour of this amazing country.
Christmas was spent at my favourite beach in the world. After last visiting 16 years ago I was a bit unsure of revisiting as places can change so much that those original great memories can then be lost. Amazingly the place hadn`t changed in 16 years, apart from the fact that the sands of time were starting to bury the wooden thatched cabanas (or as my wife called them Dougals).
This snowman made out of plastic cups was outside a police station.
It was hard to leave Mexico but seeing this painting on a wall made it easier.
On my return to the UK I bought a cherry tree which will not only display its blossom in springtime but also give me fruit to eat and share and the tree will hold the memories of my round the world journey to see the solar eclipse in Australia.
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