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Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand

Marlborough Sounds? Sounds good to me!!!

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Helllooooo everyone! I am currently in Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand!! I left the beautiful Island of Nadi, Fiji on June 26th at 8:45 am and flew with Air Pacific for 3 hours to land at the airport in Auckland at 11:45 am, where I had a 3 hour and 35 minute layover. Then I departed Auckland at 3:20 pm and flew for 1 hour and 25 minutes with Air New Zealand to arrive at Blenheim Airport near Marlborough at 4:45 pm on June 26th. The one-way flight with the 1 layover took me the 2,673.6 km from Fiji to New Zealand and cost $481. So, I am here in New Zealand and I will be here until July 1st. I am staying at the blissful Bay of Many Coves Resort in the Marlborough Sounds which is an adventurers PARADISE and also $420 a night...... The resort itself is very unique and calming, and it is so great to return here after a busy day of adventuring. Here's a few pics of the resort:

Bay of Many Coves resort, lalalaLOVE it!

Bay of Many Coves resort, lalalaLOVE it!


The resort again!

The resort again!

Dock entrance to the resort where I arrived!

Dock entrance to the resort where I arrived!

Dining facilities.

Dining facilities.


My bedroom apartment, It even has its own balcony, talk about perfect!

My bedroom apartment, It even has its own balcony, talk about perfect!

So, today is June 29th, it is my third full-day here, and I am currently sitting on the deck of my 1-bedroom apartment drinking a nice cup of tea and enjoying the morning. I felt like now was a good time to update you guys on what i've been doing here! I got here on June 26th at 4:45 pm and I was pretty tired from the long trek so I got some food at the restaurant and went straight to sleep once I got to my room. On June 27th, my first full-day here, I felt ready to go adventuring!! So I decided to try out the guided kayak trip to visit the Salmon Farm in the neighbouring Ruakaka Bay and lunch at Ratimera Beach. It is also available to use one of the sea kayaks from the resort and go adventuring on your own, but I was really afraid of getting lost, so I thought I best stick with the guided tour. It was a lot of work to get to Ruakaka bay, especially since I don't have the strongest arms, but the scenery on the journey's there and back was so incredible it distracted me from my tired arms. Here are some pictures from that day:

Kayaking.

Kayaking.

The most beautiful water to kayak on.

The most beautiful water to kayak on.

Can you believe it? I actually saw a seal up close!! So cute!

Can you believe it? I actually saw a seal up close!! So cute!

The Kayaking was tons of fun!! On June 28th, I decided to work out my legs and not my arms..... I went bush walking in the amazing forests around the resort. There are several trails that lead out from the resort that take you through the 52 hectares of private bush, alive with native birds and animals. Again, the scenery was just breathtaking and I saw so many neat birds!!! On the way back from the bush walk, as it was getting dark, some of the staff were out escorting people to see the glow worms!! The glow worms were beyond cool!! They produced like a natural light show in the forest and it was like nothing i've ever seen! Here are some photos from my day yesterday:

Bush walking.

Bush walking.

Cute little blue bird, I wish we had animals like this back home!

Cute little blue bird, I wish we had animals like this back home!


This bird was making a really weird noise, so I snapped a pic of it.

This bird was making a really weird noise, so I snapped a pic of it.


Glow worms!!

Glow worms!!


More glow worms. Kinda of gross but cool at the same time...

More glow worms. Kinda of gross but cool at the same time...

Okay, so that is everything that i have done so far during my stay in the Marlborough Sounds. Today I am planning on experiencing cultural tourism at its best by visiting the Bay of Mystery and visiting an island bird sanctuary called Oruawairua!!
By the way, if you ever visit New Zealand you have got to try the Pavlova. Pavlova is a dessert made of meringue, whipped cream, and fruit. It is really light and airy but very tasty and originated in New Zealand!

Mmmmm pavlova.

Mmmmm pavlova.

