Bula it’s Fiji time

When we landed in Fiji we were met by torrential rain, we could not believe it I was close to tears. The day picked up when at our hostel we got given a double room, so we just slept all afternoon, bliss. Everyone there was so friendly and polite all shook your hand and introduced themselves. Thankfully the next morning we awoke to bright sunshine and so our island hopping began…

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Beachcomber was supposed to be this huge party island, not quite. There was probably 50 people on the whole island our dorm could fit around 150 split between male & female we had 7 girls in our side. We had a good time though, we decided to just get drunk and have our own party with a few others. We made a good little group with a couple of the guys Kit and James stalking us all the way from Auckland, I thought they looked like chavs when I saw them on our flight but getting to know them on Beachcomber they turned out alright! We all played volleyball one day which was fun and all the Fijians got involved, they could actually play quite well and in the end it was just me Kit and James and about 10 of them, safe to say we stood out quite a bit.

We had a performance by the workers on the island, Fijian dancing was great, then when we were all dancing the gay barman got up and was loving it, hilarious. As well as this little Russian kid who kept being left alone by his mother throughout the day, he was such a funny little dancer really got into it. Not sure where he got his dance moves from probably a strip club where his mother worked. Me and Lou also did karaoke, the music was so loud you couldn’t hear us thankfully, we sang ‘shake it off’ by Taylor Swift the crowd loved it and so did we. We also played mini golf with our little crew which was fun but full of cheating, made it more of a laugh. The island was so small so odd to have mini golf course in the middle of it. It was really cool to start on a small island it was really beautiful and had a great time there, apart from the food was a bit hit and miss it was a buffet but not sure what half of it was.

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When we first arrived on Manta Ray beach resort we went straight to lunch which was a lot better than Beachcomber as we got a choice, so we went for classic Fijian cuisine, I had Spag Bol and Lou had Fish & Chips. We then went to our room to close our eyes for a couple of minutes, woke up 3 hours later. Great nap and it was cloudy outside so didn’t really matter didn’t lose any tanning time. That night the resort also did some traditional dancing, then got everyone up to do a weird sort of conga line, it was just another surreal moment. Next day we actually made it down to the beach to sunbathe and I also finally used my snorkel again, had been carrying it around and not using it since Thailand!! It was stunning just as good as the Great Barrier Reef and I didn’t have to deal with sea sickness which was a bonus although the sea kept going in my snorkel so I threw it away, snorkeling is just not for me. I had a lovely time in Manta Ray and got the tan nicely topped up.

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Blue lagoon resort was just absolute paradise, I thought the rest were nice but this was just beyond them completely. The beach was stunning and so was the resort. The dorms were 8 beds all single beds no bunk beds and so comfy. The food here was nicer also, best breakfast here I had poached eggs both mornings, yummy. We met Sophie in our dorm pretty much straight away and had a great few days with her. The first night we all went to the movie on the beach which was so cool watching Inception under the stars. Second night was hilarious with crab racing, all picked a crab then the first one out the circle won Louises crab one lol, her biggest achievement to date. What I loved most about our time here was the pool, it was so nice to tan by a nice pool and not get sand everywhere, loved it!! Was very sad to leave esp as we had a 5 hour boat journey back, but it’s alright we saw Robbie AGAIN!

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Back on the main land we had a couple of days free so the first day we went to the town and market, it was like being back in Asia, very small and run down. The market has a sign saying you will not get hassled, complete lie they do not stop trying to sell you things. Our second day we went on a day trip, just me n Lou was on it, felt like a VIP private tour. We visited a Fijian town which was really interesting hearing about the past and traditions. We also visited some gardens which were stunning and then went to a temple and another market, overall a good day. On our final night we went for dinner then when we came back who had arrived and been put in our room… Robbie. Funniest thing, gonna miss bumping into him.

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Had an amazing 10 days in paradise, was certainly sad to leave. Came away with an amazing tan.. and the shits. Cheers Fiji.

