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Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
11:03 am
Power pylons
Just saw a house that is almost tailor-made for us...unfortunately it happens to be near a power pylon (about 20-30 metres, the pylon is in the neighbour's yard).

As far as we can work out, there's very little actual science behind pylon fear but my god the market is toxic for houses near pylons.

We're planning to live whereever we wind up for a very long time but we're a little paranoid about needing to sell up

It's the first stand-alone house that I've seen that doesn't seem even slightly moist, something of a miracle in Wellington
Monday, February 13th, 2012
1:14 pm
Just celebrated my grandmother's 80th birthday by walking the Tongariro crossing with her and the rest of my family. Was awesome and am in awe of her!

Current Mood: tired
Monday, September 20th, 2010
9:43 am
Me = minus one front tooth and plus one titanium bolt, I am in fact bio-moded.

This is very weird (also my face swelled up to my eyelids which really doubles the impression that I've been brawling).

Current Mood: tired
Friday, November 14th, 2008
5:28 pm
In Hong Kong (again)
And waiting to get my connecting flight to Auckland. Looking forward to it now.
Thursday, November 13th, 2008
4:25 pm
Just about home
In four and a half hours I should be on an aeroplane bound for Auckland by 2pm Saturday I should be in Wellington and steeling myself to start work again on Monday.


Looking forward to being home very much though

Current Mood: nervous
Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
11:07 am
In London!
And I've actually been through Paddington station. Paris was absolutely lovely, I did climb the tower in the end and I just generally enjoyed getting lost around the place.

I caught the Eurostar last night and got into my hotel which is pretty basic but very cheap by London standards.

I don't know what I shall do for the next two days but on Thursday I start the long journey home and I should be fully back by Saturday midday.

Still a wee bit tired

Current Mood: cheerful
Saturday, November 8th, 2008
3:12 pm
I loved the Louvre
I discovered something very interesting about the Louvre, it's open late on Friday nights and it is (by Louvre standards anyway) remarkably empty later in the afternoon and evening. So I got to wander around everything and queued for less than five minutes to get in.

The guards were even turning a blind eye to the flash photography so I might have managed to get some decent shots of the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. It's a wonderful museum when it's not full of people.

I loved the greek and Roman statues and the Dutch painters.

Today I toured the Catacombes and found that I did not have a nervous disposition or heart trouble. It's odd but seeing that many human remains laid out seems to make it almost part of the scenery.

I might be up for climbing the Eifel tower tomorrow.

Current Mood: cheerful
Friday, November 7th, 2008
1:30 pm
Anna in Paris
And oddly much more cheerful, I don't know why Rome seemed to get me down, I mean it was full of wonderful sights, endless history and fabulous food. I think it might just have been the heat.

I managed to navigate the metro at 11 in the evening and find my way to my hotel which is absolutely perfect small, cheap (for Paris anyway) and less than 2 minutes walk from a metro.

The food here is amazing as always but unfortunately it's raining outside. I found my way to an English language bookstore and bought the new Terry Pratchett which I'm going to try and read slowly despite devouring most of the other books I've bought in less than and evening.

I also bought a small guide to Paris to help me decide what to do with the rest of my time here (although tomorrow is going to be the Louvre...all day).

I train out of here on the 10th and wind up in London for a couple of days until my flight on the 13th.

Current Mood: cheerful
Thursday, November 6th, 2008
9:18 am
Rome days 3 and 4
So yesterday despite being kind of tired I walked out to the Spanish steps and then over to the Vatican to look round the museum, I saw a mere fraction of what they've got but I did manage to fit in the Sistine chapel and the Raphael rooms.

I'm walking everywhere I can in Rome because I have a slightly bad reaction to wheat ( to the gluten in it I think). On the Camino the stomach aches that I usually get went away almost completely, I was walking with two people who are a lot more sensitive to gluten than I am and they found exactly the same thing, huge hunks of bread at every meal didn't seem to do us much harm at all. The only problem was when we stopped or slowed down all of the affects came back full force. In cacabelos where I stopped for a couple of days I found it very hard to leave because I had a stomach ache and really didn't feel like walking.

In Rome where there's a pizzaria around every corner I'm trying to keep the walking up as much as possible to stop the stomach aches.

Today I have a flight in the afternoon so I will be going nowhere more exciting than the laundrette.

Paris tonight!
Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
9:48 am
Rome is Amazing!!!
I've mostly just been walking around because the crowds kind of scare me right now.

On the first day I threw a couple of coins into the Trevi fountain, walked round the outside of the coloseum, walked over to Travastere to buy some books ( any books...god it feels good to read English language books). I also walked round the ruins by the coloseum, saw the circus maximus and the smallest inhabited island in the world.

On the second day I walked out to the New Zealand embassy, found that the Canadian embassy had moved in and spend the next 2 hours walking round the same few streets looking for the street where they'd moved to. I finally found them, voted (lovely experience, embassy staff are awesome) and then walked back and saw the Pantheon, after that I kind of got a bit lost, found pizza (actually pizza is everywhere) and a gelateria with a huge selection of flavours, two gelatis later the heavens opened and a spectacular thunderstorm started.
I walked back to the pantheon to watch the rain falling down through the dome and then got pretty soaked as I walked back to the hostel marveling at the lightening.