OH, one last thing!! The people in New Zealand call themselves "kiwis"!! Just thought I would share that with you guys... I thought it was really interesting!! Okay, I'm gonna go now!! I will talk to you when I reach my next stop in Melbourne, Australia!! Peace out guys!

Posted by michaelat 15:21 Archived in New Zealand Comments (0)

Nadi, Fiji

I am pretty much on the other side of the world!!!

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After the longest ordeal of my life, I have finally arrived at my first stop in the Oceania region, Nadi, Fiji!!! It was very difficult travelling from Guyana to Fiji, but where there's a will there's a way, and let me tell you, I found a way. It was a very complicated trip but I survived. I'll break it down for you guys, because it really was a lot.... So, my first flight with Caribbean Airlines left Georgetown, Guyana at 6:00 am on June 17th and flew for 1 hour and 10 mins to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago where I arrived at 7:10 am. I had a 1 hour and 45 min layover there and then departed at 8:55 am and flew for 5 hours and 10 mins to New York where I arrived at 2:00 pm (again with Caribbean Airlines). After a 5 hour layover in New York, I departed for Las Vegas at 7:15 pm and arrived there at 10:11 pm (a 5 hour and 56 min flight) with Delta Airlines. I had another long layover in Las Vegas, almost 4 hours! Ugh, it was the worst! I then departed Las Vegas at 1:55 am and arrived in Honolulu at 5:00 am, the flight was 6 hours and 5 mins and the airplane was my favourite one yet (thumbs up to Hawaiian Airlines). I had a 7 hour layover in Honolulu and then I hopped on my next flight with American Airlines at 12:00 pm, to fly to Kiritimati. The flight was 3 hours and 15 mins and I arrived at Kiritimati at 3:15 pm. After a 1 hour layover there, I finally got on my last plane, again with American Airlines, at 4:15 pm to fly to Nadi, Fiji, where I arrived 5 hours and 20 mins later at 7:35 pm. So at 7:35 pm on June 18th I arrived in Fiji. It was really trippy because since Fiji is 16 hours ahead of us the time was so confusing and... I don't even know how to explain it! It sounds like a lot just reading it, but you have no idea..... The total trip time to get from Georgetown, Guyana to Nadi, Fiji was 45 hours and 35 mins, the total distance in kilometers was 13,892.8 and the total cost was $4,016.00 Canadian. You have no idea how RELIEVED I am to finally be here. Here are some pics I took on the journey here:

Departing Georgetown, Guyana. Gonna miss it!

Departing Georgetown, Guyana. Gonna miss it!

Piarco International Airport, Port of Spain.

Piarco International Airport, Port of Spain.

American Airlines plane.

American Airlines plane.

Me on the Airplane (It's kinda blurry).

Me on the Airplane (It's kinda blurry).

So after that dreadfully long, two-day long voyage, it feels so nice to be here in Nadi!! I am staying at the Sheraton Fiji Resort in Nadi in an Ocean Breeze room for $259 per night. The resort is very beautiful and it's so big!! I have everything I could possibly need in the resort area and its all inclusive!! After all the effort it took to get here, I think I will most likely spend my time lounging around the pool and trying to work on my tan. I may try an excursion or two if I hear about any that sound really interesting. But to be honest; i'm pretty tuckered out. At my previous stop, Georgetown, Guyana, I really did a lot of activities and tours and it was full of adventure... and then there was that 45 hour trip to get here... and i'm just tired!!! This resort is absolutely beautiful though, and I really just want to relax and take in the beautiful weather here in Fiji. Yesterday, June 19th, was my first full day here and i was so jet-lagged and exhausted, so I spent the day re-fueling by laying on the beach with a cold drink in my hand. It was heavenly!!! Today, I will probably do the same thing and just relax outside and take in the sunshine... Life is sa-weeeeet! Here are some pics of the resort and beach and whatnot:

The gorgeous pool

The gorgeous pool

Beautiful little chapel/gazebo by the ocean, the perfect place for a wedding!