Louises fact – Fijians love a good remix, and don’t drink the tap water because you will get ill.

NZ 4- Sweet As Bro

Lake Tekapo was our first stop on our way back up, this was a beautiful stop, it was a really nice holiday park we stayed on full of families for bank holiday weekend, a perfect place to go, and we finally had some sun!!! Us girls were in a cabin by ourselves away from everyone else, had to go on a right trek to get to it (well up a slight hill), not impressed, but it was really cute. That night we went out for a nice meal, I had a delicious venison stew, so so good!! Then banoffe pie for dessert which defeated me, it made me really dizzy but thankfully Doc was around to assure me I wasn’t dying I had just eaten too much, classic melton.

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Up next was Christchurch, Sam left us straight away here, sad times another one going. Christchurch was really good in the day time, still devastated by the 2011Earthquake the shops and cafes were in shipping containers which was really cool. We saw the chair memorial; each one representing somebody who had died which was moving esp the kids chairs. The cardboard church was stunning felt very serene inside, quite like a spa. We then spent the afternoon in search of the giant sofas, Sara convinced “they are just over here” for about a half an hour. It was our final night with Claire, so went to find somewhere to drink with not much luck we found one pub which was full of gypsies, we had one drink then left, we stayed up till midnight though as it was Easter so we could eat our chocolate eggs.

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Kaikoura was a cute little stop, it was just like a little seaside town you would find in Norfolk. We spent the afternoon looking round all the cute little stores then in the evening we had a BBQ (well a sausage in a slice of bread). There was also plenty of wine on offer and as this was goodbye to Sara of course I had to have a few glasses!! Sara was the final one from the original bus so it was sad to see her go, for the first time in a while it was just me n Lou.

Like I mentioned in a previous post we stopped at Wellington on the way back up, we did 2 nights this time so we actually got to see the city, it pissed it down with rain the whole time!! But have no fear we found ourselves a free museum Te Papa Tongarewa. It was massive and really interesting you could spend all day there which we nearly did but instead went for a tour of the  parliament building in the afternoon. Politics geek out, it was very similar to the UK just a smaller version. Highlight was the little kids also on the tour, the guide asked if anyone had any questions he got back  “what if I need the toilet on the tour” and “how much do you get paid” I found it hilarious. We also went to the cinema to see Insurgent, haven’t seen the first one but Lou explained it, good film would highly recommend. That night sitting in the hostel Robbie, Henry and Ollie strolled through the door, just when we thought we had left everyone behind. Henry looked like a creep in his bucket hat, rain mac, trackies and flip flops. It was decided he looked like a drug dealer at a festival/ bird watcher. They were only on the bus a bit the next day before we said farewell again to them. Robbie stayed on.

We stopped off again at Taupo on the way up, coming here again  shows how much the weather and company can change your views of a place. First time it was sunny and we got to know everyone really well, this time it was raining and just me n Lou (and Robbie was floating about somewhere). So we set off in search of a platter for dinner, the one we found was not to our liking so we went for a curry instead. It was delicious!!!

When we got back to Auckland we met up with Ben and Charlotte (friends from home), we all went to the Planetarium together. This sounds quite geeky but it was actually a lot of fun and so interesting!! Now every night me n Lou do a bit of stargazing we love it, know what all the stars are… It was so nice seeing them and catching up on our travels, a good evening.

Our final stop with the Kiwi Experience was the Bay of Islands. We had a good couple of chilled nights up there and went on a day trip to Cape Reinga, highlight of this was sand boarding,  looked terrifying from the side but at the top it was not so scary and was really fun!! Funniest thing on this trip was we were sitting on the bus and some guy a couple of rows back was speaking to some people and said he was from Cambridge, me n Lou whipped around shouting we were too. Turns out he’s from Ely, the girls he was speaking to had gone to Reading uni and knew one of our friends. Next thing the girl behind us gets on so we ask her where she’s  from… Mepal, can you believe it! Had a little Cambridge crew. She also went to Long Road then Lincoln Uni and lived on the same road as me as well. Such a small world.

