Tag: Architecture

Amazed by Zhengzhou, China

I’ve been around a little bit but travelling into the city of China’s Zhengzhou was different to anything i have ever experienced before. The weather was great when I touched down, sun shining, albeit dimly through a haze of dust and pollution. A film of fine dust covers everything inside and out. Construction The scale…




Christchurch: Then and Now

Four years ago I travelled to Christchurch with Noel, a fast walking, fast talking Irishman from Cavan, and Ian, a lanky, slow-ambling Californian. I had met them working on the Thornton overpass in Wellington. We had been working there for months, high up and exposed to the elements, demolishing and removing rusty old crash barriers…




New Zealand: 10 Things I Hate About You

Perhaps this article should be called ‘NZ, Ten Things I Find a Bit Irritating About You.’ But that wouldn’t be paraphrasing the title of a popular movie so I’ll leave it as is… Hate does seem a little strong given that I’ve spent the guts of two years travelling in the country and obviously, for…




Cape Reinga and Giant Te Paki Dunes

Cape Reinga is not quite the most northern point of New Zealand, North Cape’s Surville Cliffs hold this title by a smidgen, but it can lay claim to where an ocean and a sea meet, namely the Pacific and the Tasmin. Jono and I took turns driving there, three hours north of Paihia. They say…




Paihia and Russell (Bay of Islands)

A week after arriving in Paihia on a rain-soaked, blustery night to find that there was no room in the inn, so to speak, I’m still here. I’ve had some luck with the hostel situation, managing to stay at Base Backpackers every night since my first, despite requiring others’ cancellations to do so. Incredibly this…




A Backpacker’s Tale of Three Towers

There is something timeless about a tower. Historians believe man have been building them from at least as far back as 8000BC. Although towers have many practical purposes, often used in the past for military defence, they are frequently emblematic of something greater. The Bible contains the famous story of the Tower of Babel, where…