Beautiful little chapel/gazebo by the ocean, the perfect place for a wedding!

The resort restaurant right on the beach.

The resort restaurant right on the beach.

My ocean breeze room!!

My ocean breeze room!!

Beaaaaach!!

Beaaaaach!!

By the way, the coolest thing I have experienced so far in Fiji (food-wise) is a Lovo!! Lovo is a Fijian delicacy prepared for communal events such as a weddings and festivals. A makeshift underground oven is fashioned by digging a hole into the ground and lining it with coconut husks, which are then lit on fire and covered by stones. Meats, fish and vegetables wrapped in banana leaves are then placed on top of the heated stones and cooked for about two and a half hours. Most large resorts in Fiji have a Lovo night once a week, and lucky for me, my resort does!! The Lovo was so interesting and the food tasted delicious!! Here's some pics of Lovo night and the food:

Lovo pit where the food was cooked.

Lovo pit where the food was cooked.

Lovo Food!!

Lovo Food!!

More food, yummy yummy.

More food, yummy yummy.

So, if you ever come to Fiji, you have got to experience a traditional Lovo!! Anyways, i'm gonna go enjoy my time here in Nadi, I shall catch up with you all at my next stop: New Zealand!! Woohoo peace out everyone!!

Posted by michaelat 12:58 Archived in Fiji Tagged #beach #resort #oceania #longjourney #lovo #relax #sun #sheraton #heaven Comments (0)

Georgetown, Guyana

Last stop in South America!!!!!!

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567 kilometers later and I arrived at my last stop in South America..... Guyana!!! My flight with Caribbean Airlines departed Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on June 12th at 6:40 and 1 hour and 10 mins later I arrived in Georgetown, Guyana. The flight was a breeze and it cost $313 for the one way, nonstop flight. I am currently staying at the Hurakabra River Resort which is a two hours journey from Georgetown and is located on the west bank of the Essequibo River. The resort is not as luxurious as the previous ones I have stayed at, it is boutique-style and very quaint and it costing me $145 per night to stay in the Bamboo Cottage. Here are a few pictures of the Hurakabra Resort:

Pic of the resort that I took from the boat.

Pic of the resort that I took from the boat.


Cute little beach on the side of the river.

Cute little beach on the side of the river.

Resoooooooort

Resoooooooort

Since the resort is located right on the bank of the river, they offer plenty of activities for the guests! Today is June 15th (my 4th day here) and in the past few days I have done a bunch of cool things. On my first day here I went on a tour (offered by my resort) to Marshall Falls which cost $20 Canadian. A cool, long walk from the river, through the jungle experiencing all the flora and fauna, brought us (me and the tour group) up 2 waterfalls for a dip. The waterfalls were absolutely breathtaking, especially with the jungle surrounding them. On my second day here I went on another tour with my resort to Parrot Island. I got to enjoy the sunset and watch all the hundreds of parrots return home to nest in the mangrove trees for the evening. It was so cool to see such an huge abundance of these beautiful birds all coming to sit in the trees at the same time. Here are some pics of the falls and Parrot Island:

At the waterfalls with my tour group from the resort!

At the waterfalls with my tour group from the resort!


The Marshall Falls in the Jungle, we went for a dip and it was so refreshing after the long walk to get there!

The Marshall Falls in the Jungle, we went for a dip and it was so refreshing after the long walk to get there!


Beautiful Parrot, I just wanted to bring him home with me!

Beautiful Parrot, I just wanted to bring him home with me!


I tried to teach it how to say my name but he wasn't cooperating...

I tried to teach it how to say my name but he wasn't cooperating...

Yesterday I went kayaking, knee-boarding and tubing in the Essequibo River, all these activities are available at the resort and are free! Today, I think i would like to go fishing on the river, some of the employees at the resort say that there are some HUGE fish to catch and I think I'd like to give it a shot! Here are some pictures of the Essequibo RIver that I have been enjoying for the past few days:

A boat from the resort that is used for knee-boarding and tubing.