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Our final stop was back again to Auckland, sticking to what we know and not moving from Queens Street. It rained so we watched Game of Thrones and sat on the iron throne in the middle of town, and of course saw Robbie again. Then at the Airport had another goodbye with Henry and Ollie, just can’t get rid of this lot.

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That’s New Zealand done, so far my favourite place on this trip, I could never imagine such a stunning place and I did some amazing things, I met an incredible bunch of people who made this trip so great!! I will always remember my time on the Kiwi Experience, thanks to everyone on there, miss you all. And a final thanks to Keith, what a legend.

Louises fact – New Zealanders have no clue what Game of Thrones is.

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NZ 3 – How’s it going? F*****G UNREAL

As we continued our way down the south island we stopped at Westport which was the creepiest town we went to, they said it was a bit backwards and they weren’t kidding. Every house looked like a crack den and the people were dodge. We walked to the beach which is meant to be a 25min walk, nope took us 45min, by the time we were there it was dark. Pointless trip.

Lake Mahinapua was another pointless stop, we had to pay $50 to stay in these little mobile homes with 2 bunk beds squashed in. The lake wasn’t even that special, seen better and the water did not look great, I’ve seen reservoirs that are cleaner!!(the smiths obvs) We had a fancy dress night with the theme being ‘anything’ so I went as a traffic cone. We were driving along and I saw one by the side of the road, I said to Lou “I could be a traffic cone” so that’s what I did. We stopped to get supplies for the evening, at first I thought there was no face paint so my dreams of being a cone were over but then the cashier pointed me towards poster paint and assured me it would be ok. Thankfully it did all come off when I had a shower at 2am, I was drunk but not drunk enough to go to bed bright orange. It was a good night actually, I spoke to more people on the bus but decided I still wasn’t keen on them. Our bus broke the record for the most amount spent behind the bar- $4500. Pretty sure half of that was the farmers!!
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Franz Josef was quite a let down.
I did get to go on another beaut horse trek though, this time with Mike and Jem, we went through a rainforest and looked over towards the glacier, crazy to find so much beautiful nature in one place. We didn’t sign up to do the glacier walk as it was bloody expensive but it was cancelled anyway due to weather so didn’t miss out. We did walk up to see the glacier, what we saw was disappointing as well, Lou summed it up by saying “is that it?” Then the walk back we got drenched. It was fun in Franz Josef as we met up with everyone again who we left in Wellington and Sara and Claire as well. It was good to see everyone and catch up with the goss. Sam and Carl skipped ahead a night and joined our bus which was good to have more people to distract us from the rest of the bus.

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Wanaka was a really nice place to stop, we didn’t do anything special here, didn’t even go out but I had a great lamb pie as a snack in the afternoon!! And there was free wifi all over the town so we just abused this.

I feel i’ve been quite negative so far in this post but this will all stop now im talking about Queenstown. I Ioved this place, it felt like the whole time we were in the south island we were waiting to get there, it was worth the wait for the food alone. There was quite a few things we were told to try, so of course I had them all. First up was the Ferg Burger, god it was good and massive as well, I can honestly say up there with the best burgers I’ve ever had (Lou convinced herself it made her ill for 2 days so had bad reviews, but we know what she’s like so don’t listen to her). Then that night on the way home I shared a fat badgers pizza with Shona, did not let me down, it had so many toppings and plenty of cheese! Up next we had cookies from cookie time for breakfast, not as good as millies cookies but still incredible, and it was happy hour 8-9am so got a hot chocolate for $1. I also then that night on the way home at 3am got a steak and cheese pie from the Ferg Bakery with the lads, a pie is a perfect way to end a night!
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Of course in Queenstown I went out every night, we had 3 nights there so made the most of it. It was sad the second night saying goodbye to Shona, Chris, Jem and Mike we’d been room buddies with them since Kaiteriter so it was sad to leave them. Then on the second and final night the whole crew was back together again, so we then had all the big goodbyes all over again, sad times. Don’t worry (mother) I didn’t just drink and eat in Queenstown we also went on a day trip to Milford Sound, this was a long day we were on the coach overall for 9 hours!!!! All for 1hr15mins on the boat. It was stunning and we had a great laugh (on there with Shona and Chris) it turned into a photoshoot essentially, made full use of the selfie stick. So a good but tiring day. Also in Queenstown Lou did the nevis bungy, she liked it but said it wasn’t life changing.

