Monthly Archives: December 2012

South Island trip Day 2: Christchurch to Mount Cook

Our morning venture into a shopping centre to buy provisions turned into a whole quest due to the sales which here, like in England, start on Boxing Day, December 26. A little aside on Boxing Day – when I was … Continue reading

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South Island trip day3: Mount Cook

This post was going to be called Tramping in Hooker Valley but then we thought better of it. Tramping is what they call hiking in New Zealand. Hooker Valley is a beautiful valley in the heart of the Southern Alps. … Continue reading

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South Island trip day 4: Mount Cook to Christchurch

On the drive back to Christchurch we took a little detour to see the Tasman glacier. This glacier is one of the largest in the South Alps and the longest in New Zealand, although it has been retreating at the … Continue reading

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South Island trip day 5: Christchurch to Picton

We had to get up at 5.30 am in order to catch out 7 am bus. We consoled ourselves by saying we would sleep on the bus, but instead we spent the whole ride – about 5 hours excitedly pointing … Continue reading

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South Island trip day 6: Picton

On the 6th day of our trip, December 30, we woke up to pouring rain, so we spent the morning happily reading. When it cleared up, we went on a tramp around the Snout Track. First, we stopped to admire … Continue reading

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South Island trip day 7: a ferry ride back to Wellington

On the morning of 31 December we woke up, packed up and checked out of our hostel. We still had a few hours until the ferry, so we walked around, hang out by the waterfront, and finally made our way … Continue reading

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About food posts

We like food! And it probably shows, but we think that eating good food is one of life’s great pleasure. Food is also an integral part of any culture, so trying local food is one of the best ways to … Continue reading

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This time last year

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Sunny days

Mike has been busy with his university assignments this last few weeks, and I don`t have much to do except for my Skype lessons, which are mostly in the evening due to the time difference (6 hours ahead of Novosibirsk, … Continue reading

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Yulia’s 29th birthday

The morning of my 29th birthday started with a visit by Jehova’s witnesses. I was woken up by a knock on the door early on a Saturday morning and as I stood, blinking in the bright sunlight, three bright happy … Continue reading

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