A boat from the resort that is used for knee-boarding and tubing.


Essequibo River.

Essequibo River.

So that's pretty much what I've been up to here in Guyana. It has been a great experience so far, and It was far from what I expected it to be like, which was a pleasant surprise. I've had a wild time out here in the jungle and on the river and I am going to try as many different things that I can in my next couple days here. So far, my favourite thing about Guyana is the secludedness of it. Where my resort it located, makes me feel as if I'm in a different world and I completely forget about the hustling bustling life of Mississauga. One word to describe it: Peaceful. Also, if you ever come to Guyana, make sure you try the pumpkin curry and beef on rice, it was absolutely mouthwatering..... heres a pic of my plate from last night:

Curry pumpkin and beef on rice, SO GOOD! This pic is totally instagram-worthy right?

Curry pumpkin and beef on rice, SO GOOD! This pic is totally instagram-worthy right?

On June 17th I will be departing Guyana, and the whole region of South America, and I will be heading for the Oceania region. My next stop is a surprise though. So you'll find out when i get there!!! Bye!!!

Posted by michaelat 14:51 Archived in Guyana Comments (0)

Trinidad & Tobagooo

Second Stop!!!

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Aloha everyone!!! Well, I'm not in Hawaii.... but i am in Trinidad and Tobago!! More specifically, I am in Tobago, the smaller half of Trinidad and Tobago. I arrived here three days ago on June 6th around 8:00 pm. My flight with Liat airlines departed St. John's, Antigua at 5:25pm and after flying for 2 hours and 35 mins and taking one stop, I arrived at Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago around 8:00 pm. The flight was quick and easy and took me the 665 km from St. John's to Port of Spain for $629. I was so glad when i landed here in Port of Spain, because i was already on my second stop! Exciting stuff! So, i am currently staying at the beautiful Magdalena Grand Resort and i am thoroughly enjoying it (to say the least). The resort it located in the lowlands of Tobago. I am staying in a oceanfront room and it costs $199.50 per night, a bit pricey but it is waaaaay worth it! Below are a few pics i took of the resort:

The resort, amazing right?

The resort, amazing right?


swim-swim-swimming.

swim-swim-swimming.


Man, this pool and beach are to die for!!

Man, this pool and beach are to die for!!

My oceanfront room, with a view of the beach!

My oceanfront room, with a view of the beach!

Soooooooo as you can tell, i only stay at the finest resorts......
Anyway, today is June 9th. I've already spent three days in Tobago! In three days i'll be on a plane to Georgetown, Guyana! But I don't want to think about that yet, i want to take in as much of Trinidad and Tobago as possible in my short time here. Tobago is very eco-tourist friendly, if that makes sense... In the past three days I've spent all my time outdoors! On my second day here I hiked the Rainforest Reserve and, although tiring, it was very beautiful and the wildlife was vibrant and lively! they have some very unique animals there (especially birds) that I have never seen anywhere else! The hike was wonderful and i enjoyed it very much! After the long hike, i visited Salsa Kitchen Tapas restaurant where I had Tapas for the first time ever. Tapas are like appetizers and at a Tapas restaurant you are served a wide variety of appetizers, it was a great experience. Here are some pics from that day:

Flowing water in the Rainforest.

Flowing water in the Rainforest.


Taken from the highest peak of the Rainforest that I climbed to!

Taken from the highest peak of the Rainforest that I climbed to!


Rainforest hike.

Rainforest hike.

Cutest little bird!

Cutest little bird!


This was so unique and exotic I just had to snap a pic!

This was so unique and exotic I just had to snap a pic!


Salsa Kitchen Tapas Restaurant!!

Salsa Kitchen Tapas Restaurant!!

Food!!!!

Food!!!!