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Leaving Queenstown behind it was down to me, Lou, Sara, Claire, Sam and the doctor left from the original bus.

Louises fact – You won’t be disappointed if you go to Queenstown.

NZ 2 – It was amazinggg

Lake Taupo was definitely one of my favourite places in NZ, it was a really nice little town on the lake. Lou did her skydive here, if your friends with her on fb and haven’t seen her vid check it out it’s hilarious. I didn’t do one myself, I’m too scared to go on oblivion at Alton towers so I feel a skydive wouldn’t be a wise choice. Sara and Claire left us here, had a good night out with Sara before they moved on, got a hot dog for $2 on the way home (we were only across the road) loving life. The next night we went out with everyone, I think the first time everyone really mixed well with each other. Drank a lot of vodka rasberrys that night, lou was sick the next day, she even ran off the bus to be sick lol and I felt awful all day. You’ll all be sad to here that night Tamantha and Robbie ended their love affair, however Tamantha bounced back and fell for Bobby. Theres a life lesson here, if it’s not working change the first letter of their name and see what happens!!
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River Valley was an odd but good stop, we were literally just in a valley, nothing else around us. The night at River Valley was strange, we were in a dorm of 32 people, the beds were just essentially one big mattress. And of course after a few drinks some people got a bit frisky for everyone to hear. For once the gossip was not about Tamantha. Here I went on a horse trek, when coming away I said I wanted to ride somewhere cool so im glad I did it here, we rode up through the valley, hearded some sheep out the way, it was all stunning. Hadn’t rode in about 9 years but thankfully remembered it all. After the trek we all just lazed around by the river and went across on this little platform on a wire you pulled yourself a cross on (or get others to pull you across). I of course went first, it was fun till you stop and find yourself dangling over a river.
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We only stopped in Wellington one night on the way down and didn’t get there till evening and had to leave early morning. So we went out. This time me and lou were smart and made our own vodka rasberrys before going out, it was quite a sad night as everyone was splitting up at this point all staying different times in Wellington, so everytime someone left there was a big goodbye. Nothing more to say on Wellington as we just drank there, on the way up I’ll have more to say.

The ferry over from North to South Island was loooong, 3 and a half hours, it dragged so much esp being hungover. At this point there was only 10 of us left from the original bus, the farmers, Shona and Chris, Jem and Mike, the Doc, Erik then me and Lou. We decided pretty much immediately we hated the new bus so segregated ourselves from them and spent most the south island together.

Kaiteriter, quite a pointless stop but we did win a pub quiz!! Fuelled on by the 2 vodkas you got included with your fish & chips (i love this place) me Lou, Shona, Chris, Jem and Mike formed an unstoppable team- Norfolk and Chance. Hehe naughty words. It was a relatively easy quiz but some odd questions here and there. We won a $50 bar tap so got a pitcher of cider, bottle of wine and a coke for louise. Money well spent.
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Louises fact- Vodka rasberrys are great, but know your limits.

