NZ: Akaroa, Lake Tekapo and Queenstown

My plan was to visit the south island of New Zealand in a camper van to allow maximum flexibility in planning. To this end, I had booked a “self-contained” motor-home (i.e. with shower, toilet and cooking facilities) for 25 days and would be collecting it on arrival in Christchurch.  I will admit to being slightly…

I say, “Malbec”, you say, “?”

Mendoza! That’s right, the Argentine city is synonymous with high-calibre, new world wine and, as an oenophile, that was reason enough to visit whilst in the country. I made a reservation on AirBnB then headed to the Buenos Aires bus terminal to board and overnight bus to Mendoza. Not only were the tickets more than…

Cold (beverages) war!

We are once again on a train; this time from Krasnoyarsk, where we spent a delightful two days without mishap or mischief (i.e. not much worth including here). Our destination is Yekaterinburg, a city near the Ural mountains. We boarded at 11.30am on May 16 and, as I awake on May 17, I already have…