Okay sorry, I just have so many pictures and I want to share them all!!
Yesterday (June 8th) I went on a diving excursion with my resort! It was soooo much fun! I went drift diving with the manta rays and sharks and I even got to touch a shark!! It was pretty scary but super fun and exciting! Unfortunately, they told us we were not allowed to bring our cameras out on the excursion so i don't have any pictures from it, but I don't think I will ever forget it!
So, now we are caught up to today, and today is just one of those "Lounge-On-The-Beach-All-Day-And-Tan" type of days.... I'm not sure what I will do in my last few days, although I've heard that the mountain biking is really awesome so i think i might try that! So far i have loooooved Tobago. The resort, the people, the food, the beach, the rainforest and of course their ACCENTS!! I am absolutely in love with the accents of the locals!! But, anyway im just rambling now, I shall catch up with you guys at my next stop......... GUYANA!!!! Bye everyone!!

Posted by michaelat 14:02 Archived in Trinidad and Tobago Tagged #beach #animals #rainforest #tapas #wildlife #accents #mountainbikes #diving #sharks #mantaray #oceanfront #amazing Comments (1)

St. John's, Antigua

Peace out Canada, Hello St. John's!

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After months and months of planning, the time has finally come... I've begun my Dream Trip Around the World and the first region I am visiting is South America!!! The first stop I am making in South America is St. John's, Antigua. My flight departed from Toronto Pearson International at 10:10 am and almost 5 hours later, i arrived here in St. John's around 3:00 in the afternoon (thank God there is no time difference between here and Toronto, I did not want to deal with jet lag!). The flight was wonderful, as it always is with Air Canada, and it cost $524 for the nonstop one-way ticket that took me the 3,390 km from Toronto to St. John's. I arrived only three days ago but I have already fallen in love with the place! I am staying at the beautiful and luxurious Hermitage Bay 5 star Resort in a beachfront suite that is honestly remarkable (which is probably why it is costing me $1,065 a night.... I really splurged on this one). I'll post a few pictures of the resort so you can all gaze in awe:

The Pool/Bar Area

The Pool/Bar Area

Aerial View of the Beach, I am already in love.

Aerial View of the Beach, I am already in love.

The room I am staying in, it's not gonna stay this clean forever....

The room I am staying in, it's not gonna stay this clean forever....

Muahahaha, you know you're jealous.
But anyway, the resort is immaculate, the food is great, the employees are very friendly, the beach has the softest white sand i've ever seen and water as clear as saran wrap! The second day of my stay all I did was lounge on the beach and take in the warmth of the sun. Yesterday, I went to Harmony Hall which is an art gallery featuring the work of many Caribbean Artists. The artworks were beautiful and full of the island flavour, and the view was lovely as well. After Harmony Hall I visited Fort Barrington, the British fort built in 1779 on the shoreline of St. John's to protect the British Island from the French. It was very ominous looking as well as very old looking, but it was quite an interesting site and the view of the sunset from the top of the Fort was to die for! Here are a few pictures from my day today:

Harmony Hall, art gallery full of wonderful island-y works of art

Harmony Hall, art gallery full of wonderful island-y works of art


Harmony Hall Gallery

Harmony Hall Gallery

A lovely painting by a Caribbean Artist, I think I might buy one of the paintings here.

A lovely painting by a Caribbean Artist, I think I might buy one of the paintings here.


Paintings on the outside walls of the building.

Paintings on the outside walls of the building.

Fort Barrington

Fort Barrington


The sunset from Fort Barrington, it's like a picture from a postcard!

The sunset from Fort Barrington, it's like a picture from a postcard!

Today is June 4th and I will be departing from the tranquil city of St. John's on june 6th, which is both saddening and extremely exciting at the same time! I'm not sure what I'll do in my last days here, but i'm sure that whatever i do will be enjoyable, maybe a boat tour or excursion, or just lounging around the resort, either option is good with me! I'll catch up with you all in my next post when I will have arrived in Trinidad and Tobago woohoo!!!

Posted by michaelat 12:02 Archived in Antigua and Barbuda Tagged #art #beach #firststop #beautiful #dreamvacation #antigua #resort Comments (0)

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