The story of Keith

This is the story of Keith… or Keith the queef as Louise likes to call him. As mentioned in the previous  blog I first met him in Te Puia, till this day we still can’t remember what he looks like. Some say he looks like a beaver (louise) others (me) say he looks like Boy George without the make up. All we know for certain is he had a lovely tattoo of Amy Winehouse on his arm and wore a bowler hat.
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In Taupo you have the option to do the Tongariro alpine crossing, you climb up mount doom and cross over mordor. The walk up the mountain is apparently very hard, there is no set path just tracks where people have gone before and you are on your hands and knees climbing up parts. It’s 17km, takes 8 hours and costs $65, im sure you’ll be shocked to hear I didn’t do it. However many crazy people did decide to do it, one of which being Keith. You are told the day before you have to be starting to go up Mt. Doom by 9:15am if you haven’t made it up the devils staircase and starting your way up by then you shouldn’t go up. Keith clearly didn’t listen to this advice, people saw him going up as they were coming down… and that’s the last time he was seen alive… jokes he did survive, just. But he was seriously left on the mountain over night.

The next day on the bus rumours were going around the bus that someone was still not back. Our driver ‘Q’ commented “I’ve never left anyone behind before” and with that off we drove. Throughout the day everyone was discussing it and as time went on we all got a bit more concerned, I think we all thought at one point he was dead. It wasn’t until 4pm (so he now hadn’t been seen for over 30 hours) that our driver got a text through to say they had found him. With that sam just shouted from the back  “alive?”. A question we were all wondering. Thankfully he was and we all cheered and since then he has become a legend of the bus.

Rumours kept coming around about what happened on the mountain, the best one being he slept behind a rock!! It wasn’t until we were in Queenstown that we found out what happened to him on the  mountain that night. He had got on a bus a few behind us and we met a girl who had spoken to him. Turns out as he went up he lost visibility completely, he claims to have not stopped walking the whole time, scared he would get hyperthermia if he stopped. He did stop behind a rock for a bit, so that rumour was true. He got so tired and dehydrated he was starting to hallucinate and imagine people (probably Amy Winehouse). The rain was a welcome relief for him so he could refill his water bottle.  Search and rescue was out at night and he screamed for them but they didn’t see or hear him. He didn’t know where he was going (in my opinion I would just walk down but “apparently” he couldn’t figure out what was down and what was up… bullshit if it was that steep I think it would be obvious). The next day he finally made it to one of the little huts where a search and rescue guy was waiting, he just asked him if he was Keith as they’d been looking for him. When they touched his arm he just passed out from exhaustion relieved he was finally safe.
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When we were told this me and lou were pissing ourselves, the girl took it very seriously. I dunno why, he was alive. Im glad all was well with him, his story certainly brought much laughter to our bus.

The End.

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NZ 1- Kia Ora

My blogs for New Zealand are gonna be the hardest so far, I have had the best time here on the Kiwi Experience. I have met some great friends and done so much it will be hard to prioritise. Here goes…

It all began back in Auckland we didn’t arrive at our hostel till gone 1am so was not amused when we turned up to get on the bus at 7:15am to then find out it was at 8:15 bloody ‘J’ had told us wrong. Our first stop on the Kiwi bus was Hot Water beach, on the way there  we stopped at Cathedral Cove where Macklemore filmed the “Can’t Hold Us” video. We got our first look at how beautiful New Zealand could be.

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The first couple of days is just like starting uni all over again. You know you will be spending a lot of time with these people so you need to make the effort with as many as possible. We struck lucky with our roommates Sara and Claire the alcoholics, as well as Robbie and Erik. Across the hall we had ‘the kids’ a group of 4 18/19 year olds, Eleanor, Beth, Peter and Billy, who we stuck with all the way down to Wellington. The whole group went down to the beach at night to dig pits out in the sand to get to the hot water. I didn’t get in but felt it with my foot and can confirm it was very hot.

