Travel dilemmas

We are cycling for three weeks in South Korea (see our tour blog here). Our last cycle tour outside New Zealand was in Colombia and this is quite different! We haven’t toured in Asia since we worked in Vietnam a lot in the early 2010s. It’s fun to be back in Asia and in aContinue reading “Travel dilemmas”

Transaction Malfunction

Sometimes there is a total mismatch between people and you wonder if you have lost your bearings or if they have…that’s how things went with a recent stay in Križe, Slovenia. Here’s how our stay progressed… Jane: I booked online through Booking.Com, choosing a changeable booking. I was a bit surprised when Booking.Com didn’t chargeContinue reading “Transaction Malfunction”

The role of insurance

I hate insurance companies. That is not too strong a word. One could ask why I even get insurance because the very thought of dealing with an insurance company makes me feel stressed. My abhorrence of insurance companies stems from the Canterbury earthquakes. Up till that time, I thought of insurance as a generally expensiveContinue reading “The role of insurance”

Contrasts

Sitting in a café in Sumner, Christchurch, reminds me how much I like contrasts. Sumner and Gibbston are quite different in a considerable number of ways. In Gibbston at present there is snow on the mountains (if a rather thin cover for mid winter) while in Christchurch yesterday the sun and warm air felt likeContinue reading “Contrasts”

Coronavirus tea party

Who knew that a 1.8m diameter table would be such an appropriate size? When we bought it, our goal was to have lots of people sitting around it – we are accustomed to a constant stream of visitors given that we live so close to the (once-was) tourism capital of New Zealand. We may lookContinue reading “Coronavirus tea party”