I don't know what I'll do today, I honestly don't feel like I've got the energy for the Vatican so the Sistine chapel might have to wait for the next time I'm here, I might go and wend my way through the capotoline museums.

Current Mood: tired
Monday, November 3rd, 2008
9:14 am
Anna in Rome
And still feeling really really tired.

I have this horrible feeling that I will wind up doing very little tourism here.

Still I will see what I can see

Current Mood: groggy
Saturday, November 1st, 2008
2:42 pm
Anna in Santiago (again)
So anyhow I fly out to Rome tomorrow night, has anyone got any requests for souveneirs?

I can do you yellow arrow things, scallop things and even witch things. I could even do you a skeleton pilgrim tee-shirt.

Hope everyone else is ok.



Current Mood: drained
Thursday, October 30th, 2008
11:48 am
Anna in Finisterre
Ok so we cheated a little and caught a taxi for the last 30k, I just got so very sick of the rain out here, it tended to mix with the cow muck and and the mud and form horrific puddles which we had to wade through.

The weather in Finisterre was absolutely lovely and we got to watch a sunset at the end of the world.

Now I´m at loose ends for a day and catching a bus back to Santiago tommorow. I fly to Rome on Sunday the 2nd and then on to Paris on the 6th where I´ll stay for 4 days. Still have to find accomodation in London and Paris but that shouldn´t be too hard.

It feels so strange not to be walking and to be able to buy heavier things.

Current Mood: cheerful
Saturday, October 25th, 2008
5:29 pm
Anna in Santiago!!!!
And feeling just a little dazed by it all. I stayed in Lavacolla again because I just couldn´t face the walk up to Mount Joy last night.

I walked slowly in this morning with some friends and felt just very very weird.

I´ve walked about 900k and I´m starting to feel it but I would also quite like to start on to Finisterre on Monday, I´ve got the time and honestly I think I would rather not hang around Santiago, it feels so busy and rushed and I´m really only moving and thinking slowly right now.

I´m staying in the Hotel Suso which is quite nice (if small).

I have my compostella but I haven´t done any of the cathedral things yet because I want to wait until late tonight when it´s quiet.

Love you all and hope all is well!

Current Mood: exhausted
Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
9:11 pm
Anna n Arzua
And yes I know it´s only 14 k but I was walking with someone who stopped at a quite nice albergue here and I decided that a good albergue experience was worth a short day (and I was so suprised to find a nice albergue out here). I made myself a huge fruit salad and had vegetable stew for lunch at a wonderful restaraunt.

Ribadiso de Baixo looks absolutely lovely in the sunshine and the rolling hills and valleys would be absolutely beautiful if I didn´t keep having to walk accross them.

It´s only 37k to Santiago now and I can sort of feel everything beginning to wind down.

Still not sure about Finisterre, will see how I feel when I´ve had a days rest in Santiago.

Current Mood: cheerful
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
4:45 pm
Anna in Melide
Yesterday everything and everyone got totally drenched in miserable cold rain. I decided that if I could make it the 25k into Palas de Rei I would have earned myself a stay in somewhere with hot showers and a towel bigger than a hankerchief. I made it and had a wonderful evening.

I think I´m going to be staying in cheap hotels for the rest of the way into Santiago (which is only like 3 days) because the last 100k rush is starting and the rushers this time don´t look all that friendly, plus it keeps raining and rain turns albergues into unpleasant seas of mud and seems to send all of the showers cold.

Melide seems quite nice which is all I can really think to say about it, I feel kind of dazed and I´m not sure why.

Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, October 20th, 2008
6:51 pm
Anna in Portomarin
And grumbling, the scenery was great but the albergue is a little underequipped (i.e. no glasses, cutlery or anything else), it´s odd that I can never seem to find a good albergue here.

I know that the little albergues in Galicia often don´t have stuff but it feels odd that one that is set to hold 160 people can´t even seem to get any glasses.

Anyhow the scenery really was great and I´m really appreciating the greeness of Galicia much more this time.

Current Mood: irritated
Sunday, October 19th, 2008
4:19 pm
Anna in Sarria
And I found my spiting frog fountain. I couldn´t remember the name of the albergue but when I saw the fountain and the deck chairs I knew I had found the right place.

The scenery today was amazing, we´re still quite high up so the views over the hills were stunning.

I took the short way and skipped Samos this time and quite liked the route. I´m planning to buy supermarket stuff and sit out in a deck chair....luxury.

Current Mood: cheerful
Saturday, October 18th, 2008
3:41 pm
Anna in Triacastela
And still no sign of the three castles. Do you think they move them when the pilgrims aren´t around?

The scenery on O Cebreiro this morning was breath taking. I met the crepe woman again and decided I didn´t really need a crepe.

I´m planning on washing almost everything I own and eating supermarket food for dinner, to me this sounds like a perfect evening.

I think I shall take the next few days slowly as I get nearer to the 800 kilometre mark.

Hope everything is going ok.


Current Mood: cheerful
Friday, October 17th, 2008
6:48 pm
Anna up a very big hill (and finally in Galicia)
I decided to take a very short day to climb a very steep hill. I didn´t stay here last time and I have to admit that the views up here are amazing.

Evem just looking out of the albergue windows is an experience.

I´d write more but I´m kind of fighting the keyboard right now.
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