That night it felt like we were on a school trip, Erik the hilarious Norwegian guy kept us entertained walking around in his green pants and then telling us some bedtime stories of his time in the army. We laughed so much we were fearing a ‘teacher’ would come in and tell us off. We didn’t see much of Robbie that night, he was off with Tamantha* a firewoman from liverpool…

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The next day we set off towards Waitomo, we shared a room again with Sara and Claire, this time it was more like a girls sleepover. When we got there we went straight to go tubing through the glow worm caves. This was not as thrilling as expected, seeing the glow worms was cool but having to paddle myself along in the freezing cold water was not fun. Claire provided some laughs though, she hated it and thought she was going to die. At one point she jumped back in her tube and fell off, the guide asked if she was still breathing, hilarious. That night lou found a set of keys, she handed them in and we all took the credit when the owner of the keys bought us a cider before pulling out his shorts and showing us where he kept his keys. He looked like Rolf Harris, coincidence? I think not.

I had such a good time the next day, on our way to Rotorua we stopped at Hobbiton, my main reason for coming to NZ. I loved every minute of it, it was so cute I would happily live there forever. It was really interesting as well learning more about the films and the effort they put into Hobbiton. I had a delicious steak and ale pie at the Green Dragon Inn and got a free cider, happy melton.(side note- they eat a lot of pies out here, so of course I have eaten my fair share) That night we stayed at a Mauri Village in Rotorua, it was so much fun. We learnt some games and did some weaving as well as learning a song which we performed to the rest of the guests at dinner, everyone really got into it, it was hilarious. That whole experience was definitely a school trip!!

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Next day on the way to Taupo we stopped off at Te Puia, a thermal park with geysers and boiling mud, it stank of rotting eggs as did the whole town. It was really cool to see though and then our guide boiled us some eggs in a hot water pool, yummy. Not the most thrilling place we’ve been but it was the day we met Keith…to be continued.

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Louises fact- New Zealand is quite literally middle earth.

*Tamantha is a fake name, Sam didn’t want her real name being used.

Can’t afford that

Byron Bay was a a really nice little town, but hellishly expensive. Glad we had only 2 nights there, although we did have some great food so can’t complain too much. We went to sunbathe by the beach (on the grass not the sand as we couldn’t be bothered to get all sandy). We were having a good time until a dad and his kids stood pointing at the rocks. Turns out there was a huge tiger snake down there, I had a look but louise swiftly left. Not a lot else happened there to onto our next overnight bus we went, this one wasn’t as bad but still lacked sleep.
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When arriving in Sydney we decided not to let the lack of sleep defeat us and waste another day so we got straight onto an open top bus. A great way to see the city, it had a very big European influence, french looking buildings next to Italian then English ones, very pretty. The Sydney opera house looks really good from afar but up close not so impressive, needed a good clean. But the bridge was spectacular, we had dinner down by the quay one night looking over the bridge when a storm hit, it was awesome.

We visited bondi beach, it was alright, just a big beach. Nice to watch the surfers though and we saw someone getting rescued which was interesting and there we cameras so look out for us on bondi rescue. The blue mountains were pretty impressive, saw the 3 sisters then walked along one of the cliff walks, saw some spectacular views!! We went to Manly beach on our final day, it’s a really nice little town but it was raining when we visited which was a shame as it just felt like I was being dragged down to sunny hunny in the winter all over again. The hostel was horrible that we stayed in in Sydney, it was just really basic and the people staying there were incredibly messy, put a downer on our stay but still loved the city overall.
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Melbourne was a our final stop in Australia, we didn’t have a lot of time here which was a shame but we made the most of it. We treated ourselves to a better hostel and stayed in the sanctuary section which was just for a girls, a nice change. The main thing we did in Melbourne was going to the Grand Prix, as soon as Louise heard it was there she was so excited so we got tickets. I actually had a great day, I love the atmosphere at sporting events so really enjoyed it and I got quite a few autographs as well. Lost my cool when I met Jenson Button trying to get an autograph shouting “I came all the way from England to see you” then when he ignored me I ran up the line and tried again, this time I was successful but lost all street cred by saying “do Britain proud”, he did awful, I feel bad I obviously put to much pressure on him. We got to run on the track at the end to cheer on Hamilton which was a laugh, pretty sure I kicked a child out the way clambering over the fence, all part of the fun.

On our second day we spent it round the city with a girl we met on Fraser Island, and met up with Ewan from Cairns which was really nice. Would have been good to spend more time here to explore the city a bit more, we rode trams though so I was happy.
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My least favorite airport is officially Sydney, had to pay to get the train from the domestic airport to the international one, $5.80. I was fuming definitely had an Alan Melton moment and made my views on the subject very clear.

I absolutely loved my time in Australia, the heat was unbearable at times but it was all worth it, got a good tan so can’t complain. I would definitely visit Australia again but next time with a lot more money so I could do the things I missed out on.

Louises fact- Don’t sunbathe near rocks.

The water is so clear!!

Our next stop down the East Coast was Airlie beach. I absolutely loved this town, it was a really nice place to stay for a few nights and it was great as we met up with a few girls from Cairns. We spent most the time with them whilst there which was good as it mixed things up a bit for a few days and it felt like we were on a girls holiday.

Our main reason for being in Airlie beach was to visit the Whitsunday Islands. We only did a day trip,  there was an option to stay overnight but after the disaster of Great Barrier Reef I refused to. The Whitsundays were stunning, the water was so clear it was unbelievable. Our first stop was Whitehaven beach, it was stunning the sand was so white. The only thing that ruined it was the 5000 aisians taking selfies and full on photoshoots in the water. The other island we visited was Hamilton Island. We hired a golf buggy here and drove around the island which was a lot of fun. We ended the day chilling in a pool with a cocktail, felt like we were on holiday. Bliss.
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We had to take our first overnight bus down to Hervey bay, I was not a fan. I felt sick pretty much the whole journey so just sat with my head between my legs spraying my face with Evian face mist to cool down. When we got to Hervey bay we couldn’t check in but was allowed in the common area. I just crashed, I’ve been told I wasn’t looking my best, double chin, legs all over the place and sweating profusely. I didn’t care I had a good sleep, just hope I didn’t put people off their breakfast too much.

From Hervey bay we took a trip to Fraser Island, we only stayed one night but that was enough, I had a great couple of days. We went to loads of beautiful spots, lakes, beaches and the shipwreck. I did feel however we didn’t get enough time at each place. We also went to some pointless cliffs that were meant to be different colours- just looked like the cliffs at old Hunstanton. The “roads” were just dug out pits in the sand and were lined by huge trees, looked like Sandringham. Overall it was a good weekend and glad we did it, the water again was ridiculously clear, we saw one creek which you couldn’t even tell there was water in it.

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I was always excited to get to Brisbane as we were staying with one of my sisters best friends who moved out there, Lauren. She was an amazing host and made us feel really at home (she also makes the best salsa ever!!) It was great to have a few home comforts, 2 pillows, proper towels and a huge t.v. It was great, you never realise how much you miss these things until your parted from them for moths. I loved the city as well, a lot of people are not impressed by the city but I really liked it, much more there I would like to go back and do again. We did walk down southbank which was lovely, and went to the town hall museum. We practically threw our bags at the lady working the closet when she informed us the museum was free. We only go to free museums.

Our next stop was Surfers Paradise, we had heard mixed reviews of this place, my sister hated it whereas others loved it. We were going there to party and laze on a beach and that’s exactly what we did. It was fun we went on a couple of bar crawls, got our free drinks (half a shot with loads of ice) and stamps for the clubs then would go back to the hostel to drink goon to actually get drunk before heading back out again. It was a nice place, wouldn’t rush back but had a really good time.

Louises fact- Vodka rasberry is the way to go (we discovered this in Airlie Beach)